The IT Project Manager and the Agile Team

The second thing people ask you (after your name) is your profession. I am an IT Project Manager. I help developers produce the right software for the needs of my customers.

Often people ask for more information like: “I know that software is developed by Software engineers, but what does an IT Project Manager do? Do I need a project manager for my project, how does he fit in the software development process? How do you develop software?”

Well, there is no better answer than an example; let’s consider a recent project that I managed:

The company undertook a software development and migration initiative with a nearshore development team consisting of a Scrum Master and the team. The team included three programmers with different backgrounds (strong coding, strong web designing, strong database knowledge, etc.), one tester and one software architect.

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Project Tailoring

Because every project is unique, the Project Manager should take specific actions to ensure success:

 

  • choose the most relevant processes given the size and nature of the project 
  • make the processes clear to all team members
  • act in accordance with the stakeholders’ requirements
  • balance competing demands, such as cost, resources, scope, and quality
 
The way a project is tailored  will depend on organizational process assets as well as enterprise environmental factors (external and internal factors that contribute to the circumstances around a project. They often provide constraints to project planning and execution (Government standards and marketplace conditions – like the availability of resources) . 

Projects Characteristics

Projects make up almost half of the work that most organizations do. Organizations use projects to help meet their strategic goals. In terms of strategic goals, projects may help an organization meet changes in market demands, customer requests, or organizational requirements. They may also help an organization make the most of technological advances or meet legal requirements.
Although projects are temporary, they are not necessarily short-lived. A project’s life span can vary from a few days to several years. The key is that a project has a set beginning and an end point.
We can understand better projects when we place them in context:

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