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. In the first two installments of this series, we talked about the key elements of Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) and how funding practices must adapt to better support LPM initiatives. Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE).

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Lean Change Management – 4 Years Later

Agile Coach

A friend of mine asked me on twitter what my 3 main things I’ve learned teaching my Lean Change Agent workshops and what the main takeaways from attendees were. It’s also important to understand what influenced thinking about org change differently. First, How Lean Change Agent Came to Be. The inclusion of Lean Change Management in Harrisburg University’s change course. how do we use agile, lean startup, and lean tools in change management? (or

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From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn (Podcast)


Our very own Implementation and Project Management Coach, Errette Dunn, was featured on the PM for the Masses podcast hosted by PM Influencer, Cesar Abeid. In this episode, Errette discusses his work — how he started out as an engineer at Toyota and transitioned to Airbus just as they transformed to using Lean Management methods. He also talks about his coaching at Wrike and how different customer personas can influence what solution is best for them.

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The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


Dave is a Principal Consultant at Depth Consulting Ltd, and Program Director of the KCP Program at the Lean Kanban University. Value-system Influences. Both are heavily influenced by value-systems. Scrum is primarily influenced by the Agile Manifesto which describes the “Agile” value system. The Kanban Method pulls a great deal of its values from a Lean value system. There isn’t really a “Lean Manifesto” but the works of Taiichi Ono and W. Introduction.


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. is highly influenced by systems thinking the approach and strongly recommends the organizational transformation to be top-down in this regard. calls upon organizations to launch Agile Release Train (ART) for driving organizational change towards the Lean-Agile framework.

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Project Management Life Cycle-Iterative & Adaptive


These refinements can be done either in iterations or we can follow a kanban or lean based approach. Organizational Influences and Project Life Cycle PMP adaptive life cycle life cycle pmp Predictive Life Cycle project life cycleAll projects across industries follow a life cycle approach. Often I have seen there are so many questions in mind for many PMP® aspirants on different types of life cycles.

The 18 Most Influential People in Project Management


These 18 project management professionals, in particular, have established themselves as thought leaders and influencers. He writes consistently on his blog about software development and lean, Kanban and agile development principles. Jon Terry is the co-founder of LeanKit , an enterprise software company designed to serve engineers, and currently serves as the chief evangelist for lean & agile strategy for London, UK-based Planview.

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Are you an unbeliever?

Kiron Bondale

We always want to lead disruptive, innovative, sexy projects but just because you are working on a mandatory project doesn’t mean that your team members can’t express their creativity, especially in coming up with lean solutions to the minimal requirements. If so, this is the time to use your powers of influence and persuasion to convince the sponsor, governance committees and other decision makers to do the right thing.

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I have my Scrum Master certification—now what?

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

A good agile coach or Scrum Master will: Be a servant or facilitating leader understanding how to guide and motivate teams and influence decision-makers without formal authority; Understand multiple product development lifecycles to optimize how value is delivered; and. StratEx has developed a unique Lean & Agile certification program that is methodology agnostic and teaches best practices from Lean, Agile, and the emerging field of DevOps.


Cultural transformations of high-performing teams

Kiron Bondale

He suggested context (low or high) as a cultural characteristic which would influence the starting point for a team and which could then change as the team matures, but the same can be said for other cultural dimensions. ( While I was delivering a course on agile fundamentals this week, one of the learners in the class asked me how the mindset and behaviors normally associated with agile teams might impact or be impacted by culture.

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Impacts of traditional project funding models on agile delivery

Kiron Bondale

A key enterprise partner is the Finance department and the organization’s model for project funding will have significant influence over successful agile delivery. one sprint’s worth), but in most cases, project funding approval processes are not lean enough to encourage such behavior. In one of my previous articles I’d written about the need for change across multiple areas of an organization when undertaking an agile transformation.

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What is a Stakeholder in Project Management?


No matter how agile and lean you try to run your projects there are inevitably going to be a lot of people involved in getting you from project proposal to launch day. While anyone who is impacted by the project is technically a stakeholder, key stakeholders are those who have influence and authority to dictate whether a project is a success is not. Who wants to influence this project (positively or negatively)?

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5 Kaizen Principles That Underpin the Methodology


It’s been around in Japan since after World War II, though influenced by quality management ideas from the United States. The idea of always making small improvements is not dissimilar to lean manufacturing, especially with the emphasis of eliminating waste. Kaizen, like a lean or agile approach, works with iterations. We all want to improve, or we should. Complacency might feel good in the moment, but that moment quickly passes. Don’t be left behind.

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Top 6 Tips For Handling Your Ecommerce Business Projects


Lean project management The lean project management methodology is an iterative process that involves creating some versions of the final deliverable in a cycle. Online selling is an enormous and profitable type of business that many hope to get their foot into.

