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Alignment and allocation … prioritization and politics … visibility and value … strategy and synergy.


Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.

It Starts (and Ends) at the Top

- by Andy Jordan

Project leadership at the executive level too often ends at selection and approval. Leaders must remain present during execution, guiding strategic alignment, championing objectives and goals, and driving decision-making when change requires it. Is your organization set up for project success, starting at the top?

Agile Budgeting Works

- by Sriram Narayan

An Agile approach to budgeting recognizes the need for frequent course correction by outcome owners who can respond to the business when they have autonomy. It favors accountability over expenditure tracking; it's using road intersections with roundabouts (cooperation) rather than traffic lights (compliance).

Thought-leaders and practitioners give voice to the latest trends, techniques and tools.

Agile in the Middle

- by Dave Prior

Middle managers are often seen as one of the biggest roadblocks to Agile team success. Here, agile transformation coach Chris Matts discusses the important organizational role they can play in mitigating risk and supporting decision-making processes like “feature injection” to deliver business value. [23:50]

Outcome Over Process

- by Dave Prior

Many organizations struggle with experimentation and focus too much on processes over outcomes, says David Bland who works with companies that want to act more like lean startups. He helps them "build things that matter" through customer development practices that unpack the value proposition for users, buyers and deciders. [14:45]

There's no one right way to get the job done — it's about context and striking a balance that suits the situation. Let's compare and contrast different approaches.

Who Oversees Business Benefits?

- by Tom Mochal

Who is responsible for tracking and capturing the business benefits of projects within a portfolio? Is it the portfolio management office, which can take a long-term view, or the project sponsors who create the business case in the first place? Here’s a comparison of these two models.

Portfolio Manager Roles

- by Tom Mochal

A portfolio manager’s role can vary depending on the organization. Should portfolio managers be responsible for the success of individual projects — a point person for problems and resolutions? Or should they focus on hiring good people and installing good process, leaving execution and benefit realization to the project managers and sponsors?

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for LeadingAgile where …

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
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Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
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VP of Marketing, innotas
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Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
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