Role of Management
Agile/Scrum is an organizational approach to project management and requires buy-in from senior management to be effective.
When to Use Role of Management
When an organization determines to use the Agile/Scrum approach, there will be changes to organizational structures and management systems that require senior management leadership to be implemented. Once Agile/Scrum has been adopted, senior management must ensure the practices are followed and not abused.
- Implementing Agile/Scrum requires vocal and visible support from senior management.
- Changes to business processes for project management planning and reporting.
- Changes to roles and responsibilities of stakeholders.
- Organizational change requires resources and a plan to be effective.
- Change management methodologies.
- Communication planning.
- Response to resistance and doubt.
- Management sets expectations about the project management approach.
- Timebox scheduling.
- Dedicated team members.
- The role of the Product Owner with respect to scope management.
- Management sets expectations about adaptability and flexibility.
- Story Cards.
- Sprint Demos.
- Management sets expectations about responsiveness to removing Roadblocks.
- Management ensures Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Scrum Team members are properly trained.
- Management ensures the Scrum Team has the proper environment for doing project work.
- Physical or virtual co-location.
- Dedicated to the Scrum Team during the Sprint.
Hints and Tips
- As with most organizational change initiatives, start with a pilot to work out the bugs.
- Agile/Scrum is a big change for how management often interacts with project teams; don’t underestimate the amount of culture change required at that level.
- Vocal support is good – active support is better. Gauge the level of management support by how involved they are in the change.
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