Henny Portman

Review Agile Portfolio Management

Henny Portman

There are not that many books on agile portfolio management, so I am curious what the book Agile Portfolio Management – A guide to the methodology and its successful implementation “knowledge that sets you apart” written by Klaus Nielsen, offers.

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Review The outcome-driven organization – Your project portfolio running on espresso

Henny Portman

Now that I am working on a book on agile portfolio management, I was curious about this book. Looking at the title I was thinking am I too late? After reading the book I am even more energized to deliver the agile portfolio management book.

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Review Project Management Maturity Model Fourth Edition

Henny Portman

Project Management Maturity Model Fourth Edition, written by J. Kent Crawford, is a comprehensive but complete guide to understand and use the maturity model PMMM. The PMMM is based on the knowledge areas of the 6 th edition of the PMBoK guide and the five levels of maturity from CMMI.

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Review PMO Services and capabilities

Henny Portman

The book PMO Services and Capabilities – Including an overview of AIPMO’s competence framework – Competences per PMO service – Techniques and tools per PMO service is written by Robert Joslin.

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Review Everything wrong with agile

Henny Portman

Everything wrong with agile – Half the work in twice the time is the first agilecartoons book by Michael Küsters. A feast of recognition. Delightful cartoons showing a multitude of anti-patterns. The 70 ridiculous agile situations are clustered in 8 groups: Let’s transform.

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Review Remote Team Interactions Workbook

Henny Portman

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Review Better Agile

Henny Portman

The book Better Agile – How every software firm can spend less time firefighting and have more fun building great software by David Daly highlights his experiences to make agile work. It offers Scrum and Kanban mistakes to avoid and three agile secrets to continuously improve your agility.

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Review Blue Striped Frog – The agile community – Magazine (3rd edition)

Henny Portman

The third edition of the Blue Striped Frog magazine offers insights into leadership, programme management, the combination of low-code with agile working and several articles focusing on working remotely under the Northern lights, Pippi’s lesson about the agile mindset and wonders if agility lost its ability to be innovative.

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Management of Portfolios, Programmes, and Projects: A practical guide for leaders and decision-makers

Henny Portman

Happy to see that TSO published my latest book. Looking for guidance and overviews of PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, MSP, MoP, P3O, MoR, AgileSHIFT, P3M3 than this book will help. Do you come across daily challenges when managing portfolios, programmes, or projects?

How to Improve Team Effectiveness & Reduce Workplace Stressors Through Exceptional Culture

Speaker: Galen Emanuele - President, Shift Yes LLC

Having a great workplace culture increases engagement and performance, yet many leadership teams lack the tools they need to successfully develop one. In this webinar, you will receive guidance on how to adapt your workplace culture and improve your employee experience.

Review Standish Group – CHAOS 2020: Beyond Infinity

Henny Portman

A few weeks ago, I received the latest report from the Standish Group – CHAOS 2020: Beyond Infinity – written by Jim Johnson. Every two years the Standish Group publish a new CHAOS Report. These reports include classic CHAOS data in different forms with many charts.

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Overview of my year 2021 book reviews

Henny Portman

2021 was again an extremely fruitful book review year. I wrote around 35 book reviews including 12 corresponding quick reference cards and several personal insights, and views on specific topics in the field of project, program and portfolio management.

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Review The Professional Agile Leader

Henny Portman

The professional agile leader – The leader’s journey toward growing mature agile teams and organizations by Ron Eringa, Kurt Bittner and Laurens Bonnema provides a detailed understanding of the leader’s role in an agile transformation.

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Review Cycles – The simplest, proven method to innovate faster while reducing risks

Henny Portman

The book Cycles – The simplest, proven method to innovate faster while reducing risks , written by Bryan Cassady with the collaboration of 22 co-authors, offers not only the ‘ why’ and ‘ what’ but also the ‘ how’ of innovation.

Modern Data Architecture for Embedded Analytics

Data has gone from a mere result of applications & processes to being crowned king. Picking the right avenue to data architecture depends on your organization’s needs. Development teams should build in stages, starting with a task that can be solved.

Review The good mate

Henny Portman

The book The good mate – How understanding team relationships can make you happier and more productive , by James Johnson and Evan Sorensen, offers the tools and shows the needed skills for successful team relationships.

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Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) Framework

Henny Portman

My ‘bird’s eye view on the agile forest’ gives a fairly complete picture of the different agile frameworks. I only adapt it when I come across really deviant frameworks. This time it’s MAHD.

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Agile 2 a new tree or just a small scrub in my agile forest?

Henny Portman

Someone noticed me of Agile 2. If you look at the corresponding website, Agile 2 is positioned as the next iteration of agile. It’s still works in progress of a group of 15 authors. You can find their case for Agile 2. Why they think agile is deeply broken and that they want to fix it.

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Review Being a Project Manager

Henny Portman

B eing a Project Manager – A different Book on Project Management by Hamutal Weisz and Daniel Zitter focuses on the essentials and practice of project management. . I love the process of baking bread as a metaphor for project management and all those related colorful pictures throughout the book.

Blueprint to Modernize Analytics

The longer you wait to modernize your application’s analytics, the longer it will take for you to realize this value. A blueprint helps you define your new solution, plot out how to get there, and determine what you’ll need in terms of time and resources.

