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Agile and Project Manager

Does an Agile project require a project manager?

Does Agile project require a project manager?

Or, is a scrum master, who is a coach cum facilitator, sufficient?

If you search the net you will find defenders of both side of the argument but of late the pro “need to have a project manager” view seem to be winning.

Even PMI has a certification for “Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)“.

However, few years back the pendulum was on the other side with more support for “no project manager for agile project – only scrum master / coach / facilitator”.

Why has this shift happened?

There are two possibilities.

  1. People have gained more real life experience on handling agile projects and have realized that you do need a project manager to take care of stuff like managing risk, dealing with interpersonal conflict and other people related issues, interfacing with the rest of the organization and many others.
  2. Existing project managers are trying to save themselves from becoming redundant!!

What do you think?

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Udayan Banerjee is CTO at NIIT Technologies Ltd, an IT industry veteran with more than 30 years' experience. He blogs at http://setandbma.wordpress.com.
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