How to make an impact as project manager in an Agile environment

Last week I had the opportunity to host a session on the IPMA VAKdag Back to Basics which was held on Tuesday 17 November 2022 in Amersfoort. The conference was focusing on the ICB competence model for project managers. I was asked to tell about agile and thought this to be a nice challenge. What do you tell project managers about agile? That there are neither projects and project managers in agile? Precisely that!

But I wanted to turn the talk into something use-full. So, I offered a solution. To add value as project manager you have to understand agile and have an understanding of the challenges the teams are dealing with. It doesn’t work project managers ignore the content and the struggles of the team and superimpose deadline pressure on them. The wave model that I introduced in my book serves as a tool to identify challenges that are relevant. Secondly, I suggested to use the competence model to identify skills and knowledge that may be relevant when searching and implementing solutions for that challenge. This enables project managers to step forward and contribute to the value flow.

The message was received well and with IPMA we will see if we can organise a follow-up on the session. In the meanwhile I’ll share my slides below.

About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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