Article The revolution of agile frameworks

Henny Portman

Nice to see that the Finnish magazine PROJEKTI Maailma 2 2022 posted my article The revolution of agile frameworks. The article reflects the keynote speech during 3PMO-tapahtuma 8.6.2022. portman-vedos-2-pm-2022-2 Download. Agile article English Post

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Review 12.5 years AGILE in the Netherlands

Henny Portman

Xebia published an interactive e-magazine Agile NXT ‘ 12.5 years AGILE in the Netherlands – more than a decade of agile captured in compelling stories and next steps for the future’. In total seven interviews and five articles.

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Review Successful Digital Transformation

Henny Portman

In the book Successful Digital Transformation – A Survival Guide for Managers and Executives by Marc Beijen, we get a nice and practical overview of different possible and mutually reinforcing digital transformations that you can use when formulating your own digital transformation.

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TOAH and Programs

Henny Portman

I am happy to announce a new article I wrote together with Henk Venema. Programs are sometimes seen as a relic from the past; something from the time when we weren’t talking about agile working. In small organizations, this could very well be the case.

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Best Practices for Deploying & Scaling Embedded Analytics

Today, sophisticated capabilities such as adaptive security, predictive analytics, workflow, and writeback are taking analytics far beyond basic dashboards and reports. With cutting-edge capabilities like these, application teams are able to differentiate their products from the competition.

Review IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline – for developing competence in managing by projects, version 1.1

Henny Portman

IPMA OCB offers insights for all interested in understanding how to improve the way projects, programmes and portfolios are managed in an organization.

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Japanese version of my QRC Team Topologies (????????)

Henny Portman

Awesome to see that Kakutani Shintaro translated my QRC Team Topologies into Japanese. ??????????????. Published on [link]. For a review of the Team Topologies book and English QRC see: [link]. agility English Post QRC

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Brief comparison between MSP 5th edition and MSP 2011 edition

Henny Portman

After nine years there is a new edition of the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) guide. It’s a best practice so I assume the changes will be incremental and not a revolution. Good to see that the guide is 80 pages less (now 224 pages) and I really like the four scenario’s which are used to show what specific topics mean for the different scenarios.

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Henny Portman

Happy to see that one of the key chapters of my Dutch book Scaling agile in organisaties is now not only available in English but in Portuguese too. O GERENTE DE PROJETO SOBREVIVERÁ NO MUNDO ÁGIL? .

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Enhance Employee Wellness to Retain High-Performing Teams

Speaker: Eric Torigian - Managing Director, Advisory Services, CHRO Solutions

During this informative webinar, Eric Torigian, Managing Director at CHRO Solutions, will explore how organizations are emphasizing employee wellness, how that has helped workers attain a healthy "life balance", and how, as a result, this has contributed to corporate success.

Editor’s Choice Awards

Henny Portman

Delighted to hear the news that two of my papers received an Editor’s Choice Award.

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Project management maturity and excellence models: Stirring in the fruit bowl

Henny Portman

Happy to see that the Project Management world Journal published my featured article Portman, H. 2022). Project management maturity and excellence models: Stirring in the fruit bowl; PM World Journal , Vol. XI, Issue II, February.

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Interviewed by Yu Yanjuan for PMR (China)

Henny Portman

Honored to be interview by Yu Yanjuan, Journalist of Project Management Review (PMR, China). The interview is republished with the permission of PMR in the PM World Journal (PMWJ). To see the original interview with Chinese introduction, visit PMR at [link]. PMR (2021).

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The Continuous Innovation Framework (COIN)

Henny Portman

I just came across a new framework that could be positioned on the portfolio level of my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest.

Employee Wellbeing & DEI: Supporting Inclusivity Throughout the Employee Life Cycle

Speaker: Catherine Mattice - Culture Consultant, Business Coach, Strategic HR Expert

Join Catherine Mattice as she details actionable steps for encouraging and reinforcing inclusive behavior from the employees’ first day all the way to their last.

Review Introduction to Blockchain Technology

Henny Portman

Quite often you hear the words blockchain, bitcoin or cryptocurrency, but do you really know what is meant with those words? Tiana Laurence wrote the book Introduction to Blockchain Technology – The many faces of blockchain technology in the 21 st century to demystify these words.

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My virtual world tour in search for the best PMO

Henny Portman

Today I finished my tasks as judge in the 2021 World PMO of the Year Award competition organized by the PMO Global Alliance. This was the third time in a row and every time I am amazed how many excellent high performing PMOs there are. It’s not only a judging process.

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Digital Transformation – 11-Step Ticking Clock Model

Henny Portman

The Digital Transformation – 11-Step Ticking Clock Model visualizes the digital transformation journey that organizations go through: future thinking, centricity and future proofing.

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Review Intention

Henny Portman

Two weeks ago, I received a blurb request. “I I saw on your blog that you reviewed Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, and I’d like to ask whether you’d be willing to consider giving a blurb to a similar book”.

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Unlocking Your Supply Chains True Potential in The Midst of Disruptions

Speaker: David Food - Head Of Supply Chain at Board International

In this webinar, Supply Chain Futurologist David Food will discuss how to manage risks and build customer loyalty in the midst of disruption. Don't miss out!