Who is the Team Leader and who is the Team Manager? The roles and responsibilities

Date: 07/07/2020| Category: Best Practices Glossary| Tags: ,

A Team Leader is a specific term used in the AgilePM methodology while a Team Manager is a term used in the PRINCE2 methodology. Both organize the production in a constantly changing context while ensuring the team cohesion. They provide direction, instruction and advice to a group of people, also known as a team, in order to achieve a certain goal. An effective Team leader/manager will know the strengths, weaknesses and motivations of all of his/her team members.

The roles of the Team Leader and the Team Manager

  • The role of the Team Manager in a PRINCE2 project

The team manager is the person responsible for the production. This within the limits that are set by the project board, regarding quality, timescale and costs. The team manager is allocated by the Project Manager and this is defined in the work package. The team manager role reports to, and takes direction from, the project manager. If a team manager is not assigned, the project manager will undertake the responsibilities of the team manager role.

  • The role of the Team Leader in an AgilePM project

The team leader ideally acts as the servant-leader for the Solution Development Team and ensures that the team functions as a whole and meets its objectives. The Team Leader works with the team to plan and coordinate all aspects of product delivery at a detailed level. This is a leadership role rather than a management role. The person holding it will ideally be elected by his or her peers as the best person to lead them through a particular stage of the project. It is therefore likely that the Team Leader will also perform another development team role, in addition to their team leadership responsibilities.

The Responsibilities of the Team Leader and the Team Manager

The Competences of the Team Leader and the Team Manager

The Team leader/Team manager must have:

  • significant managerial / leadership and organizational skills
  • a developed sense of teamwork
  • great technical knowledge to be able to understand all tasks carried out by his team
  • time management and problem solving skills
  • a great knowledge of the software used in the project

And the Project Manager, how is that role defined? Discover it by reading this blogpost.


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