Henny Portman

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?). remote:af is designed to enhance existing frameworks, enabling remote working while providing lightweight guidance for those new to agility.

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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. 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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The FLEKS model

Henny Portman

The FLEKS model can be positioned in the one-time projects/programs block in my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest. For the latest updated version of my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest article see: [link]. Agile English Post framework

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Review Agile transformation

Henny Portman

In the book Agile transformation – Structures, processes and mindsets for the digital age , the author Neil Perkin shows how to transform an organization to a new type of business for a new age and to become fit for purpose for both the present and the future.

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The Third Wave of Agile

The third wave of Agile is here

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. For the latest updated version of my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest article see: [link]. agility English Post

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Review Being a Project Manager

Henny Portman

If I want to use a more agile approach, the metaphor and the book will be of no help. 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. .

Review Standish Group – CHAOS 2020: Beyond Infinity

Henny Portman

The Agile Period started around the year 2000 – and their prediction is that it will end shortly. 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.

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Overview of my year 2020 book reviews

Henny Portman

article) Too many rules makes agility impossible (article) Scaling agile in organisaties (book, Dutch) Whitepaper: Exploring the delta in AgileSHIFT (whitepaper) PM World Journal 2019 Editor’s Choice Awards. Agile related books.

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A new bird’s eye view on the agile forest

Henny Portman

Happy to see my A new bird’s eye view on the agile forest article in the October edition of the Project Management World Journal (PMWJ). At that moment it contained 50 agile ways of working. A new bird’s eye view on the agile forest; PM World Journal , Vol.

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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

Quick Reference Cards in 2020

Henny Portman

As a result of my book reviews in 2020, I created several Quick Reference Cards to summarize what I have read.

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The 2020 Scrum Guide launch

Henny Portman

On the other hand, other organizations, e.g., Scaled Agile could take an example to bring back the framework to being a minimally sufficient framework. Agile English Post review Scrum

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Review Blue Striped Frog – The agile community – Magazine (1st edition)

Henny Portman

A magazine for the Blue Striped Frog community of professionals who are engaged in transformations towards increasing organizational agility. At this moment there aren’t that many physical magazines focussing on project management, agile, or agility anymore. How agile are they?

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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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How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

Teams of agile developers race along the product. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS. Practical Frameworks to Monetize Embedded Analytics Table of Contents Embedding Analytics to Lift Value and Revenue. 1 Customize to Monetize: The Strategic Way to Create Tiered Offerings.

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. It definitely busted the myth that having agile teams makes you agile. All 600 IT employees followed a one-day agile mindset basis training. As a result, all teams were fully transformed and fulfilled the stipulated agile framework conditions.

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Review Agile Conversations

Henny Portman

Agile Conversations – Transform Your Conversations, Transform your Culture , written by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick could be one of the missing pieces to make your agile transition work. Conversations to become a high-performing team, conversation to reach more agility. qrc-agile-conversations Download. It could be one of the missing piece to make your agile transition work.

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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.

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. Agile teams pass through four distinct zones of fluency as they learn ( fluency evolves). Each zone brings specific benefits: Focusing teams produce business value (agile fundamentals). Delivering teams deliver on the market cadence (agile sustainability).

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Run a Business, not a Backlog

Speaker: John Mecke, Managing Director of DevelopmentCorporate, Jon Gatrell, Principal Partner at Market Driven Business

The role of a product manager has evolved significantly over the past 20 years. In today’s Agile world, product managers are expected to be leaders in market knowledge, strategy, organizational enablement, etc. Numerical literacy is a key skill for effective product managers. The ability to express complex concepts in numerical, financial, or statistical terms is critical, but it is often an overlooked discipline. Executives, Board Members, and Customer economic buyers see the world through numbers and visualizations. Product managers need to be as competent in these domains as they are in understanding customer problems and pain points.

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. If we compare the number of rules of Scrum with SAFe you could ask yourself if you are successful and using agile release trains, if this is due to SAFe’s rules or despite? Agile framework or way of working.

