Agile Portfolio Management is a tool for a group of teams that have too many major chunks of work in flight. Traditional Portfolio Management is centred around the idea that we fund projects and assign people (or fractions of these people) to work on the project. By contrast in an Agile world, we have a fixed number of stable teams, so we can only have one project or major chunk of work being worked on by any one team at a time. This is a form of Limiting Work In Progress per team.
To make this work, the organization needs to see that the funding model in an Agile world is tied to teams, and then the Portfolio Management is just about deciding which chunks of work to do next. It is the art of getting stakeholders to help make big-picture decisions about the Product Backlog with you.
- Clean Your Backlogs
- Continuous Portfolio Management as a Contributor for Achieving Highly-Aligned, Loosely-Coupled Teams
- Review: Manage your project portfolio
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Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.
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