How to Manage Agile Teams?
The Agile Methodology emphasizes individuals, collaboration, and self-organizing teams. In fact, two of the 12 principles in the Agile Manifesto focus on these concepts:
- Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need and trust them to get the job done.
- The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.
So the question becomes: what is the role of a project manager within Agile, and how do you best manage Agile teams?
The manager’s role in an Agile team is to act as a coach, facilitator, and support person for your team. Your key focus needs to be on facilitating communication between your team and other stakeholders, as well as removing roadblocks to progress. For instance, using the Scrum framework, the project manager will often step into the role of scrum master, part of which involved facilitating the daily team meetings.
Another key function of managing an Agile team is supporting your team members’ advancement and development. The final principle in the manifesto states, “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.” As the manager, your job becomes helping them find ways to improve and supporting that improvement, whether it’s personalized coaching, enrolling them in courses, or other advancement opportunities.