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Are Project Managers the Dodos of the Agile Age?

Are project managers destined to become obsolete and ultimately extinct? According to Shivam Abrol in a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, in the agile age, project managers are being moved to the “endangered species” list. This need not be the case for you though.

Survival Is about Adaptation

So why are project managers being phased out? One reason for this is because project management has entirely changed and managers are not adapting along with this change. Products are being pushed to be released more rapidly than ever under smaller budgets. Managers need to understand the importance of time and become an active leader, rather than just a voice dictating the schedule.

There is also a shift from a labor-driven IT department toward a department focused on productivity. There are many tools available to assist in this regard; find the ones that work for you and utilize them to avoid becoming archaic. Project managers need to adjust their focus toward seeing the outcome rather than being motivated by the processes. They will find that being an approachable friend who encourages the team to voice their opinions will prove more beneficial than simply being a supreme overlord, bossing everyone around. Do not fear failure and embrace the “fail fast” mantra; the more quickly a project fails, the faster changes can be implemented and a better process created.

Abrol lists five behaviors that a project manager can engage in to stay current:

  1. Be hands on.
  2. Understand new technology.
  3. Embrace the project manager mindset.
  4. Bring together technology and product.
  5. Do not be afraid of failure.

The position of project manager does not need to be eradicated in its entirety. Valuable skills and experience can still be gained from this role, so adjust and stay off the list of phased out entities. You can read the original post here:

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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