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Scrum Master Servant Leader: 12 Ways To Move Your Team to Greatness

Project Bliss

It’s important to say this leans on the teachings of Geoff Watts and his brilliant book Scrum Mastery. In reality, it requires maturity, influence, and creativity to support the Scrum framework effectively. But there are ways to increase your influence.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

Paymo App

Influence – We considered Moz’s Domain Authority (DA) to predict how a website can rank on Google’s SERP. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. What to expect: As a Lean and Agile project management expert, Corinna Baldauf shares her knowledge to help PM professional find and fix process problems. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence. Influence.

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Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Leading Answers

Prioritizing based on business value is an example of the lean concept of 'Taking an Economic View of Decision Making.' Some might have to be escalated to other stakeholders to get the benefits, and a final category may have to be ignored if we cannot influence them.

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Tips for Women Entrepreneurs


Know when to “lean in” or “lean back.” Sometimes you have to lean in and lean back at the same time, depending on the situation. Don’t ignore them or listen to them exclusively, but put them in the pot with all your other influences for action. Number two, some wanna know when do I know when to lean in or lean back? Women are reaching the highest rungs of the corporate ladder.

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Limits of a Self-Organizing Team

Leading Agile

Neither are they free from influence.” Adopting Agile Agile Teams Agile Transformation Business Agility Capability Analysis Daily Stand Up How to Get Started With Agile Lean Thinking Path to Agility Project ManagementThe idea of a self-organizing team has been promoted strongly since the Agile movement started to gain popularity following the publication of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.

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How to Make an Agile Workflow for Your Team


For a long time the agile framework influenced teams outside of the software development sector from which it originated. This is part of what’s called lean and just-in-time manufacturing, which makes sure that teams have just the amount of resources needed to fulfill their capacity to complete a given task. Managing a team is a balancing act. They need direction, but if you’re too hands on then you can often stifle their process.

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10 Best Project Management Quotes


You can be an expert at the textbook definition of a dozen methodologies, or an intuitive leader who manages from the gut, but if you lean too heavily on one or the other, you’re never going to fully realize your potential. There are outside influences that will impact it, not to mention the project is executed by people, and people are notoriously difficult to place in box. The key to successful leadership today is influence not authority.” – Kenneth Blanchard.

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How To Make 2019 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

This may be by adopting a new tool or approach, learning some new skills in listening, influence, or negotiation, or maybe simply allocating more time to it. XP, scrum, lean, etc.) Second, the use of lean and agile tools and methodologies beyond IT, software and manufacturing. Visual, lean tools that truly engage all team members are going to become essential in 2019. Lean in a little more to the opportunities before you.

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Pulse of the Profession 2018: The Project Manager of the Future


Invest in actively engaged executive sponsors as they will use their influence within an organization to actively overcome challenges by communicating the project’s alignment to strategy, removing roadblocks, and driving organizational change. Versatile Manager: has experience with various approaches—waterfall, Scrum, agile, lean, design thinking etc. Be part of the technological trends that are going to have the largest influence on project work so you can participate in it!

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10 Ways Agile PMOs are Comparable to Hummingbirds


Let’s just say that in an ideal world where most of the Agile project management offices around the world are lean and state-of-the-art and are a contributing factor to the overall success of the organization, we’ll get to see just how similar PMOs are to hummingbirds.

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A Complete Guide to RACI/RASCI Charts

Girl's Guide to PM

Knowing what people do and the influence they have is an important of part of how to manage a project. amazon text=Agile Readiness: Four Spheres of Lean and Agile Transformation&asin= 1472417437] by Thomas P. Working out who does what on your project can be a challenge. A RACI chart is a project management tool that helps you do exactly that. At the end of this article there’s a link to download my free roles and responsibilities document template.

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Review: The art of business value

Henny Portman

Following Eric Ries’ lean start-up approach, the product owner is no longer the interpreter of business value. The IT organization must become an interpreter of business value as well as a provider of technical skills, and its interpretation must influence not only the behavior of project teams but also the enterprise’s business strategies. The last chapter describes thought experiments to see if they influence the way you think about business value.

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Agile Portfolio Management

Arras People

Another principle – “involving the right people to shape and manage the portfolio”, introduces some roles (without job titles) which work within the Innovation Hub* of portfolio management which include “influencers, stakeholders, beneficiaries and the core change participants” which include the roles of Project Manager and the PMO.

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Get Motivated: 10 Motivational Speeches That Will Change Your Life


What’s amazing about people is, despite the external forces at play on our constitution, we can always be influenced by attitude. In this famous speech that launched the Lean In movement, Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg deconstructs the idea of the career ladder. As professionals with targets, projects to manage and bills to pay, we must perform, whether it’s the beginning of the week or the exhausting end of a long, hard one.

