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Strategies for Agile Portfolio Management

Do you work in an organization where development is expected to be done in an Agile way, but upper management operates in a way that makes being Agile downstream difficult? Do you feel like your organization is working on way too many products/projects at the same time? Are people so busy multitasking that they do the best job that they can on one project before hoping to the next--never really doing the high-quality work that is desired? If so, your organization needs to align Agile throughout the value chain starting with portfolio management!

Traditional portfolio management frequently uses principles that are at odds with agile thinking. For example, believing that people should be 100% utilized might lead to us to start many simultaneous projects leading to high levels of team-member multitasking. Managing a portfolio according to these principles all but guarantees a continuous stream of impediments that interfere with team-level agility and sub-optimizes delivered value.

Bio:

Kenny Rubin provides Scrum and agile training and coaching to help companies develop products in an effective and economically sensible way. A Certified Scrum Trainer, Kenny has trained more than 19,000 people on agile and Scrum, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached over 200 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 10. Kenny was the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on the successful adoption of Scrum. He is the author of the best-selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process.

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  • Ken R.

    Thanks for hosting me last night. I have posted the slides for the Strategies for Agile Portfolio Management presentation at: http://bit.ly/12b1B3p. Enjoy. Follow me @krubinagile to learn about other presentations as they become available.

    June 19, 2013

    • Saleem P.

      I bought the book. Thanks for sharing the information. Very helpful.

      June 19, 2013

  • Gretchen H.

    Thanks Kenny for a great presentation - great content!

    June 19, 2013

  • Rick R.

    It's fascinating to hear that 100% of his customers don't have any real limitation on the Portfolio backlog and don't think through a "lean" Portfolio backlog like they do a Product backlog.

    Maybe this is the next step in Agile maturity for large organizations who will start to leverage the method Kenny discusses, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) or similar methods to help assure agility at enterprise and Portfolio level.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Justice L.

    Excellent speaker and contents. I wish that there would be part 2 of this session! There seemed to be much left to be said!

    June 19, 2013

  • Jessica

    Extremely relavant to the greatest challenge facing agile transformations. Was great to hear from Kenny and his qualified experiences.

    June 19, 2013

  • David K.

    WOW - awesome attendance, very interesting talk/discussion. Well done Kenny Rubin & Allison.

    I'll apply some of those Portfolio Planning techniques next week!

    June 19, 2013

  • Stephanie W.

    Awesome meeting. Great content!

    June 19, 2013

  • Rob T.

    Felt like I was in an MBA class (and I mean that in a good way).

    June 19, 2013

  • Marti M.

    feeling ill :(

    June 18, 2013

    • Allison P.

      Sorry you couldn't make it--feel better soon!

      June 19, 2013

  • chris m.

    Great presentation. Interesting information

    June 19, 2013

  • TTCrockeTT

    Great Meetup! I loved seeing all the new peeps.

    June 19, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    Great topic and excellent presentation. I really enjoyed the quick pace as well as getting a better understanding of portfolio management.

    June 18, 2013

  • John G.

    Good simplistic discussion on the business aspect of the scrum/agile projects Need to get the slides for the talk !

    June 18, 2013

  • Rob S.

    Sorry to miss the meetup.

    June 18, 2013

  • Cathy

    stuck at work :(

    June 18, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Sorry, but unable to attend tonight

    June 18, 2013

  • Chokka

    I am new to this meetup group and Agile in general. But very eager to learn more about it, is this only for Agile experts or is it for newbies like me as well?

    June 10, 2013

    • Allison P.

      Hi, Chokka--we welcome all levels of experience & expertise to our group. Our goal is to learn from one another, and I hope to see you the meeting.

      June 10, 2013

    • David C.

      I am definitely not going to try to get a developer to do a feature without going through the PO...

      June 2, 2013

  • Rob S.

    Agile portfolio planning is precisely the challenge we are working on now. Only in our case we are moving from ad hoc project selection to more governance. Sounds like an interesting meetup!

    May 31, 2013

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