The Lean Portfolio Manifesto: a conversation-starter
via Work Life by Atlassian by Caz Gottlieb
From its outset, the agile methodology defied how teams operated for decades. Yet, the success realized within product and development organizations triggered an explosion of adoption. From rapid development, faster time to resolution, to improved communication and better product quality, there’s no debate: the benefits of agile are real and they are impactful.
What’s the primary focus of lean portfolio management?
Time and again, we’ve seen teams jamming like a well-oiled agile machine. But zooming out and looking at the bigger picture reveals a much different reality. Teams are only moving as fast as their leaders, and many of our leaders are still stuck in a world of waterfall execution and annual investment cycles. Some might wave their hand in their air and say it’s the team level that really matters – that’s where the work is being done. But what if I told you that football coach Joe Gibbs planned out every single play one year before a game? Before he knows the team makeup, and before he knows the mistakes or incidents that could change the course of the game? You would probably say that’s impossible. Sure, it’s a coach’s responsibility to have a plan, but it’s also a coach’s responsibility to be in sync with their team so they can revise plays and hit their goals.
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