Henny Portman

Heart of Agile: a missing tree in my bird’s eye view on the agile forest

Henny Portman

On linkedIn I received a remark that the Heart of Agile was missing in my bird’s eye view (kudos to Milvio D. ). The Heart of Agile is a radically simpler approach to achieve outstanding outcomes. The founder is Dr. Alistair Cockburn, one of the Agile Manifesto co-authors.

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Review: A Guide to Assurance of Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

This guide (2017) is a result of the working group of the Association for Project Management’s Assurance Special Interest group (APM’s Assurance SIG).

Agile Performance Management: Measure what matters retrospective

Henny Portman

Friday September 13, I was one of the 40 participants of the second Agile NXT Future Friday conference organized by Xebia in Hilversum, the Netherlands. It was, similar as the first AGILE NXT Future Friday, perfectly organized, interesting topics, great food, and enough time to network.

SAFe 5.0 brief preview

Henny Portman

In the beginning of 2020, a new version of SAFe will be available. It’s, as usual, fully backward compatible with SAfe 4.6, allowing a smooth migration. There are now seven core competencies that enable business agility.

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Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

Review Agile Governance and Audit

Henny Portman

Christopher Wright wrote the book Agile Governance and Audit – An overview for auditors and agile teams. Auditing of an agile way of working looks like an unexplored corner. There is not that much written about this topic.

AgilePM building block approach

Henny Portman

Happy to see that the Agile Business Consortium copied one of my blogs on their site. In this article I propose a way to reduce the AgilePM documentation by using a building block approach. Have a look at the Agile Business Consortium for the blog. For the complete article see my blog.

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AgilePM documentation based on building blocks

Henny Portman

If you look at the AgilePM (The DSDM Agile Project Framework) documentation set-up you could ask yourself if it’s not too much for an agile way of working? In AgilePM the following documents are described: Terms of Reference. Business Case. Prioritised Requirements List.

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Mini webinar PRINCE2 Agile Agilometer

Henny Portman

On request of several of my followers I created a mini webinar of the PRINCE2 Agile Agilometer. According to the official PRINCE2 Agile manual, the Agilometer is a tool that assesses the level of risk associated with using agile in combination with PRINCE2.

Review Official PRINCE2 Foundation App

Henny Portman

A companion learning tool to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. It’s based on a simple 3-step approach: study, practise and mock exams. You can do a quick test by topic or a full mock exam. You can review answers provided with explanations and results will be tracked by topic.

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.

Review User Story Mapping

Henny Portman

Jeff Patton wrote the book User Story Mapping. Story mapping it’s a tool to enable your team to hold better conversations about the project throughout the development process. Your team will learn to come away with a shared understanding of what you’re attempting to build and why.

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The Toyota flow system

Henny Portman

The Toyota Flow System (TFS , developed by Nigel Thurlow, Professor John Turner, and Brian Rivera, 2019 ) can be described as a system of patterns, practices and techniques to enable organizations and institutions to achieve desired outcomes in a complex world.

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Agile NXT Future Friday retrospect

Henny Portman

Friday May 10, 2019, I was one of the 40 participants of the first Agile NXT Future Day conference organized by Xebia. It was perfectly organized, really interesting and next level topics, great food, and enough time to network.

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50 shades of gray between agile and waterfall

Henny Portman

This article, published in Kwartalnik Project Management Institute Poland Chapter [link] Wrzesie? 2019 nr 26, is an updated version of the 50 shades of gray between agile and waterfall story I presented during the last NTPM 2019 conference in Gda?sk, sk, Poland.

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

The Agile Fluency model

Henny Portman

The Agile Fluency model, developed by Diana Larsen and James Shore in 2012 and substantially updated in 2018, is a framework to help teams understand their current position and to help them develop an individual road map.

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Review Flawless consulting

Henny Portman

Peter Block is the author of Flawless consulting – A guide to getting your expertise used. Starting point are the following three consulting goals. Establish a collaborative relationship.

Review: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

Scott W. ambler and Mark Lines are the creators of the Disciplined Agile Delivery framework and the authors of the book Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery – a small Agile Team’s journey from Scrum to Disciplined DevOps ( 2 nd edition).

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Bimodal Portfolio Management

Henny Portman

Introduction. At the moment, many organizations are in the middle, or on the brink of, a radical change to more business agility. I receive quite often the question how to cope with both an agile portfolio as well as a more traditional portfolio with temporary projects and programs.

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Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

Review AGILE NXT – New Insights for Agile Performance Management

Henny Portman

This is XEBIA’s second edition of AGILE NXT (see AGILE NXT for the first edition). This time you get approximately twenty articles to bring you up to speed with new insights for agile performance management.

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Review: An executive’s guide to disciplined agile

Henny Portman

The book An executive’s guide to disciplined agile – Winning the race to business agility written by Scott W. Ambler and Mark Lines give a good overview of Disciplined Agile.

