How Does Agile Management Meet That Requirement?
Agile Management offers flexibility as the team minimizes focus on “set" requirements and plans. This methodology is differentiated from traditional ones in its incremental, iterative approach as well as its significant emphasis on people, their discipline, competencies, and abilities to work together to get the job done rather than on processes, "unchanging" requirements, documentation, and sticking to hopefully unchanging plans.
Although technically savvy, the Agile Project Manager’s primary job is to guide customers, stakeholders, and teams to reaching their full potential, and in turn complete projects that are functional (using feature-based scope), timely and acceptable to the customer, having involved all of them throughout the entire process.
That said, Agile Management’s emphasis on soft skills does not mean that traditional management methodologies neglect the importance of soft skills. Much to the contrary, successful Project Managers, no matter the technique employed, continually and effectively communicate, build strong teams, motivate, plan, monitor, and execute projects while prioritizing and controlling scope. This is done typically in environments that necessitate such an approach to timely and successful project completion.
The Agile Management approach includes several development processes, including SCRUM and Extreme Programming, which will be introduced in my subsequent article to be entitled, Project Management Methodology: Employing Agile Development.