This talk is about realizing strategy with good Portfolio Management in hybrid organizations.

In hybrid organizations the governance of traditional projects and programs is changing. The mix of stable (agile) teams in one part of the organization (bringing work to teams) and traditional project teams (temporally sourcing people around work) in other parts of the organization requires this change in governance. Agile portfolio management meets traditional portfolio management.

Agile Portfolio Management in the sense of managing the organization backlog by connecting Strategy to Operation. This is a topic in many organizations that started working in an agile way at team level and have come to a point where agile has scaled towards the level of collaborating teams in the value chain. A mix of stable (agile) teams and temporally (traditional) project teams.

This complexity in dependencies between the collaborating teams requires good portfolio management. Portfolio management that, in most cases, is still performed in a more traditional way, leading to a clash between the “forces” in the organization with different mindsets.
This symptom is a good sign, it means you are becoming an agile/responsive organization as a whole. This is the moment where a board of directors should become enthusiastic about the nearby possibilities of short cyclic strategy realization.

Organizations in this stage are in the twilight zone between agile and traditional. Call it hybrid organizations. A characteristic of these organizations is that depending on the person in the organization you talk with, you either get the impression that it is a typical non agile/traditional organization or that it is the most inspiring agile organization you can imagine. The truth is that both exist in the organization and need to integrate.

The challenge to join the forces in a way that they contribute to each other, examples of how to connect the strategy to operation, and tips on how to use the insights from agile portfolio management to de-scale your organization instead of scaling complexity are examples of the topic you can expect in this talk.

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