Keep Your Project Workforce Agile
An agile organization must have an agile workforce. It’s the organization’s responsibility to create the environment for an agile workforce, of course…but you, the project manager, also have a role—an important role. All you need are some tactics to get you started.
The key to success is to be able to apply the appropriate technique to the situation. And don’t forget to document what you do. It will be important come time for annual performance reviews (more on that later).
1. Support training of workers in new methods, especially “rapid” or “agile.”
Even if you do not get any benefit in your current project, you will be rewarded with more loyalty and better skills in later projects. You will also have evidence for your support and leadership in this area.
- Express your support for project workers in such things as taking training courses, attending lunch and learn events, or PMO methodology reviews, etc.
- Make sure project workers attend events that actually support the organization’s stated strategy or new methodology.
2. Make time to go over the new steps and expectations in any new methodology used in your project.
Remember that most workers will keep previous assumptions about what they are supposed to do—and when.
- Review as a team any new steps and expectations (quality, timeliness
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