Portfolio Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change of Portfolio Management

A session at Lean Agile Scotland 2015

Wednesday 7th October, 2015

2:35pm to 3:05pm (GMT)

Does any of following problems sound familiar?

  • Too many concurrent projects in the portfolio
  • Constant struggle to finish commitments on time
  • Continuous fight for teams and people availability
  • Frequent project expediting
  • Disconnection between portfolio management and work organization on a team level

These are typical issues with portfolio management. However, before jumping into solutions we should ask why the issues are so common. The limited visibility of the current situation is one of the root causes. Lack of information about the impact of new commitments on the organization is another. The decision-making process that results in starting too many new endeavors is on the list too. The session would focus on addressing these root causes and not the symptoms.

Instead of a common strategy of formalizing the processes around portfolio management we can use Portfolio Kanban to evolve our way of working with the portfolio. The approach bases on “start with what you have” principle. This means that it doesn’t provoke resistance. Also small, evolutionary changes are preferred over big-bang changes. On the top of that, using the method doesn’t require extensive effort, which increases the odds of sustaining its adoption in the long run.

Portfolio Kanban is often reduced to one of the elements of methods, such as SAFe, while it provides much more sophisticated tools to address risk assessment and helps us to do the right things and not only do things right.

About the speaker

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Pawel Brodzinski

CEO at Lunar Logic bio from LinkedIn

Pawel has been a leader of the first Kanban implementation in the software industry in Poland. He is a Brickell Key Award nominee and an active member of the core Lean Kanban community.

He shares his thoughts on broadly understood, software project management on his blog. Pawel is passionate about building great teams, creating superb organizational culture, and helping people to grow.

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5 attendees

  • Hans Kohls
  • Dominic Smith
  • Graham Cadger
  • Pawel Brodzinski
  • James Murphy

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  • Martin Burns

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Time 2:35pm3:05pm GMT

Date Wed 7th October 2015

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