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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] ). As a European citizen, I ask myself, looking at my agile forest, why do we need to spend tax money to develop a new (agile) methodology when there are already so many frameworks and methodologies available? The Agile PM² Extension. Agile teams should be able to collaborate effectively with teams and stakeholders following alternative approaches.

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Business Agility model

Henny Portman

The Business Agility model is the next one to add to my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest. The Business Agility Model (developed by the Business Agility Institute) consisting of twelve interacting domains across four dimensions to take into account when transforming your organization. These are the essential building blocks for an agile organization. All domains are complementary and mutually necessary to business agility. agility English Post

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Review Moose heads on the table

Henny Portman

agility English Post reviewIf you want to make the transformation to a self-managing organization the book Moose heads on the table – Stories about self-managing organisations from Sweden by Karin Tenelius and Lisa Gill is a good starting point.

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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.

Brief comparison between MSP 5th edition and MSP 2011 edition

Henny Portman

Changes in principles, themes and processes are in line with the current way of working and support a more agile mindset. 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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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. In this approximately 10 minutes mini webinar I discuss the composition of PRINCE2 Agile before I go into the Agilometer slider details and the relationship with the management layers of PRINCE2.

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. Agile Governance and Audit gives a short introduction to agile, compares agile with waterfall and looks at audit and agile cultures. Conclusion: This easy to read book focusses on projects with an agile delivery team using Scrum, Unified Process or XP.

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. The four areas described, are (each in a separate chapter): Approaching reviews in an agile way provides guidance on how to plan and conduct reviews. A Terms of Reference (ToR) focusing on the specifics of an agile way of working, the planning of the review and the the output.

All Method, No Madness: Guiding Agile Teams Through Testing

Speaker: Amanda Stockwell, President of Stockwell Strategy

Many Product Managers feel quality user research can't keep up with the fast-paced culture of agile teams. However, if you're willing to adapt the right way, you don't have to sacrifice agility or user insights. Using the right strategy, your agile team will collect qualitative data, interpret it, and integrate it effectively. Join Amanda Stockwell, President of Stockwell Strategy, as she presents common issues agile teams have with incorporating research, and how to solve them.

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). The Agile performance management model consists of five main building blocks: purpose, strategy and goals, whole system alignment, performance models and metrics, coordinated performance management routines and high-performance culture and behavior.

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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. The second session – Stop Copy-Paste Agility, Start Agile Problem Solving (Daniel Burm) focused on the question: Is your agile “copy-paste” or “problem-solving-specific?

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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. The book Team topologies – Organizing business and technology teams for fast flow , by Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais, will help you to design a team organization structure that helps you to become more agile. agility English Post QRC

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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. The second session Leadership agility, it’s time to remove the performance roadblocks by Rik de Groot started with a small table discussion regarding roadblocks.

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: DevOps for the modern enterprise

Henny Portman

Based on the “burger organizational chart” the author discusses delivery governance (with an agile governance function, DevOps governance function and quality assurance), the test automation center of excellence, agile teams (maybe clustered in an agile release train, team by location, team by function and team by technology) and the platform team (test automation, automated app release and environment provisioning). agility DevOps English Post review

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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. To refresh your memory have a look at the latest Bird’s eye view on the Agile forest. See for the corresponding article: a-bird’s eye view on the agile forest article. Agile English Post framework

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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. In the second part of this article, I position waterfall and agile in an incremental versus iterative cross or matrix and shows what happens in the other two quadrants too (will be part of a next blog post). 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 ScrumThe book 97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know edited by Gunther Verheyen contains the wisdom of 69 practitioners around the world and helps you to improve your understanding of Scrum ( nb.


Innovating and Driving Agility with Tech: No-Code Development

Speaker: Gautam Nimmagadda, CEO, Quixy

Product Managers: are you wondering what your teams will look like in the future? If so, it's time to look to no-code development. With it, you can leverage hyper automation, strengthen and accelerate growth, and drive value. Your teams will be able handle more projects, and focus on the real challenges. This webinar harnesses the wisdom of today's business leaders and the global pioneers of tomorrow. Join Gautam Nimmagadda, CEO of Quixy, and learn how to leverage tech to drive agility with citizen development and the no-code movement.