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When the Team Says, ?We Don?t Need to Plan.?

Leading Agile

But the mobile team is able to push through this by jumping the line – their Vice President has influence, she’s a rising star. Hasn’t everyone read the Lean Startup? Like normal, this should be escalated to the Vice President who can fix anything, she has influence. Oddly, the team was excited to tell their Vice President with influence about what the outdated monolith team did to them, and the company.

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Got Your CSM, Now What?

Leading Answers

If so, be more influenced by content and quality rather than recognition and opportunity. Lean, Kanban, Leadership, and Emotional Intelligence are all topics that agile teams can benefit from. Perhaps, like 500,000+ other people, you have some form of Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credential and are looking to distinguish yourself and continue your learning journey.

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How To Make 2018 A Successful Year for Your Projects

Girl's Guide to PM

XP, scrum, lean, etc.) Second, the use of lean and agile tools and methodologies beyond IT, software and manufacturing. Visual, lean tools that truly engage all team members are going to become essential in 2018. Rather, as with most years, your ability to thrive has much more to do with your ability to lead and influence. Lean in a little more to the opportunities before you.

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6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers


Epiphanized: A Novel on Unifying Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma by Bob Sproull and Bruce Nelson. Management consultants Bob Sproull and Bruce Nelson borrow from Goldratt’s storytelling concept to explore the advantages of using Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma together. While engineers learn a lot of valuable skills in school, project management isn’t always one of them. Many engineers end up learning PM skills on the job and on their own time.

The Complete Guide to Project Risk Assessment (Free Template)


You can’t control it, nor can you influence the likelihood of the risk event occurring. Jumping off the controllable/uncontrollable risk classification, you can say that your risk control measures can be divided into two broad categories: Active risk control where you have direct influence on the risk event and can take active measures to control it. Your scores are also liable to be influenced by the people you’re consulting.

The Ultimate List of 119 Most-Hated Business Buzzwords

TrustRadius Project Management

Disruptive Value (as in value-add, driving value, value proposition, corporate values, or value drop) Ping Lean, and lean-in Paradigm (as in paradigm shift or breaking the paradigm) Partner–the verb (“Partner with us”) and the noun (“Business partner”) Ideate / Ideation Ask, used as a noun to mean “request” Learnings Holistic, especially in the phrase “Holistic approach” Culture (as in “company culture,” “corporate culture,” “startup culture,” or “creating a [inset adj.

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

The Work: Helping your Clients Agile consulting involves instilling and applying a few lean thinking concepts such as: Prioritizing for value. It is almost always people focused, and why the skills of empathy and influence are critical. April’s theme at ProjectManagement.com where I write a monthly column was “Consulting,” and in this article, I examine the world of Agile Consulting and coaching.

Adopting Business Agility at Moonpig: A Case Study

Strategy Execution | PMO Perspectives

Moonpig was founded in 1999, before Lean and Agile approaches had become mainstream in the UK. In this post Amanda Colpoys – a Lean, Agile and Growth Coach, shares her experiences as she set out to introduce business agility at Moonpig. Improvements in speed enabled us to adopt lean product development practices, testing and validating iterative changes. Consequently Lean and Agile practices were seen to be delivering benefits in speed, ROI and engagement.

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The 23 Best Project Management Books For Upgrading Your Career in 2020


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. However, instead of leaning heavily on theory, it uses real-world examples to illustrate how these scenarios play out. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.

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How to Be Smart in a Project with a Slack Team Member

Project Risk Coach

When I assigned Susan her tasks, she leaned back and away. Use your interpersonal skills to influence the team. Have you ever had problem team members? These individuals hide missed deadlines, possess bad attitudes, and criticize other team members. They seldom volunteer to help other team members or jump in to pick up the slack. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock (edited in Canva). Bonus: Keep an eye out for the FREE bonus at the end of this article.

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How Big Data Can Give Project Managers The Edge In Manufacturing


By implementing Lean processes and programs, many have achieved significant improvements in product quality and output. Nevertheless, in some processing environments, pharmaceuticals and biochemistry for example, Lean methods have not been as effective in curbing processing variability swings, largely because the production activities that influence output in these industries tend to be complex and numerous.

Key Insights To Gain Before Starting Your Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

Identifying the direction you lean between these two can offer important insights you’ll use when embarking on your journey to Agile Transformation. Because that’s going to influence how they do product management. And then ultimately we get to the lean startup model, which is go forth and do stuff that’s in alignment with the vision of the company, right? What does your organization value most, predictability or adaptability?

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