Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding


This blog is part of a series on Lean portfolio management. If you haven’t already, we recommend reading part one first, “ What is Lean Portfolio Management ,” which you can find here . In this post, we’ll discuss a fundamental component of Lean portfolio management: funding.

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Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach


This blog is part of a series on Lean portfolio management for the enterprise. If you haven’t already, we recommend reading: Part 1: What is Lean Portfolio Management? Part 2: Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding. Lean More.

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Governance that Goes with the Flow

Leading Agile

Structure, Governance, Metrics. After becoming acquainted with lean thinking, I started to notice things that I hadn’t really noticed before. One of the things that attracted me to LeadingAgile was the emphasis on structure, governance, and metrics. Governance.

Top 10 Lean/ Kanban Books for IT, Software and Knowledge Work!


This book describes why students, parents, business leaders, major corporations, and world governments all see immediate results with Personal Kanban. 31 pages, ET to read: 50 min, Published July 19th, 2012 by Lean-Kanban University). Lean/ Kanban Uncategorized agile Books Kanban Lean

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5 Governance Steps for Distributed Project Team Management


Managing a distributed project team takes real skill and a definite commitment to putting a governance structure in place that enables success. Delivering Project Success via Good Governance. Governance is nothing more than how a project will be controlled to deliver intended outcomes.

System of Delivery: An Intro to Our Governance Model

Leading Agile

Our governance model and team design may look a little complicated at first glance. In this presentation, our Chief Methodologist, Dennis Stevens will remove the noise and walk you through our governance model and team design to help you better understand the LeadingAgile system of delivery.

Efficient project governance should not be an oxymoron!

Kiron Bondale

Look up governance in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and you’ll find this definition “ The way that a city, company, etc., Most staff would view governance as a necessary evil. The issue therefore is not with governance itself but rather how it usually gets implemented.

Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

one sprint’s worth), but in most cases, project funding approval processes are not lean enough to encourage such behavior. Agile Project Portfolio Management agile project management Change management governance

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Review of Product Development Books

Leading Answers

Also, organizations that embrace the whole digital product view still need help governing the ongoing process. They describe the factors at play and provide ideas for guidance around planning, funding, staffing and governance.

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Essential SAFe 4.0 – How is it Different from SAFe 4.0?


Lean-Agile Mindset. The biggest challenge that a large organization faces is an absence of a Lean-Agile mindset. is to train the top management and change leaders in Lean-Agile and SAFe principles. agile Essential SAFe Lean SAFe Essential SAFe 4.0 Lean/agile framework

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Fika Stories 2 – The Policy-Debt Trap


Something is obviously wrong, but the good news is: it may not automatically mean that you’re doomed and that your organization is unfit to all Lean/Agile things (find a new job). This article was originally published on Lean-Agile Software Development blog and can be found here– [link].

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5 Ways to Become Agile: A Summary


One of the primary reasons for this disconnect is the fact that PMOs aren’t embracing different ways of working, such as Lean, Agile, iterative, and collaborative. Part 2: Agile Transformation Requires Just Enough Governance. Adapt to a lean portfolio management approach.

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The Basics of Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

The process centers around forming teams, defining an Agile governance model, and identifying and baselining metrics the company cares about. This plan includes a working hypothesis for structure, governance, and metrics which we will progressively elaborate throughout the Transformation.

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Beginner’s Guide to Kanban for Agile Marketing


Instead of using timeboxes to govern their work, as a Scrum team does, a Kanban team uses WIP limits. Agile Marketing agile Kanban Lean

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The Journey Towards Embracing Agile: A Holistic Approach for the PMO


It requires the PMO to reinvent itself from a central command organization to one that enables and empowers with “just enough” governance and an eye on a more product-centric approach. Part 2: Agile Transformation Requires Just Enough PMO Governance. Lean and Agile PMO

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Should Agile Teams Have a Definition of Ready?

Leading Agile

” These concerns remind me of something that happened many years ago when I was working for a State government. One day, he wanted to attend a conference for blind government employees. Agile Teams Agile Transformation Lean Thinking Structure Teamwork Training Transformation

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The Hawthorne Effect:Can You Hawthorne Yourself?

Leading Agile

Companies, governments, and such have always had a keen interest in squeezing as much work out of people as possible; you know, for building railroads , for agricultural work , and other things. I’m sure they are obvious to you, as well: Lean 5S. My home office has a window.

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Preparing to Take On a Business Process Management Software


Governing the usage of technology and software are the methodologies for managing business process flows. The frameworks include: Lean – a methodology that focuses on cutting out all waste in processes. Lean seeks to create more value for customers while using fewer resources.

Value stream mapping -- new or old?

Musings on Project Management

Value stream mapping derives from the Lean community, where of course the focus is on leaning out non-value add. So, in value stream mapping, each activity, to include the workflow of authorization and other governance, and ancillary.

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Does your PMO hinder or help your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

But many successful PMOs have evolved beyond governance and control to helping their company reach higher levels of organizational project management maturity, and increasing agility should be complementary and not contradictory to this pursuit.

