Businesses today operate in conditions of high uncertainty. Companies need to be constantly evolving. This means it’s no longer enough to have autonomous agile teams working iteratively. Now the whole organisation needs to be responsive and adaptable.

So what does portfolio management look like in a constantly changing organisation? How can a portfolio be run without relying on traditional command and control practices? In this talk I’ll share lean portfolio management principles that focus on defining a purpose and then aligning autonomous teams to work towards it. Principles that will enable your organisation to become more responsive and achieve your purpose.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

In this talk I’ll share principles and practices about lean portfolio management. These will focus on three different levels of an organisation - purpose setting, portfolio alignment and team empowerment. This will provide a framework for lean a portfolio management practice.

Some of the topics will include:

  • Aligning the work to your purpose
  • Understanding customer value
  • Measuring the right thing
  • How to shift funding models
  • Lean governance
  • Embracing Servant Leadership
  • Enabling autonomous product teams
  • How teams need to change

Through out the talk I use a case study from a recent project to demonstrate what these look like in action.

Learning Outcome

New operating models are emerging to make increased organisational agility possible. Rather setting up rigid org structures, companies are shifting to defining their purpose and then using that as a north star to align their autonomous teams towards.

This is a hard shift to make for organisations running with traditional portfolio governance practices. Practices that value control, certainty and long-term planning. These are often at odds with teams who are operating in conditions of high uncertainty, exploring problems, testing ideas, pivoting and continuously evolving their products.

In this talk I’ll share principles and practices that leaders can embrace to set their product teams up for success. I’ll show how they can align their portfolio to a purpose, give clarity to their teams, and set their teams up to realise their full potential.

Target Audience

Portfolio managers, project managers, team leads, middle managers, anyone responsible for managing a portfolio of work.

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