out of every team member and point the team
in the right direction—as well as redirect people
when they get off track.
While agile projects do need strong leadership
to succeed, the project manager is not necessarily
the leader of the team. In fact, the best term to
describe an agile project manager is a coach.
For example, in soccer, the coach selects his
team, analyzes the opposition, prepares tactics
for his team and trains them before a game. He
guarantees they have everything they need to be
at peak performance and that nothing interferes
with them. However, the coach does not try to
guess every move of the opposing team or plan the
VOICES In the Trenches
Three requirements for a great agile team.
By Gerald O’Connor, PMP
ALTHOUGH AGILE APPROACHES do not
prioritize processes, tools and documentation, agile
isn’t anarchy. In fact, three factors are required for
a great experience with agile.
A GREAT COACH
The agile project manager’s role is to facilitate and
direct a team to achieve a common vision. To do
this well, the project manager must ensure team
members have everything they need to best fulfill
their role and complete the project’s tasks. The
project manager should remove anything that may
get in the team’s way of realizing the project’s vision.
A great agile project manager can get the best