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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Small business tips for managing projects with a lean team

Liquid Planner Leadership

Or could influence you to invest in hard to find and expensive human resources when you simply have a short-term capacity constraint. Lean teams must collaborate well and trust each other. Small business owners face the challenge of growing their organization with limited resources.

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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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The Agile Manifesto from a Lean Perspective


To what extent, for example, is the Manifesto a reflex of “lean thinking”? There’s a clear synergy between lean and agile practice, and attempts to tease them apart can often seem contrived and artificial. Interestingly, in the published history of the Agile Manifesto, the word “lean” does not appear even once. Could it be that the authors were influenced by a “lean” gestalt which they saw no reason to explicitly acknowledge?

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How to write a lean PRD (product requirements document) for your next project in 5 steps (with free template)


Agile is all about staying lean and adapting to user feedback, right? The essential elements of a lean, mean one-pager PRD. The essential elements of a lean, mean one-pager PRD. In an effort to keep things lean, it’s easy to miss out on vital information.

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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.

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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. 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.

SAFe Simply Explained (Part 1): Core Competencies and Principles


SAFe picks up many already familiar elements and concepts from existing methods such as Scrum or Lean Project Management, which makes the transition easier for many companies. Lean Agile Leadership: Managers are the very core of lean agile development and business agility. It is up to the management to create the right environment to positively influence teams and individuals. Go Lean! – How Lean Management Can Help Your Project Succeed.

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The Complete Guide to Scaling Agile and SAFe for Business Agility


These frameworks also encourage you to use Lean principles to optimize your flow. These include Disciplined Agile Development (DAD), LeSS, Scrum@Scale, Spotify, Lean Startup, hybrid combinations, and more. In addition, it aligns strategy and execution through Lean Portfolio Management.

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How To Choose The Right SAFe Certification For You


the influence on strategic IT projects.” . IT professionals with two to five certifications have as much professional influence after three years as IT professionals with no certifications after six years.”. Lean Startup cycle . Scaled Agile Framework is rising in popularity.

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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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The 5 Axioms by Watzlawick: How to Communicate in a Project Team


The sender of a message should always be aware that the interpretation of the message also depends on nonverbal influences. Paul Watzlawick, an Austrian communication scientist, summarizes these influences under his 5 axioms of communication. Content.

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The Agile Transformation Coach: Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities

Leading Agile

This role is, in effect, a high-influence peer to the executives who act as a trusted advisor. The TL should be persuasive, politically aware, highly driven, and possess the gravitas to influence other executives. Lean/Agile Leader. Lean/Agile Leadership Practitioner.

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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.

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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. (

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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. We’ve moved on from the idea that a few impact and influence grids can actively manage other people’s behavior. The model of working with stakeholders today is more around how we engage people to support the project’s goals and use influencing, negotiating, teamwork and conflict management to effectively get work done through others.

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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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From Servant Leadership to Shared Leadership

Mike Griffiths

Strategic” indicates someone who leans more toward the ideas end of the data-to-ideas spectrum and who is happy dealing with ambiguity. Operational/Technical” shows someone who leans more toward the data end of the data-to-ideas spectrum and toward the things end of the things-to-people range.

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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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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Strategy Framework Canvas: How to Pick the Right Strategy Framework

The Strategic Project Manager

This post explores the factors that influence the choice of a strategy framework, untangles confusion presented by the plethora of strategic frameworks, and shows areas of impact for project managers. and Lean Innovation.

Monroe’s Motivated Sequence: Messages with Massive Impact

Project Bliss

If you need to move an audience to act, Monroe’s Motivated Sequence gives you a clear guide to crafting messages that influence and inspire. Describe the new and easier situation in ways that your audience can feel the change and lean into having that positive change.

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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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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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How to Spot Trends Early and Pivot Your Marketing Strategy


Follow Influencers. Influencers, for better or for worse, shape trends (and the resulting demand). Get a bunch of powerful influencers onboard, and you can convincingly change a season’s dominant fashion colors and favorite song.

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Nudge Theory and Cognitive Bias for Change Management

The Strategic Project Manager

People benefit because it is fast…but it leaves them highly susceptible to outside influence. In areas where we are less familiar, we may have to fight off influences to keep the focus on rationality and our goals. People are open, at that point, to be influenced.

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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. 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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How To Become a Successful SAFe Agile Coach?


The SAFe Agile Coach is supposed to enable the agile teams in their SAFe adoption, and they also learn a variety of Lean techniques/tools to improve the flow of value in their agile teams. What is SAFe agile.

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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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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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A Complete Guide to the What and Why of Business Agility


The entire organization needs to use lean and agile practices to deliver solutions faster than the competitors. Using SAFe, Agile, and Lean, Intel adopted the following best practices-. Always stick to basics of Agile and Lean. These topics influence all domains.

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How resource management can save you from The Great Resignation

Resource Guru

According to Harvard Business Review, these five Rs together, exacerbated by the pandemic, greatly influenced the Great Resignation: Retirement — older workers retired early to spend time with loved ones and on interests outside of work.

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The Definitive Comparison of CSM vs CSD


Develops Lean-Agile mindset: The scrum master certification will teach you to develop a Lean Agile Mindset. The CSM certification helps you develop the skills and gain experience to lead an Agile team and influence organizational change that in turn leads to effective transformation.

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Strategic PM and the Kurt Lewin Change Management Model

The Strategic Project Manager

Engage with key influencers – Be strategic about this. In what areas do you need influence, with whom do you need to engage, and what is in it for them? You will need a strategy for getting the Change to take root with these influencers and disseminate to others.

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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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What Are Value Based Metrics For Project Management?

The Strategic Project Manager

Supply and Demand have an influence on bringing Cost and Value closer, but that does not make them the same thing. This is especially important when you take a lean innovation approach to your project – where you are trying to discover the Value that the project might target.

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Supporting Channels in the Business Model Canvas

The Strategic Project Manager

Hence, there are two types of channels: communication and distribution: Communication Channels – These are the means of getting the messages out to potential customers and influencers. Maintaining flexibility with a lean or agile innovation approach is probably best.

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10 Reasons Why Agile Transformations Fail – And How To Fix Them


Organizations should integrate Agile-adjacent principles such as Lean and DevOps to support a continuously evolving system aligned to customer needs and the rapid changes in the technology and market landscapes.

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