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Manage Your Agile Teams without Them Knowing (With Sarah Hoban from Booz Allen Hamilton – The Digital Project Manager

This podcast is part a published article on The Digital Project Manager. You can read the entire article here.
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Audio Transcription:
Ben Aston:
The DPM podcast is where we go beyond the theory to offer expert PM advice to help you lead better digital projects. Thank you for listening. Ben Aston is the founder of Digital Project Manager. “Oh, I love being governed.” This statement was never made and even if they did, it would be hard to believe that anyone said that about being micromanaged. The role of project manager can be difficult. How can we manage our teams and projects without being micromanagers? And how can we manage teams that don’t want to manage themselves? With the shift to agile projects and scrum dictating a product Owner role, a scrum master, but no Project Manager, what is the future for the Project Manager?
Today’s podcast will reveal all. Sarah Hoban is a PMP-certified project manager and Project Manager. She is a strategy consultant who has more than 10 years of experience in leading complex multi-million dollar projects and leading diverse teams around the world.
Passionate about resilience in the face of uncertainty. Her career has been focused on Well, sometimes sneakily, incorporating project management techniques in order to improve organizational and business processes. Sarah is a project management thought-leader and author of a weekly podcast and blog that focuses on project management and productivity. Sarah, tell us a bit about yourself. Tell us about your project management experience. How did you get into project management?
Sarah Hoban:
Hi, Ben. It’s great that you are here today. Since college, I have been a strategy consultant. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I discovered that the roles that I was given were project managers. I was so happy about that. It was the most exciting thing for me to discover that someone would pay me for what I love and do well, which is organizing, making people efficient, and being a manager.
Ben Aston:
That’s a great achievement. It’s rare to hear someone tell you that they knew they wanted to be Project Manager early in their career. What was it about you that made you realize or have an epiphany that this is what you want to do? Did you have a moment?
Sarah Hoban:
My younger brother would probably tell you that this tendency was present early on. However, I think being thrown into a pool with a client and a group that didn’t get along and having to resolve conflict, negotiate, and see where I can add value right away is really rewarding. This is all about talking to people all day. This is the art of figuring out a strategy. This is about getting things done efficiently. It was so much fun. It was so much fun.
Ben Aston:
That’s awesome. You clearly love it. Tell us a little about the projects you work on. What are you working on?