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Agile Trends and the Project Manager - 2020
It is that time of the year again, when we talk about trends. I was reading "The Most Important Agile Trends to Follow in 2020"
https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-.../a/d-id/1336550
The trend seems to be towards Agility at scale, business agility and supporting frameworks SAFe 5.0 and Scrum at Scale.

I wonder as project managers how does our role evolve when aligning to these trends of business agility and Agility at scale ?
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Why do you think the article stated are valid tends in the field of Agile? In fact, why do you think that some of them belongs to Agile? More, why do you think those will impact the project management world where projects are not related to software projects only?. Talking about Agile is not related to software, which was the field where Agile was born.
The "trend" in scaling seems to be based on the fierce competition between various frameworks and designs (S@S, LeSS/Nexus, SAFe). Many organizations have accepted that Scrum works on a team level, but they need help when they have multiple teams working on the same product. There's a lot of debate over which is best and I suspect there's room for multiple solutions at the table, but the consultant industry knows there's a lot of money to be made, too.
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2 replies by Priya Patra and Sergio Luis Conte
Jan 03, 2020 12:58 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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@Wade, sorry for make a comment on your comment but as other times your comment is very interesting and valuable. Please let me say something I can sustain with practice. There is not need, it has no sense, doing something to scale if you use a framework like Scrum for the first time with systemic theory in mind and practice. In fact, if you review the fameworks/methods you mentioned the only thing will provide is a nightmare because the lack of consistency. In fact, most of the arguments about Scrum did not work is because two items: 1-do not understand that Scrum is a framework that organizations must fill it up with tools and some techiques that best fits for the situation. 2-do not undestand that any method will involve cross functional teams then they are covering scalling in implicit way. 3-everything it is installing into an organization (the system) will impact the whole organization as a whole.
Jan 03, 2020 9:43 PM
Priya Patra
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Agreed Wade. I believe a framework is just a guard rail. We as change agents should look for solutions which are best suited for our projects
Jan 03, 2020 12:44 PM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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The "trend" in scaling seems to be based on the fierce competition between various frameworks and designs (S@S, LeSS/Nexus, SAFe). Many organizations have accepted that Scrum works on a team level, but they need help when they have multiple teams working on the same product. There's a lot of debate over which is best and I suspect there's room for multiple solutions at the table, but the consultant industry knows there's a lot of money to be made, too.
@Wade, sorry for make a comment on your comment but as other times your comment is very interesting and valuable. Please let me say something I can sustain with practice. There is not need, it has no sense, doing something to scale if you use a framework like Scrum for the first time with systemic theory in mind and practice. In fact, if you review the fameworks/methods you mentioned the only thing will provide is a nightmare because the lack of consistency. In fact, most of the arguments about Scrum did not work is because two items: 1-do not understand that Scrum is a framework that organizations must fill it up with tools and some techiques that best fits for the situation. 2-do not undestand that any method will involve cross functional teams then they are covering scalling in implicit way. 3-everything it is installing into an organization (the system) will impact the whole organization as a whole.
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1 reply by Priya Patra
Jan 03, 2020 9:43 PM
Priya Patra
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Thanks Sergio for your thoughts
Dear Priya
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

Refers to PMI and Agile Certifications?
It seems to me that we will have news about the acquisition of DA (Disciplined Agile by PMI)
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1 reply by Priya Patra
Jan 03, 2020 9:38 PM
Priya Patra
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:) Thanks Luis !
Priya -

Our role as PMs in facilitating successful change won't change but how we go about our role will change depending on the framework adopted by the company we work for.

If the company "slavishly" follows SAFe, there may be no titled PMs, but we might morph into Release Train Engineers. Disciplined Agile on the other hand recognizes the benefit of PMs and doesn't shy away from calling a duck a duck...

Kiron
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1 reply by Priya Patra
Jan 03, 2020 9:38 PM
Priya Patra
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Thanks Kiron for your inputs. Facilitating change is what we do, be it be at the team level or at a scaled way at the enterprise level.
Jan 03, 2020 4:48 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Priya -

Our role as PMs in facilitating successful change won't change but how we go about our role will change depending on the framework adopted by the company we work for.

If the company "slavishly" follows SAFe, there may be no titled PMs, but we might morph into Release Train Engineers. Disciplined Agile on the other hand recognizes the benefit of PMs and doesn't shy away from calling a duck a duck...

Kiron
Thanks Kiron for your inputs. Facilitating change is what we do, be it be at the team level or at a scaled way at the enterprise level.
Jan 03, 2020 1:15 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Priya
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

Refers to PMI and Agile Certifications?
It seems to me that we will have news about the acquisition of DA (Disciplined Agile by PMI)
:) Thanks Luis !
Jan 03, 2020 12:44 PM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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The "trend" in scaling seems to be based on the fierce competition between various frameworks and designs (S@S, LeSS/Nexus, SAFe). Many organizations have accepted that Scrum works on a team level, but they need help when they have multiple teams working on the same product. There's a lot of debate over which is best and I suspect there's room for multiple solutions at the table, but the consultant industry knows there's a lot of money to be made, too.
Agreed Wade. I believe a framework is just a guard rail. We as change agents should look for solutions which are best suited for our projects
Jan 03, 2020 12:58 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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@Wade, sorry for make a comment on your comment but as other times your comment is very interesting and valuable. Please let me say something I can sustain with practice. There is not need, it has no sense, doing something to scale if you use a framework like Scrum for the first time with systemic theory in mind and practice. In fact, if you review the fameworks/methods you mentioned the only thing will provide is a nightmare because the lack of consistency. In fact, most of the arguments about Scrum did not work is because two items: 1-do not understand that Scrum is a framework that organizations must fill it up with tools and some techiques that best fits for the situation. 2-do not undestand that any method will involve cross functional teams then they are covering scalling in implicit way. 3-everything it is installing into an organization (the system) will impact the whole organization as a whole.
Thanks Sergio for your thoughts

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