Tuesday night, I was the guest speaker at a joint meeting of the Denver chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and the newly formed Denver chapter of the Agile Project Leadership Network. We had a good crowd of 50-60 or so Business Analysis, Project Managers and the like. While most of the Business Analysts in the group were fairly new to agile, the attendees from APLN, of course, had more agile experience.
My topic was “Moving to Agile Portfolio Management”. The topic was of great interest to many in the group and we had a lively discussion about the issues of evolving the enterprise to take a more agile approach at the portfolio, as opposed to project or program, level. Of course much of this discussion revolves around the legacy (fixed budget-fixed scope-fixed timeline) thinking that is predominant in so many PMO offices, and how that thinking can be a major inhibitor to the achievement of real agility at the enterprise level. More importantly, we also discussed some ideas as to what to do about it.
I promised to post the slides from that presentation, so here they are. agile-porfolio-management-denver-apln-mar-2009
If you are a business analyst or project manager starting to see agile in your present or near future (and who isn’t?) you owe it to yourself to join one of these organizations.