Are You a Next Generation Project Manager?

In today’s business world, it seems the demands placed on project managers continue to pile up. Now, CIO reports that Forrester analyst Mary Gerush has published a report entitled “Define, Hire and Develop Your Next Generation Project Managers” that proves just that.

According to the report, in which Danube’s own CTO Victor Szalvay was listed as a source contributor, project managers hoping to compete in today’s business landscape require “enhanced leadership skills,” flexibility and a focus on business value, and, more than ever, a strong familiarity with agile project management techniques and processes.  That latter point dominates the majority of CIO’s synopsis, as Gerush points out that companies are transitioning from traditional management to agile because they “are striving to achieve faster [software] delivery without diminishing quality or increasing cost.”

What are you seeing at your organizations? Has knowledge of agile methods become a necessary part of successful project management at your organization? If so, how much has it eclipsed the traditional practices that companies have relied on for years? I’m curious to hear just how widespread and mature agile and scrum adoption really is.

Laszlo Szalvay

Laszlo Szalvay is one of the foremost Scrum experts in the software industry. At CollabNet he oversees the company’s global Scrum business, helping organizations adopt and scale Scrum-based initiatives to drive productivity and quality improvements. He creates engagement frameworks to forge lasting Agile-process transformations at customer sites, using a personal approach to teaching and implementing Lean/Agile/Scrum processes as a means of achieving greater IT agility. He is expert at leading successful distributed Agile environments (usually with an Indian or Chinese offshore model), and addressing cultural nuances, replication issues, and capital and headcount resource requirements. Prior to CollabNet, Szalvay co-founded and led operations for Danube, a leader in Scrum tools and training, before it was acquired by CollabNet. He is an active industry thought leader, having written and contributed hundreds of articles, presentations and blogs on improving software delivery through Scrum. Since mid-2010, Szalvay has traveled more than 330,000 miles throughout Europe, Asia and North America, working with CollabNet customers and partners to gain a unique perspective of the complexities and success strategies of a globally distributed software organizations.

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