Yesterday was day 2 at the annual North American Scrum Gathering (click here for the events from day 1). The day featured several tracks covering a broad array of topics:
- The Edge of Chaos (innovation, risk, cunning…) Host: Jimi Fosdick
- Huge Scrum! (Massive implementations) Host: Sabine Canditt
- Good Practice (e.g. coding, testing, collaboration, design…) Host: Michel Goldenberg
- Scrum in Context (what Scrum can learn from other industries and research, and what Scrum can teach) Host: >>Bob Sarni
- When worlds collide â€“ Scrum and traditional Project Management. Host: Dave Prior and Mike Cottmeyer
When Worlds Collide
â€œAgile project managers consider Scrum teams their customersâ€
That is a quote from Sanjiv Augustine in his â€œAgile PMOâ€ talk. This was the first full session of the day for the Project Management track. His offered some interesting models of what a more adaptive PMO should look like. For example, PMOs should be virtual committees, whose members work on and report to real projects.
PMOs All Around Us.
For the next session, I moderated a panel discussion on the Agile PMO. Since Sanjiv had just spent an hour setting a baseline of what an Agile PMO could be, it was time to get down and dirty with some different perspectives. The panel included:
- â€œLeading Agileâ€ blogger Mike Cottmeyer
- Scrum expert and PMP Jimi Fosdick
- APLN co-founder Sanjiv Augustine
- Lyssa Adkins, the Agile coachesâ€™ coach
- Mark Perry, PMI Director for Gantthead.com
There was some fun banter back and forth, but we all settled on some core points. First, the PMO should be chartered to enforce principles, rather than compliance. Next, metrics should be driven primarily by business levers, and only secondarily by cost/schedule. All of these experts offered great insights and are worth looking up.
â€œAgile Project Managerâ€¦.or notâ€
Closing out the day, Lyssa Adkins offered a compelling presentation on moving â€œTraditional Project Manager Turned Agile Coachâ€. This talk offered some of the best observations about the Project Manager role, and they were posted on the PMI Agile twitter feed. At the end of the talk, Mike Cottmeyer gave an abbreviated Pecha Kucha version of his â€œAgile PMPâ€ talk, which served as a dynamic counterpoint to Lyssaâ€™s points. Then, at the end of the talk, they started riffing off each other, and arriving at some strong agreement, despite the seemingly opposite positions of their presentation titles.
The day featured an enjoyable knowledge exchange for the relationship of Scrum to project management. Tomorrow will be day 3, featuring an open space format.
Question: What do you think of the observations of these experts?