Agile and Project Manager
Or, is a scrum master, who is a coach cum facilitator, sufficient?
If you search the net you will find defenders of both side of the argument but of late the pro “need to have a project manager” view seem to be winning.
Even PMI has a certification for “Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)“.
However, few years back the pendulum was on the other side with more support for “no project manager for agile project – only scrum master / coach / facilitator”.
Why has this shift happened?
There are 2 possibilities.
- People have gained more real life experience on handling agile projects and have realized that you do need a project manager to take care of stuff like managing risk, dealing with interpersonal conflict and other people related issues, interfacing with the rest of the organization and many others.
- Existing project managers are trying to save themselves from becoming redundant!!
What do you think?