Review: DevOps a business perspective

Henny Portman

Oleg Skrynnik wrote the book DevOps a business perspective. It’s the core literature for the EXIN DevOps Foundation certification and gives a good overview of DevOps.

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Review: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Portfolio Management

Henny Portman

Scrum.org wrote the whitepaper An Introduction to Evidence-Based Portfolio Management. Evidence-Based Portfolio Management is an approach that applies lean and agile principles to the challenge of deciding where to invest to derive the greatest business benefit.

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How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.

AGILE NXT FUTURE FRIDAY 2019

Henny Portman

I give a lot of workshops and presentations and in many cases, attendees ask for the ‘silver bullet’ to become agile. It is far too short-sighted to think that you have to implement one agile framework and you achieve agility.

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Agendashift, a new tree in the agile forest

Henny Portman

I thought I now covered all agile ways of working but I failed (again). I found a new one. This time it’s Agendashift. A 21 st century modern engagement model (developed by Mike Burrows) that is needs-based, outcome-oriented, continuous and open to help organizations grow wholeheartedness.

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130 top project management influencers 2019

Henny Portman

Happy to find my name on a list of 130 Top Project Management Influencers of 2019 (not in the top, but in the list) by the Digital Project Manager. Have a look at 130 top project management influencers 2019. English Post

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Review Make Disruption Work

Henny Portman

Alexandra Jankovich and Tom Voskes wrote the book Make Disruption Work – a CEO handbook for digital transformation. Everybody is talking about digital disruption. It will continue impacting every sector and industry and creating new ways for companies to serve customers better, faster and cheaper.

Make an Impact with Analytics and Journey Maps

Speaker: Kirui K. K., Co-founder and CEO of Tanasuk Africa

If you want to offer a better user experience, it can be tempting to track each and every data point in your product. However, this can quickly get complicated and overwhelming as you collect more and more data. How do you know which metrics will help you improve? Kirui K. K., Co-founder & CEO Tanasuk Africa, wants you to know that analytics don't have to be complicated to make an impact - no matter the size of your company. Join him as he explains how to create a customer journey map, then use that map to figure out the metrics you need to know - and how to use them.

PMO of the world award 2019

Henny Portman

The PMO Global Awards is the PMO Global Alliance’s annual award for the most outstanding Project Management Offices in the world.

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Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

LiquidPlanner

Let’s say you’re well-qualified in your technical skills—be it Java, programming languages, infrastructure, networks or system administration.

How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

LiquidPlanner

All projects—especially large, complex projects—need clear priorities. Easier said than done. You can count on technical projects, no matter how well-planned, to involve change orders, re-prioritization and the regular appearance of surprises. It’s just the natural order of things. But still.

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The Best Risk Management Tools & Techniques for PM Pros

ProjectManager.com

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” goes the old saying. Project managers know this better than anyone, for what is a project if not a venture? Risk is inherent in project management and so is the need to control it.

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Your Post-Launch Toolkit for Understanding Your Users

Speaker: Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product, Simple Health

If you've ever launched an MVP, you know that the journey has only just begun. How do you figure out what to do next? You know that you need to look at how different user segments react, but how do you quickly distinguish signal from noise so you can iterate and improve? Join Brittney Gwynn, former Director of Product at Simple Health, as she explains how you can use early customer feedback, usage data, and continuous experimentation to optimize your journey to product-market fit. Whether you're at a brand-new company, or looking to innovate within a more mature organization, or anywhere in between, you'll come away with a new skill set, ready to make the most of your launches.

Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

LiquidPlanner

Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager. We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. They won’t give me timescales that will help me plan.

7 Proven Planning Techniques for Better Projects

ProjectManager.com

A project without a plan is like a car without a driver. The project plan is the guide that gets a project manager from concept through execution, and a finished product at its destination. There’s an argument that a project plan supersedes everything else in a project.

10 Easy Ways to Get PDUs & Stay PMI Certified

ProjectManager.com

A project manager is a professional. And, like any professional, if you take your profession, your career and yourself seriously, you’ll undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD). What is a PDU?

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Time Estimation for Project Managers: Tips & Techniques

ProjectManager.com

“If only there was more time,” goes the lament. Project managers sing this sad song, but don’t expect the chorus to join in. Keeping to the project’s schedule is one of the three prongs of the triple constraint. Time rules all projects.

A Simple Framework for Complex User Goals

Speaker: Hannah Stegen, Customer Service Manager, Crescendo

How can you measure and affect your users' behavior if they're not doing something that's easily measurable? You can monitor usage, activation, retention, and more, but those metrics don't always align with every one of your goals for your users. Hope is not lost, however: with the right framework, you can still make sure your users are on track. Join Hannah Stegen (she/her), Customer Success Manager at Crescendo as she explains how you can monitor even the most complex user journeys by breaking them up into Attitude, Intention, and Behavior.