Project Manager

Project managers are highly skilled knowledge workers and change agents. They take accountability, make project goals their own and use their skills and expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose across the project team. They enjoy the organised adrenaline of new challenges and the responsibility of driving business results.

Core Skills/Attributes:

  • Works well under pressure.

  • Comfortable with change and complexity in changing environments.

  • Use / have the right people skills.

  • Adapt, resolve issues and deal with problems.

  • Effective communicators regardless of heirarchy.

  • Action oriented and leave nothing for tomorrow.

  • Command and control.

  • Key requirement is knowledge of multiple models of technical project delivery such as agile and running sprints but equally able to build confidence with the steering committee with formal project management approaches such as setting and achieving deadlines on timing and scope.

Key Activities (traditional)


Define and clarify project scope

Determine the project team structure

Setting team direction

Defining project deadlines

Develop the project management plan

Identify roles and responsibilities

Owning and coordinating activities across different organisational functions

Tracking project progress

Develop the project schedule

Identify services to be provided by external companies

Motivating team members

Project status reporting

Develop policies and procedures to support the achievement of the project objectives

Staff all project positions and ongoing management

Assigning work

Determining and taking corrective actions

Agile Scrum Master Key Activities

Agile is redefining the way we execute projects and the role of the PM. In pure Agile:

  • No defined PM role.

  • Key activities are spread / shared across team members

    • Key activities are still undertaken formally with appropriate documentation.

  • Some alignment between a Scrum Master and a Project Manager

  • Move from Command and Control to Servant Leadership

    • Coaches and facilitates teams to deliver.

    • Emphasises objectives

    • Is invested in the programs overall performance.

    • Asks the team for answers.

    • Allows the teams to self organise and hit their stride.

    • Assists others with fixing issues.

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