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Tuesday, July 29 • 10:45 - 12:00
Agile Projects, Programs, and Portfolio Management: No Air Quotes Needed (Johanna Rothman) FULL

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Have you ever seen people use air quotes around the words “agile project” as if they don’t believe those words go together? Or, do you wonder what the five horizons of planning are? Do you ever wonder if agile or lean approaches to project management can be scaled or if you are doomed to waterfall approaches to large efforts?

You can use agile and lean approaches to your projects, program, and the project portfolio. Agile and lean projects are still projects. In this session, Johanna Rothman will discuss why you would want to use short cycles, how iterative and incremental development works, and how you pick an iteration length.

We’ll discuss the five different planning horizons, and briefly discuss the basics of user stories and estimation. Yes, we’ll have a brief and lively discussion prediction and estimation and when to use each. You’ll have a chance to see what team boards might look like in Scrum or Kanban, and what information radiators might show you in a healthy or a not-so-healthy project.

We’ll also talk about how you can expand from one team to a program and where the different schools of thought lie, and how to avoid multi-tasking with agile project portfolio management.

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Johanna Rothman

President, Rothman Consulting
Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development. | | Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current agileconnection.com technical editor. Johanna is the author of several books including: Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization... Read More →

Tuesday July 29, 2014 10:45 - 12:00