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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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. .

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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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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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The Third Wave of Agile

The third wave of Agile is here

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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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.

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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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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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

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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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 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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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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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.

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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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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.

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. Agile AgileSHIFT agility English PostHappy to see that my white paper Exploring the delta in AgileSHIFT is now live on the AXELOS content hub.

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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. The framework scales the three ways of DevOps – flow, feedback, and continuous learning – to the entire business.

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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. In my bird’s eye view I positioned the Heart of Agile in the culture-targeted box. See my blog for the complete Bird’s eye view on the agile forest article.

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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). Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is one of the four elements of Disciplined Agile (DA). The other parts are Disciplined DevOps, Disciplined Agile IT (DAIT) and Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE). Scott W.

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Using Continuous Customer Testing for Pandemic-Proof Product Success

Speaker: Luke Freiler, CEO and co-founder of Centercode

After weathering recessions with a wide range of iconic customers, CEO and Product Manager Luke Freiler has seen first hand the impact the Voice of the Customer has had in making or breaking tech companies during hard times. He's going to walk you through an agile process for continuous customer testing that saves you time and gives you full confidence in your products — no matter how many you're sending out the door this year.

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. It offers a very detailed description of a battle-tested methodology with a framework, a canvas, seven models and eleven tools. Creative destruction is accelerating. The average life expectancy for European and Japanese companies is 12.5

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My “Bird’s eye view in the agile forest” article translated in Russian

Henny Portman

I am pleased to inform you that my featured paper “ A bird’s eye view on the agile forest ” has been translated and published in Russian by the Magazine of COBHET (SOVNET), the Russian Project Management Association, with the title “????? ????????????? ? ?????? ????????????”. Agile article English Post frameworks Russian

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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. While most Agile implementations start with a focus on applying Agile principles at the team level, the approach presented in this book focuses on applying the basic principles of Agile and DevOps across the organization. Agile enterprise planning.

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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. I position this model in the Culture-targeted box of my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest. agility English PostMy quest continues and continues.

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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?"