Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Location: Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Strategies for Agile Portfolio Management
ABSTRACT: 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!
Bio: 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 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 Amazon #1 best-selling book,Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process. In addition to this book, Kenny is also the coauthor of the 1995 book Succeeding with Objects: Decision Frameworks for Project Management. He received his B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
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