The Agile Tribe

Three Truths

Three truths about human behaviour that project managers should just accept:

Author: Graeme Robb – Agile Coach

1 . Many people become shy when the group gets larger than 5 people

It’s easily tested: put a group of 10 people together and ask them to do something. You’ll see that only 2-3 of them will be really actively contributing.

Do a separate test with groups of 5 and you’ll see that almost everyone will be much more relaxed and contribute in the task.

The truth is that many people are shy, and will withdraw almost completely from larger groups.

Now, obviously this is a personality thing and varies from person to person, so it’s probably quite relevant in IT where the requirement for high attention to detail and technical mastery often is best done by people who are on the introverted side of the scale.

Mix in some cultural issues and this becomes a very serious consideration. This reduced participation translates into $$$$s, so, design your projects around small teams.
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Becoming Agile

Author: Craig Smith

After a recent talk I gave about Being a Business Analyst in an Agile world, I was asked for some resources that might also help a Project Manager move into the world of Agile. The difficult thing I find that project managers deal with on Agile teams is the need to let go of work at the task level, and the need to move to more of a leader role and what I call a “traffic cop” that protects the team.

The PM is outside the core team, dealing with stakeholders, budgets, resourcing and all of the big issues whilst protecting the team so they can get on and deliver software. Hence the reason I recommend that a PM is not the iteration now.

For Leadership and Project Management:

And then there are many new leadership techniques which fit hand in hand with Agile (moving from management to leadership) as well as many good books, but a couple to get you started:

Some great books:

Here is a list that was put together earlier in the year of the Top 100 Agile books, and I would agree with most of the titles on this list, so it might be worth a browse as well.

Agile Training:

Finally, it would be remiss of me not to mention the Agile Academy, they have a two day Project Management course that was developed originally based on work carried out in Suncorp.

Craig is an Agile coach and has spoken at various conferences about Agile and related topics including Agile 2010, Agile Australia 2010 and the Atlassian Summit. He openly shares his knowledge and experiences through slideshare and his blog.

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