One of the common misconceptions about agile processes is that there is no need for agile project management, and that agile projects run themselves.
“Agile project management is an iterative approach to managing software development projects that focuses on continuous releases and incorporating customer feedback with every iteration.”
That is a fairly broad description in which the management responsibilities are shared between the roles of Product Owner, Scrum master and Development team. However, as per Mike Cohn’s great article on the need for good Agile Project Management,
“for a team to succeed with agile development it is essential that a shared vision be established. The formation of the project vision is not the responsibility of the agile project manager; usually the vision comes directly from a customer or customer proxy, such as a product manager. The project manager, however, is usually involved in distilling the customer’s grand vision into a meaningful plan for everyone involved in the project. Rather than a detailed command-and-control plan based on Gantt charts, however, the agile plan’s purpose is to lay out an investment vision against which management can assess and frequently adjust its investments, lay out a common set of understandings from which emergence, adaptation and collaboration occur, and establish expectations against which progress will be measured.”
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