Henny Portman

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 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 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 Remote Team Interactions Workbook

Henny Portman

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Cyber Security, Change Management and Enterprise Risk Management: Scaling Operations for Growth

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance

Join us as we discuss the various tangents of data and the change management process that will help you make better risk-based business decisions to save time and money for your organization.

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 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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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 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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The Innovative PM: Cultivating Creativity in the Evolving Hybrid Workspace

Speaker: Rachel Rai Henry, Founder of the Creative Flow School

In this one-of-a-kind webinar, speaker, creativity expert, and educator Rachel Rai Henry will walk you through the evolution of hybrid work management through the lens of creative flow.

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.

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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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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How to Build Data Experiences for End Users

Organizational data literacy is often addressed, but it’s uncommon to consider users’ data literacy levels when building products. Product managers need to recognize their end users' data literacy when building an application with analytic features.

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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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.

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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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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Projects Deliver Products, Products Deliver Strategy

Speaker: Peter Monkhouse, Founder, NewGenP

This webinar will introduce a strategy implementation circle, which will demonstrate the role that projects and products play in assisting an organization with strategy implementation. The webinar will emphasize the importance of using an iterative approach to product development and project execution.

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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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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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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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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The Definitive Guide to Embedded Analytics

Transform how you build value for your products with this definitive guide to embedded analytics.

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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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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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.

A PM’s Master Class on Building and Maintaining Stakeholder Relationships

Speaker: Americo Pinto, Founder and Chair at PMO Global Alliance

In this discussion, Americo Pinto, Founder and Chair at PMO Global Alliance, will walk you through best practices for communicating with stakeholders.

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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Henny Portman

Happy to see that the article about TOAH and programs I wrote together with Henk Venema is not only available in English but in Portuguese too. ed100_artigo12-toah-e-programas Download. Agile agility English Post TOAH

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Agile vs Waterfall: May the 4th Be With You in the Great Debate

Speaker: Joe Pusz, President, The PMO Squad

In this discussion, PMO Joe will challenge your thinking and perhaps bring you to the conclusion that the debate doesn’t exist. He will discuss the pros and cons of each approach and examine if one is superior to the other.

Review Blue Striped Frog – The agile community – Magazine (2nd edition)

Henny Portman

I just had a sneak preview of the second edition of the Blue Striped Frog magazine. Several articles clustered around the themes: the age of agility, best practices, organizational agility and articles. My compliments to the editor team. They can be proud of the result.

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Remote Agility Framework

Henny Portman

Just published the New bird’s eye view on the agile forest (PMWJ) and I can already make an adjustment (will it ever stop?).

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Quick Reference Cards in 2021

Henny Portman

As a result of my book reviews in 2021, I created several Quick Reference Cards to summarize what I have read. QRC’s: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]. Agile English Post QRC

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Culture makes or breaks your agile transition

Henny Portman

We all know Peter Drucker’s famous quote ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’ and I transformed that into ‘Culture makes or breaks your agile transition’. For me this is reason number one why so many agile transitions fail.

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The PM Revolution: Key Trends Propelling the Project Management Profession Into the Future

Speaker: Jesse Fewell, Principal Coach, Fewell Innovation

Join this high-energy webinar with Jesse Fewell, author, coach, and project management trainer, to get practical answers and insights into what is propelling the profession into the future.