Henny Portman

Structural Agility, a next tree

Henny Portman

The quest to find more trees for my agile forest continues. Structural Agility is again a way of working that fits in the culture targeted box of my The bird’s eye view on the agile forest overview and complements ‘frameworks’ like Scrum, SAFe, Less, disciplined Agile, et cetera.

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Review Rethinking agile

Henny Portman

Rethinking agile – Why agile teams have nothing to do with business agility written by Klaus Leopold is great book to cope with agile transformations and what you have to do to increase the chance of success. Agility begins with the change process.

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Review People Over Process

Henny Portman

Levine wrote with People Over Process – Leadership for Agility a very pragmatic and down to earth book about leadership and agile projects. The classic formulation of agile in the Agile Manifesto has no role for leadership. agility English Post QRC reviewMichael K.

Agile PM2: a new tree in my agile forest

Henny Portman

This time I added Agile PM 2. Agile PM 2 is an extension of PM 2 (initiative of the European Union, see: [link] ). The Agile PM² Extension. Agile teams should be able to collaborate effectively with teams and stakeholders following alternative approaches.

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The Third Wave of Agile

The third wave of Agile is here

Too many rules makes agility impossible

Henny Portman

One of the principles of the Agile Manifesto is “ Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential ”. If you look at some agile frameworks or ways of working, you can ask yourself if the rule makers force you to be rule taker or rule breaker. Agile manifesto.

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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. Delivering teams deliver on the market cadence (agile sustainability).

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Review: Team topologies

Henny Portman

Many organizations are struggling with their business agility transformation. The focus was probably on efficiency and if these teams start to use agile ways of working, this doesn’t make the organization agile. agility English Post QRC

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AGILE NXT 3rd edition

Henny Portman

In this third edition of AGILE NXT — a magazine designed by Xebia’s thought leaders and experts to inspire and inform you, offers 15 new insights: The Ultimate Model for Managing Performance in Agile Environments (Daniel Burm). Need Business Agility? Agile English Post review

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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. This is where we now see PRINCE2 Agile, AgilePM, DAD or PMI Agile.

Agile Adoption: Decreasing Time to Market

This Refcard is focused on helping you evaluate and choose the practices for your team or organization when getting to market faster is of prime importance

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: A Guide to Assurance of Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

The guide addresses assurance in relation to the areas that are considered the fundamental aspects (and key differences form traditional waterfall approach) of agile project management and assurance. Environments focus on the agile ways of working and the physical working environment.

Review: DevOps for the modern enterprise

Henny Portman

Reading this book and execute one or more of the exercises gives you one of the reasons why so many agile transitions fail. A must read for those who are transforming their IT organization towards a more agile organization. agility DevOps English Post review

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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. The first session – Why the Agile “Fixed-Team” Dogma is Wrong (Laïla Nouijeh & Laurens Bonnema) was somewhat controversial.

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A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Flow framework, a new twig in the agile forest

Henny Portman

The goal of the Flow framework tm (developed by Mike Kersten) is to bring Scrum and Agile concepts to the business while providing a higher level of abstraction than agile teams work with day to day. See my blog for the complete Bird’s eye view on the agile forest article.

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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.

Is Scream a new tree in the Agile forest?

Henny Portman

Conclusion: Scream isn’t a new tree in the agile forest. It is fun to read and every sentence is an agile antipatern. This guide will definitely help to mature your own chosen agile framework tree implementation. Agile English Post framework

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Review True lean

Henny Portman

We get a brief overview of a number of approaches (including agile, BPR, co-creation, kaizen, supply chain cooperation, operational excellence, Scrum, Six Sigma, TQM) and how these approaches relate to the lean philosophy.

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How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.

Review Leading the transformation

Henny Portman

The book Leading the transformation – Applying agile and DevOps principles at scale written by Gary Gruver and Tommy Mouser gives a refreshing look how to start your agility transformation. Agile enterprise planning. agility English Post review

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Are incremental and iterative the same phenomenon or not? (Part I)

Henny Portman

I will start with a comparison of a waterfall and an agile approach by delivering a payment app. Agile approach. If we develop the app in an agile way, we see the following pattern. Figure 2: Agile delivery of an app. Waterfall versus agile delivery results.

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Review 97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know

Henny Portman

It’s all about agile leadership, culture, improving the organization, the importance of networks, respect and a save environment. In a next blog I will dive into this framework to see where it fits in my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest. Agile English Post review Scrum

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White paper: Exploring the delta in AgileSHIFT

Henny Portman

Enterprise agility is key. It is not just about implementing an agile way of working in your IT department but a transformation for your whole organization. AgileSHIFT helps prepare individuals and organizations for transformational shift by creating a culture of enterprise agility.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Review 10X Growth Machine

Henny Portman

agility English Post innovationThe 10X Growth Machine – How companies can innovate, scale and win , written by Misha de Sterke, is a book to build your own growth machine by using innovation as a means.

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The Digital Fluency Model

Henny Portman

The Digital Fluency model is the next one to add to my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest article (thanks to Zaher Alhaj). The Digital Fluency Model can be used to assess your digital (agile) transformation. The digital Fluency Model makes use of the Agile Fluence Model.

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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: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

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). Agile English Post framework review

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Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

PMWJ article: Are incremental and iterative the same phenomenon or not?

Henny Portman

I will start with a comparison of a waterfall and an agile approach by delivering a payment app. In the second part of this article, I position waterfall and agile in an incremental versus iterative matrix and shows what happens in the other two quadrants too.

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Review Formula X

Henny Portman

agility English Post QRC reviewJurriaan Kamer and Rini van Solingen are the authors of Formula X – How to reach extreme acceleration in your organization? It’s a business fable that shows which steps you should take to drastically accelerate the time-to-market in your own organization.

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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. DA provides the process foundation for business agility. Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT).

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?

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Agile Metrics for Team and Product Progress

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

You’ve seen team metrics like velocity. Velocity is not an accurate measure of a team's progress towards "done." So what should you use instead? Join Johanna as she discusses the measures that are actually useful in understanding what your team does, where the work is, and how long the work really takes - and in addition, we’ll examine what it takes to explain the team’s progress to others in terms of the product backlog burnup chart, ways to talk about what’s done and not yet released, and how to show others working product.

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. Having only agile teams is not enough.

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Review: Portfolio Management – A practical guide

Henny Portman

Different delivery methodologies (traditional, agile, hybrid) and their impact are discussed.

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. It scales agile by using autonomous multifunctional teams (squads).

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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). This is definitely an approach that fits in the culture-targeted box in my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest.

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