Henny Portman

Review: Portfolio Management – A practical guide

Henny Portman

Portfolio Management – A practical guide is a publication from the APM Portfolio Management specific Interest Group written by Steve Leary, Richard Moor, Marina Morillas Lara, Stephen Parrett, Lynne Ratcliffe and Adam Skinner.

Brightline Transformation Compass

Henny Portman

I just finished the draft version for the second print of my book Scaling agile in organizaties (in Dutch) and I counted 65 frameworks and approaches (25 more than the first print). I thought I covered all, but I found a few new ones.

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Review: How to survive the organizational revolution

Henny Portman

Ard-Pieter de Man, Pieter Koene and Martijn Ars wrote the book How to survive the organizational revolution – A guide to agile contemporary operating models, platforms and ecosystems. In this book you get an overview of the new organizational design landscape.

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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).

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?

FLEX, Flow for Enterprise Transformation

Henny Portman

The first post in 2020 is again a post about an agile framework. The forest is still growing and this will not be the last one. The next one is already under review too.

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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.

The SCRUM Fieldbook

Henny Portman

Sutherland wrote The SCRUM Fieldbook – A master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future. I would say a virtual master class build around a backlog of approximately 40 items and clustered in 10 groups. Every chapter is dedicated to one group.

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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.

Review CHAOS Report 2018

Henny Portman

Every two years the Standish Group publish a new CHAOS Report. These reports include classic CHAOS data in different forms with many charts. Most of the charts come from the CHAOS database of over 50,000 in-depth project profiles of the previous 5 years.

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Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

Overview of my year 2019 book reviews

Henny Portman

2019 was again a fruitful book review year. I wrote around 40 book reviews including corresponding quick reference cards and several personal insights, and views on specific topics in the field of project, program and portfolio management. Agility. Agile zoals het bedoeld is.

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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 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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Quick Reference Cards in 2019

Henny Portman

As a result of my book reviews in 2019, I created several Quick Reference Cards to summarize what I have read. Portfolio Management, a practical guide. How to survive the organizational revolution. Brave new work (English). Brave new work (Dutch). Exponential organizations (English).

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Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

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

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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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 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.

Review Brave New Work

Henny Portman

In his book Brave new work , Aaron Dignan shows how he views evolutionary (agile) organizations and what you can do to become a more agile organization. The book is made up of three parts.

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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.

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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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.

Review: Exponential organizations

Henny Portman

Salim Ismail wrote, together with Yuri van Geest and Michael S. Malone, Exponential organizations – Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it).

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A Bird’s eye view on the agile forest article published on PM World Journal

Henny Portman

The PM World Journal has published the latest version of my Bird’s eye view in the agile forest article. For sure there will updates in the coming months. Some years ago, you could say “ Scrum is agile ” and ask “ is agile Scrum? ” Now we know there is much more flesh on the bones.

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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.

Creatures that slow down portfolio delivery and how to kill them

Henny Portman

Drawing: FreshTown Graphics. Proud to see that the PM World Journal published the article that Marisa Silva and myself wrote. It started with a simple post from Marisa Silva on LinkedIn about a few project creatures. I replied and added a few more, as other people on LinkedIn did too.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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: 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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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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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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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.