In an agile project, the entire team is responsible in managing the team and it is not just the project manager’s responsibility. When it comes to processes  and procedures, the common sense is used over the written policies.

This makes sure that there is no delay is management decision making and therefore things can progress faster.

In addition to being a manager, the agile project management function should also demonstrate the leadership and skills in motivating others. This helps retaining the spirit among the team members and gets the team to follow discipline.

Agile project manager is not the ‘boss’ of the software development team. Rather, this function facilitates and coordinates the activities and resources required for quality and speedy software development.

Responsibilities of an Agile Project Manager

The responsibilities of an agile project management function are givem below. From one project to another, these responsibilities can slightly change and are interpreted differently.

  • Responsible for maintaining the agile values and practices in the project team.
  • The agile project manager removes impediments as the core function of the role.

  • Helps the project team members to turn the requirements backlog into working software functionality.

  • Facilitates and encourages effective and open communication within the team.

  • Responsible for holding agile meetings that discusses the short-term plans and plans to overcome obstacles.

  • Enhances the tool and practices used in the development process.

  • Agile project manager is the chief motivator of the team and plays the mentor role for the team members as well.

Agile Project Management does not

  • manage the software development team.
  • overrule the informed decisions taken by the team members.

  • direct team members to perform tasks or routines.

  • drive the team to achieve specific milestones or deliveries.

  • assign task to the team members.

  • make decisions on behalf of the team.

  • involve in technical decision making or deriving the product strategy.

In agile projects, it is everyone’s (developers, quality assurance engineers, designers, etc.) responsibility to manage the project to achieve the objectives of the project.

In addition to that, the agile project manager plays a key role in agile team in order to provide the resources, keep the team motivated, remove blocking issues, and resolve impediments as early as possible.

In this sense, an agile project manager is a mentor and a protector of an agile team, rather than a manager.