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The PM Skills You Can Forget About (And the Ones You Really Need to Know)


But I think it’s more likely to be that business systems today are far more integrated, lean and systemized than ever before. What are the project management skills that you really need to focus on today?

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

Herding Cats

We were one of the first users of eXtreme Programming, long before Scrum was around and presented that early work in 2003, " Making Agile Development Work in a Government Contracting Environment, Measuring velocity with Earned Value." .

Improving portfolio management must be part of an agile transformation

Kiron Bondale

To enable this, a lean but effective resource capacity management capability also needs to be in place to ensure that portfolio decisions are being made based on a current and accurate understanding of resource availability.

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5 Kaizen Principles That Underpin the Methodology


Since then, the implications have reached beyond industry and the kaizen principles have been used to help in healthcare, psychotherapy, government, banking and even life coaching. Kaizen, like a lean or agile approach, works with iterations. We all want to improve, or we should.

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Transforming to an Agile Enterprise

International Institute of Learning

The organization embraces a Lean culture. They apply Lean principles and embody the philosophy of continuous improvement. Everybody’s incentives are governed more by their contribution to overall customer value rather than their individual output.

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Enterprise Agility in Financial Services: Learnings from the 2019 Planview Horizons Customer Conference


Even in organizations where teams were already practicing Agile, it was common for senior leadership to favor the more traditional portfolio management due to their comfort with detailed project plans and heavier governance. Agile teams are largely self-governing.

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I have my Scrum Master certification—now what?

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Agile is moving beyond technology and is now widely used in financial services, government, and professional services companies. In this program, students will learn how to apply the principles of Lean, Kanban, and Agile delivery to both their IT and non-IT projects.

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Risk Management and Reliable Forecasting using Un-Reliable Date,” Troy Magennis, Lean Kanban , Central Europe, 2014. Federal Government, in support of OMB Circular A-123.”. NoEstimates Debunking Decision Making Estimating Governance Mathematics Principles Risk Systems Theory

Are you being (responsibly) transparent?

Kiron Bondale

They will also benefit if the higher levels of trust which result from increased transparency encourage enterprise groups to lean out governance requirements by focusing on the few outliers rather than punishing the majority.

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Capturing Actuals in 2020: Who Said Timesheets are Passé?


That said, finding the balance between tracking time, minimizing the loss of productivity (not to mention team morale), and layering in the right level of governance can be a challenge. There are time reporting options for you – whether you work in a traditional, Lean/Agile, or hybrid world.

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Value stream mapping

Musings on Project Management

Value stream mapping derives from the Lean community, where of course the focus is on leaning out non-value add. So, in value stream mapping, each activity, to include the workflow of authorization and other governance, and ancillary activities, processValue stream mapping seems to be a new label on old wine. But nevertheless, the wine ages well. In the old days, we simply called it process mapping.

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Meisterplan at 2018 PMI Global Conference – Do Your Plans Work?


We have used those conversations to develop our Lean PPM process. Our goal is to continually improve our Lean PPM process and to share what we learn and what we’ve developed with organizations worldwide who use or need PPM. Management or government interference hinders success. As always, we will take the information we gathered from these discussions and apply them to improving our Lean PPM method and our project portfolio and resource management software.

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Turbo charge your productivity by combining Personal Kanban with GTD

Sudipta Lahiri

I got exposed to Lean thinking when we first started using the Kanban Method for our software development. Once we have submitted the application, we are waiting for the Government to do a physical verification of the person by the police (at least, in India).

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Five expectations for agile tools…

Kiron Bondale

Without this, there is likely to be no consistency between product or project-based pods which will make it that much harder to enable a self-serve, lean governance and oversight model.

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Review: Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery

Henny Portman

DAD is characterized by the following aspects: Hybrid: combines Scrum, Agile Modelling, XP, Unified Process, Kanban, Lean, Outside-In Development (OID) and other methods. Complete: DAD includes advice how development, modeling, documentation, and governance strategies fit together.


Business Agility: What Is It & Why Is It Important?


Next you want to establish a list of what the business needs to do, how will it do it and what is the appropriate organization and governance to structure and oversee that process. This is founded on a lean execution that responds immediately to feedback without sacrificing quality.

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Review 10X Growth Machine

Henny Portman

Growth governance : Lean innovation process and venture boards, growth policy playbook, and growth accounting. Corporate venture building : Implementation of growth strategies and a lean startup way of working (small ninja teams).

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Review: An executive’s guide to disciplined agile

Henny Portman

To stress the ability of being disciplined there are additional principles: master your craft, technical excellence, collaborate, measure wisely, transparency, lean continuously, purposeful experiments, deliver continuously, visualize workflow, whole team, stable team and trust and respect.

The World of Work is Changing—Here’s How You Can Embrace It


Lean-Agile Delivery : Process-driven work is flowed in for teams to execute on by leveraging lean and agile methods allow these teams to test and deliver more frequently and establish a continuous feedback loop increasing speed time-to-value.

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Inspiring Women in Project Management: Karen Chovan

Girl's Guide to PM

Today I’m interviewing Karen Chovan, MASc, PEng, PMP, who has dedicated her career to helping others deliver clean, lean and green approaches to project and programme management.

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