With any consultancy project it’s important to assess the culture of the business that you are working for and then adapt the delivery method around them. Sometimes this calls for a blend of delivery approaches. The primary concern of the Project Manager should be to deliver. It’s getting to the point of delivery that needs some thought.
As an Agile Project Manager/Scrum Master I want to get things done quickly, to see results quickly and to produce quality products quickly. I find there are a number of key points to getting this done:
- Adaptation to culture
- People first process second
- Delivery First Documentation second
- Setting realistic Goals/targets/delivery dates
Everything becomes much easier if lines of communications are opened. Be available to talk things through, be available to arbitrate disagreements and solve problems. Ultimately make the team communicate better, make the team deliver things quicker by removing roadblocks, make the stakeholders agree to the scope of the Project the delivery methods and the milestones, make the plan hold and if it shifts tell the stakeholders sooner rather than later and do the same with the budget. A bit of honesty goes a long way, plus the sooner those that need to know, know, the sooner something can be done.
The path of least resistance can mean getting involved in the doing not just the directing. Getting involved can be a problem if it is taken to far as the Project Manager/Scrum Master you shouldn’t be creating the product but if you can see a path to getting things done, think about it, if you have the time and personal resource do it. The team will appreciate you going out of your way to get things done for them, the stakeholders will see the extra effort and the good feeling will pay back divedends when times are hard.