The manager’s role tends to vary by organization, so take this list with a grain of salt and adapt it to your situation.

Traditional Project Manager (Non-Agile)

This role is often the individual accountable for the effective management (cost, schedule, quality) of a project. This role is accountable for the overall management and successful completion of the project.

  • Establishes the project budget

  • Ensures project communication

  • Ensures project definition (objectives, work breakdown structure, identify resource requirements)

  • Ensures project planning

    • Assigns responsibility

    • Sequences deliverables

    • Schedules deliverables

    • Schedules resources

    • Develops a risk and opportunity plan to assess and plan prevention or capitalizing actions

    • Establishes the earned value system if used

  • Ensures project implementation

    • Assembles the team

    • Monitors project

    • Modifies project

    • Closes out and evaluates the project

  • Gets status from the development team regularly

  • Arranges customer meetings as required

  • Approves purchasing and subcontracting (if required)

  • Partners with customers to ensure project plan and schedule is doable (cost, schedule, technical)

  • Sets performance standards for the project participants

Agile Modifications to the Manager Role

  • Some of the traditional role is still included.

  • Manager helps manage the customer’s expectations about Lean-Agile.

  • Ensures visual management—a Kanban board to radiate data for reporting.


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