Agile and Project Manager


Does Agile project require a 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Existing project managers are trying to save themselves from becoming redundant!!

What do you think?

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  1. I think the question will swing back and forth indefinitely, because it’s framed the wrong way. There are a many things a team will do to increase its chance of success. Some of those things are traditionally linked with project management: dealing with stakeholders, managing risks and issues, status reporting, coaching, leadership and so on. I prefer the question ‘does the team have the resources it needs to manage the project itself?’. If it does, then it probably doesn’t need the support of a project manager.

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