I am sure many people involved in the software development projects came up with this question, but I could not actually come up with satisfying answer.

  • How to explain to a manager used to having a huge gantt-chart, resource allocation, critical-paths (etc) benefits of using agile process tool such as Scrum or Kanban?

A typical problem is explaining why testing sometimes takes longer than the actually coding...

  • You can't. Just as "You can't teach old dog new tricks."
    – Euphoric
    Apr 15, 2014 at 13:13
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    Possibly related? Are project managers useful in Scrum? Apr 15, 2014 at 13:13
  • You start by asking him if he likes the constant updating of the gantt-charts due to hare-brained requests from the customer that get retracted or changed a few weeks later. Apr 15, 2014 at 13:16
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    I don't see how this is answerable in an objective manner, what agile development is, is objective, but there are very many ways of explaining the same thing, or very many answers none of which is correct or incorrect.
    – Sklivvz
    Apr 15, 2014 at 13:48

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I'm not sure this is the right forum for this question, but since similar questions are already here, my advice (out of experience) is:

Don't bother explaining. Rather, show him.

In particular, if you want to introduce agile or scrum processes, you'll have to do two jobs: on one side, report him the data he wants (Gantt charts, estimates). On the other, let your team work Scrum without interference. When things go well (they will if your team is with you) you can turn over and say "by the way, this time I managed things this way" and introduce him to agile.

A "traditional" PM is not opposed to process: however, they have probably been around long enough to survive most PM fads and would rather see results than babble.

  • Yeah, some people think my question is related to the "Are project managers useful in Scrum" thread. It is not. I have upvoted your answer, but some guys keep downvoting, I have no idea why to be honest...
    – DejanLekic
    Apr 15, 2014 at 13:40
  • It's a community, so majority vote rules. Thanks anyways :)
    – lorenzog
    Apr 15, 2014 at 13:44

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