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Creating agility at a portfolio level allows teams to focus on creating value, identify the real impediments to doing so, and collaborate effectively across the portfolio. Decision-makers can then understand where value is being created and where it is impeded, as well as being able to focus on creating a roadmap for the future, rather than putting out fires.
There are a number of factors that inhibit the creation of agility at a portfolio level. This can include adopting agile frameworks that aren't fit for purpose or scaling what is happening at the team level without anticipating that the constraints and opportunities are different at a portfolio level - where strategy, funding models, resource allocation and competing needs are key challenges.
We advocate a different method to scaling. Our approach begins with a needs assessment to clarify the organisational context, challenges, objectives and opportunities. Through consulting, coaching and education, we can then build your organisational capability to speed up time to value - this includes aligning initiatives with strategy, using value models to guide investment decisions, and understanding how to monitor and measure progress whilst adapting the flow of work as required.
Pat is an experienced consultant and Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley. She has proven success transforming large agile organisations and developing world class enterprise agile practices.
Pat’s experience encompasses roles such as Executive Director at the Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Pictures & Television, Senior Director at Universal Studios Motion Picture Group, CIO at GameWorks, and Senior Director of IT at GAP.
Pat’s background in neuroscience and psychology provides her with deep domain knowledge of human behaviour – central to the cultural focus of an agile way of working.
Her expertise encompasses transformational leadership, connecting strategy to delivery and solving complex business challenges. She does this by leveraging deep domain knowledge of human behaviour, sense making and design thinking, and empirical methods whilst retaining a strong focus on value.
James is an experienced consultant who helps organisations to explore new approaches to problem solving. He supports businesses to better fit into their ecosystem and to access the value that exists and that can be leveraged in the people and systems within the organisation.
James specialises agile development and design thinking approaches. He draws on his experience leading both project and operational teams focused on business process re-engineering, IT, product development and finance.
He has extensive business and IT experience and has a successful track record in aligning technology and people to process improvement initiatives that achieve strategic business performance.
James’ experience includes roles as Chief Technology Officer for Ezypay, IT Manager for AMP and Learning and Development Manager for AMP.
James’s major strengths are his ability to identify and create solutions that improve the effectiveness of business functions in both technology and people related areas, leading change projects and creating a high performing team environment.
James is the author of ‘Analyzing Business Rules’.