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Agile in practice - adjusting your mindset

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APM Scottish Branch ended March with a well attended informative seminar delivered by Andy Baldrian, focusing on Agile in practise.  The evening commenced with a review of the roles of the Scrum master and the Servant leader, leading onto the product owner and the team.   These interestingly title roles each have a unique roles to play in an agile project, from the servant leader driving the project to the product owner effectively being the CEO of the team, agile requires each team member to be 100% committed to the team.  A concept that many project managers may be unfamiliar with, no doubt used to dividing ourselves amongst several projects at once!
Agile is about responding to change and requires an environment that encourages openness.  Being open about the things that one does not know are vital for agile to succeed, following this route allows the problems to be solved rather than glanced over.  Agile effectively turns traditional project management on its head, not telling you how to do a project, but following a set of principles.  Agile projects are value driven and are about being able to change the process / way things are done.  Changing the way teams do things must be dealt with.  

Erin Clerihew
Scotland branch committee member



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  1. Adrian Pyne
    Adrian Pyne 24 June 2016, 01:04 PM

    Clearly some great messages came out at the event from Andy Baldrian, e.g. focus on value and turning PM on its head - in that Agile projects seek to maximise what they can achieve (Scope) within fixed Time and Cost.I do (again) caution against thinking that Agile projects are just IT ones featuring Scrum or some other Agile DEVELOPMENT method. Agile PM goes way beyond the delivery approach. E.g. Scrum and its ilk says nothing about preparing an organisation for a new capability, nor transition, etc.Agile PM can be used for non-IT projects and even for managing waterfall delivery. Beware being driven down an IT and iterative cul-de-sac.