9.0 Project Resource Mgt.
Agile Considerations and Emerging Practices
Regardless of which project life cycle approach is used, project management styles have been shifting away from a command-and-control structure and toward a more collaborative and supportive management approach. This helps empower teams by delegating decision making to them.
Projects with high variation, such as adaptive or agile projects, benefit greatly from high collaboration and supported team infrastructures. They achieve greater flexibility, improved communications, increased innovation, and accelerated integration into their work activities. The increased use of agile approaches has led to the rise of self-organizing teams, where the team functions without central control.
Globalization, the scarcity of specialized skills, and the availability of communication technology such as audio conferencing, web-based meetings, and video conferencing have enabled virtual team capabilities and changed how a project manager facilitates team management and development.