A Project Manager’s Personal Agility Sightings


By Raji Sivaraman, M.S, PMI-ACP, PMP
Principal of ASBA LLC, Singapore/USA
Adjunct Professor, Feliciano School of Business
Montclair University, USA


Michal Raczka, MBA, PMI-ACP, PMP, CISA
IT Strategy Vice Director at mBank S.A.
Warsaw, Poland



This paper explores the nuances of different aspects of agility on a personal level of Project Managers honing business/professional agility through Personal Agility (PA) self-assessment. This paper highlights the different flavours of PA that projects and project oriented organization frames need for successful project implementation, whether it is a small/medium/large project in any industry. Agility brings personal value, leadership, navigation, managing the tides of knowledge and putting on the captain’s hat of resilience. The lighthouse of this paper guides you to the safe shores by guiding you through several colours of agility such as emotional, outcome, cerebral, flexibility, adaptability and preparedness. Our PA lighthouse guides you to the secure shores of your personal vision, prepare you to tread the long roads of mergers/acquisitions, use Individual and Collective PA Assessment, which is a vital requisite for managing successful projects in the present fast changing environment. Influencing with PA to work on personal visions (long-term plans) and development sets a Project Manager’s directions, be it right or wrong. Many strong pillars of PA steers you to your goal alignment, paving the way to project agility, getting ready for opportunities and changes when and where all your stakeholders need it. The problem statement is – “why are projects less than 100% successful?”. The aim of our research is to instil in PMs that using our PA methods results in projects reaching the desired outcomes. The findings of our paper are 7 main PA subtleties that are the guiding light to avoiding turbulences.

Key words: Resilience, Healthy procrastination, Project adaptability



Decision on management mindset and best practices cuts through impact and quality of personal and group knowledge. Take a journey on a Personal Agility Boat to visualize options, alternatives and opportunities. Visualization is the way to your shore’s lighthouse.

Maintaining leadership competence with personal agility means Return on Trust, diplomacy, maintaining and building attributes at all the stages of involvement. Training at the Personal Agility gym is crucial for balance/speed to cope with Project Managers’ business approach and quality and honing of business/organizational agility through personal agility self-assessment. Agility is an amenity. We need to work on our personal and collective habits in order to merit and master Agility.

The quintessential question at hand is; to what changes should we adapt to? There are so many of them. We need to work on our personal thermostat and figure out the right temperature for each entity. We could also say that we live in a VUCA environment, reflecting on the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of general environments and circumstances. We can also say that every project sails in a VUCA environment.

Research results and discussion

In this present era, the trend is such that changes in our environment and projects occur at the very high pace. In order to survive we need to learn and adapt at a much faster pace than ever before. This then step up to the Hyper and Hypo factors of crucial and unplanned agents for vigilance, which includes individual and team characteristics as the Personal Agility Lighthouse shown in the Exhibit 1 below:



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Editor’s note: Second Editions are previously published papers that have continued relevance in today’s project management world, or which were originally published in conference proceedings or in a language other than English. Original publication acknowledged; authors retain copyright. This paper was originally presented at the 6th Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States, University of Latvia, April 2017. It is republished here with the permission of the authors and conference organizers


About the Authors

Raji Sivaraman

Singapore / USA

Raji Sivaraman
, M. S, PMI-ACP, PMP, Principal of ASBA LLC, a Singapore citizen, helps USA/Singapore companies with strategic planning/overseas start-ups. She speaks several languages. She has worked in Singapore, Thailand, India and the USA. She helps fortune 50/500 companies with CSR/BSR projects. She is a Consultant, Director, Strategic Advisor and an Advisory Board member for non-profit organizations. She has worked in IT, publishing, financial, standards and logistics industries. She is an Adjunct Professor and visiting specialist at Montclair University, USA. She is a Researcher, Author, Contributor to Project Management books, published articles, research and white papers internationally. She is a global facilitator, trainer, speaker, discussant, chair, CXO moderator and a panellist. She is an Agile practitioner with a Master of Science Degree in Project Management. She has held leadership positions with the Project Management Institute at the chapter/global level and conducts workshops around the world. In a nutshell, she is a Pracademic.

LinkedIn: /raji-sivaraman

Website: http://agilitydiscoveries.com/


Michal Raczka

Warsaw, Poland



Michal Raczka, MBA, PMI-ACP, PMP, PSPO, AgilePM, CISA, is a project management expert, experienced in new technologies & digital leadership fields. Currently, he is the IT Strategy and Project Management Vice Director at mBank S.A. He is also a project management lecturer at the Executive MBA programs. He has conducted several organisational changes involving the optimisation of project management methods and agile transformations. Always keeps Team in the centre. Value and results focused with lean and agile approach. Individual with proven achievements in project & business management, process improvement and team leadership. Experienced in managing geographically distributed, multi-disciplinary projects and customer teams. Experienced in project excellence awards assessments. Conference speaker. Strategic Advisor. Lecturer. Volunteer. Mentor.

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