Thoughts on (#Agile) Portfolio Management

By on April 17, 2019

Portfolio management optimizes the value delivered and minimizes the risk of accommodating  activities that cannot successfully deliver

Running an effective portfolio enables strong alignment of execution to strategy.

Yet this is an area where many experience poorer than necessary results with negative implications for economic results and key operational indicators like quality, cycle time and employee engagement.

There are three things that set portfolios apart:

  • balancing load to capacity; minimize work in progress
  • playing for real with options; maximize on learnings; ‘rigging the game’ in your favor
  • making things visible and comparable

Building on Lean and Agile principles I put together a presentation that demonstrates these and invites to a conversation on where you are with all of this in your company.

Find the most recent version from #Downloads

Snowden on Innovation

By on January 22, 2018

Necessary but not sufficient conditions for innovation: Starvation Pressure Perspective shift   Dave Snowden, using Appollo 13 as an example, see YouTube: Snowden argues that the held belief that creativity leads to innovation is confusing causality and correlation

IBM CIO Jeff Smith – Build A Next-Gen Agile Culture

By on January 11, 2018

From just listening this is quite amazing – many good insights to build on – very strong focus on accountability – clear principles and beliefs – thumbs up – see Principles Clarity over certainty Course correction over perfection Self-directed teams

On Roosevelt

By on November 16, 2017

“Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining” Teddy Roosevelt   The Roosevelt quote is a classic example of simple, linear thinking that doesn’t fly far in a complex world full of systemic issues – on the

Agile – not difficult – not safe

By on November 16, 2017

If you don’t know if you are overloaded or not – then most probably you are – not just a little – a lot! If you are overloaded, little will help, before you deal with the overload. This is probably

Temperature of agile in Denmark 2017

By on September 4, 2017

In connection with the Danish Agile@Scale Day 2017 organized by Accenture and #AgilityLab, #AgilityLab invited for a spot check of the temperature of agile in Denmark 2017. A total of 142 people responded to 3 simple questions: (Belief) Do you believe in


By on July 7, 2017

Your hear warnings about Conway’s law. Agile at scale is all about making Conway’s law your friend – building structure to drive behavior. Essentially applying Conway’s law in inverse.

Succeeding with a large scale digital transformation … hmmm!

By on July 5, 2017

Today’s lunch conversation centered around large scale digital transformations and how to succeed. Popular wisdom has it that less than 90% of digital transformations succeed. Some fresh thinking may be required. Imagine someone is just getting started, what advise would

Things we have never been good at

By on March 21, 2017

Requirements Estimation Contracts Projects …

The Wall

By on March 17, 2017

If you face a physical wall, it doesn’t matter if you believe it’s there. It’s there! The other way around … If you believe there is a physical wall in front of you, it doesn’t matter if it’s there. It’s