Where are my Project Managers? Exploring the Role of the Project Manager Post Agile Transition

Where are my Project Managers? Exploring the Role of the Project Manager Post Agile Transition


Haley Cochran

Senior Principal Scrum Master
Symantec Corporation

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Leidos at Reston Town Center
11951 Freedom Dr
Reston, VA, 20190

Agenda and Cost:
11:00 am: Networking 12:00 pm: Program PMIWDC Members $15 Non-Members: $15 *Lunch will be served

About the Event

The technology/digital revolution makes business agility critical for meeting client demands and capitalizing on market opportunities. To do this, companies are moving away from traditional project delivery methodologies to Agile and other Lean frameworks. These frameworks replace the structured world of charters, detailed upfront requirements, timelines and the perception of control with the concepts of adaptive planning, evolutionary development, and self-organizing teams.

When first introduced to Agile, traditionally trained Project Managers are often skeptical. How can we manage stakeholder expectations without locking down scope? How can we project our delivery date without estimating every scope item? How do we expect teams to stay on track without clear direction and regular prodding? Fueling this skepticism, the Project Manager role is missing from all of the major defined Agile processes and multiple Agile community thought-leaders have stated that the role of Project Manager is replaced in Agile by a combination of the Product Owner, the Scrum Master and the Team in Scrum or other combination of roles depending on the process adopted.

It is terribly short-sighted to believe that all functions of the traditional Project Manager role can or should be executed by the Scrum Master, Product Owner and Development Team, or that those functions are no longer relevant. The need for the PMBOK processes: Risk, Stakeholder, Communications, and Cost Management are not void in Agile, and the formally defined Agile roles, in most cases, are not best to complete these activities. The mechanisms for performing these functions have simply changed.

To stay relevant and marketable in this new world, Project Managers need to understand it, know and exploit its gaps and carve out their niche. Together, we will explore these gaps and potential solutions that will empower you to succeed as and market yourself effectively as an Agile Project Manager.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
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About the Speaker

Haley Cochran

Symantec Corporation
Senior Principal Scrum Master

Project delivery expert and Agile Coach and mother of three with nearly two decades experience delivering next generation software solutions. Haley has a confident and spirited approach that energizes teams and grows enthusiasm. She has shepherded complex programs comprised of local and globally distributed teams. She thrives on fostering the Agile journey at individual contributor, leader and organizational levels. Her approach to developing an Agile mindset blends 3 key ingredients: revealing tangible examples of Agile theoretical concepts to teams, encouraging teams to value and exploit their own unique combination of skills and encouraging teams to leverage new techniques that reduce waste, increase efficiency and foster creativity. In addition to her coaching and delivery efforts, Haley is passionate about mentoring the next generation of women in technology and leads SWAN (Symantec Women’s Action Network), a networking forum for both women and men to help support and encourage female employees to achieve their potential.

About the Reston Local Community

Each month, PMIWDC Reston Local Community volunteers strive to bring you interesting and informative speakers from a wide range of professions. They present these speakers to you at the Leidos building or other organization located at Reston Town center. This is an opportunity to network with other professionals of the PMI. The conference center at Leidos offers a maximum seating of approximately 30 guests. Pre-registration is required. Luncheons are held every third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in presenting please contact the PMIWDC Staff who can put you in touch with the Luncheon Committee Volunteers. List of past events can be viewed below. Please follow PM Reston on facebook.

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