The Agile Project Manager

Bill Gaienne


Prior to implementing Agile, most classically trained project managers are taught to master the tools and techniques of the profession. Through practice and study, these individuals apply processes and tools meant to control the execution of a front-loaded, detailed project plan. In many cases, success is defined by how closely the execution matches the plan as well as the PM’s ability to limit scope creep, not to exceed the provided budget, and delivering on time based on the initially defined schedule. And although the mastery of managing a project’s triple constraints is important, this traditional project management approach does not make allowance for change or include a delighted customer as part of the definition of success. Traditional project management tends to place adherence to process and plan above the need to effectively and efficiently respond to and embrace change.

Agile is a management framework that takes into account the realities of building software in today’s dynamic and competitive environments. It allows for change and flexibility so that the possibility of delivering the best product is not only possible, but likely. One of the principle foundational tenets of Agile is that the definition of what the best possible product is may evolve over the course of development as we are exposed to more information and our understanding of what product our customers need grows. A traditional approach to project management believes that we can define what the best possible product is upfront before we have built anything.

Given the vast differences between these approaches, today’s project managers must be prepared to also adjust their approach to the management of their projects. Unfortunately, many of today’s project managers who are asked to lead Agile projects are not taught key leadership skills and they ultimately struggle to fulfill the purpose of this role. This webinar will briefly examine what today’s project managers must focus on in order to find success when applying an Agile approach.


Presenter Biography

With nearly 20 years of software development experience, Bill Gaienne has encountered the entire spectrum of project challenges and has used this practical knowledge to develop a unique approach for consistent project success. Bill has trained over 5,000 people in the art of implementing an Agile approach for software development, and has personally led dozens of teams to project success. Working with some of the largest corporations, governmental agencies, and multinational firms in the world, Bill has learned the secrets of how to effectively transform an organization's approach to the development and delivery of their products.