From Project Manager to Agile Coach

It’s a matter of fact that agile project management approaches are getting more and more popular – not only for managing IT projects, but also in other PM application areas such as product development projects.

Lyssa Adkins is a very experienced project manager and PM consultant with over 15 years of experience in a wide variety of industries and teams – large and small. In the following video she talkes about how the role of a project manager should develop towards an agile coach – quite interesting.

I summarized the key points of the video for you. Hope this helps…

Some rules and key success factors of being an agile coach:

1) Be detached from outcomes: don’t only focus on WHAT the team works on (outputs and outcomes) but also on HOW the team works

2) Take it to the team: let the team solve the project’s issues and problems

3) Be a mirror: reflect back to the team, ask questions

4) Master your face: practice non-violent communication, be relaxed

5) Let there be silence: get comfortable with un-comfortable silence

6) Model being unreasonable: be wild, be big, be bold

7) Let the team fail: teams that fail and recover together are much stronger, trust!

8) Be your team’s biggest fan: …and tell your team

What is it to be an Agile Coach?

– Bulldozer: sweep problems and issues out of the way for your team

– Shepherd: get them back on the path

– Servant Leader: serve the team, be a facilitator; „Make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.

– Guardian of quality and performance: watch WHAT and HOW your team is producing

And this is part two of the presentation:

3 Gedanken zu „From Project Manager to Agile Coach“

  1. I am honored to be on your blog. Thanks for watching and look for more to come. I am working on a video about the roles in Agile and how they interlock with one another – in the same style as the „Project Manager to Agile Coach“ videos.

  2. This is nothing to do with Agile. This is to do with the behaviour of the Project Manager and is equally applicable across any methodolgy/approach.

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