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Portfolio Kanban - Seeing the Bigger Picture (Sandy Mamoli, Nomad8)


Doing too many things at once can slow an entire organisation down. As every successful organisation will have more great ideas than they have capacity to build, it is tempting to start too many of them at the same time. However, too many projects in progress will slow down delivery of each and every one of them.

So, how can we make sure we work to our organisational capacity and don’t try to do too much? How do we make sure we’re working on the important and not just the urgent stuff?  This is where Portfolio Kanban can help: In this session we will explore how Portfolio Kanban can help an organisation prioritise, plan and visually track its projects.

Through the example of Trade Me I will demonstrate the practical application of Portfolio Kanban. I will explore how Trade Me have benefitted from the increased visibility and reduced work in progress, and how they are using Portfolio Kanban to direct the organisation’s Agile teams. Come along and enjoy tales of our successes, challenges and struggles on our (still continuing) journey towards awesome portfolio management.


The speaker:

Sandy Mamoli | Director of All Things Agile, Nomad8

Sandy Mamoli Photo Living proof that love will make you do crazy things, Sandy Mamoli moved to NZ  in 2007 to follow her heart and has been trapped in the wilds of Wellington ever  since. From working with Sony Ericsson's global enterprise website in Amsterdam  and Copenhagen to being one of NZ’s leading Agile coaches and Chair of Agile  Welly (, Sandy brings her practical European flair  and passionate advocacy of all things Agile to NZ businesses.

She’s a former  Olympian, a geek, a gadget junkie and emerging triathlete. Sandy is one of the owners and co-founders of Nomad8 ( She knows quite a lot about Agile.


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  • Ek

    Inspiring, motivating and practical. It's a worthy challenge to apply it to our own organisation. Sandy's a great presenter.

    September 25, 2013

  • Vignesh N.

    Sandy it was fantastic to hear from your practical experiences and continual improvements being made by the team. Thanks for sharing your experiences, very much appreciated.

    September 25, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    Thanks for all the nice feedback! And thanks for coming to my talk, it was a very enjoyable evening for me :-)

    For those who are interested I'll share my slides soon ...

    September 25, 2013

  • Larrie T.

    fascinating. really interesting to hear the rationale and the processes. Thanks Sandy

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Anthony B.

    Great practical advice, thanks for sharing this insightful presentation with us

    September 25, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Great talk. Good to see some success using Kanban at a good sized NZ company

    September 24, 2013

  • Tony O.

    Thanks Sandy, probably the most interesting and helpful AgileWelly event I've been to so far! Well presented!

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Sandy - I really enjoyed the talk. The look into Trade Me was very interesting - thank you for sharing it.

    September 24, 2013

  • Garreth M.

    Good talk covering the effectiveness of Portfolio Kanban. Sandy is a very good speaker.

    September 24, 2013

  • Marion R.

    Hi, any idea what time your session might finish? (family stuff and all). Ta.

    September 18, 2013

    • Sandy M.

      Hi Marion, I'll talk for roughly 40 mins and then there'll be some QA. We'll finish by 6.15pm.

      September 19, 2013

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