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The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
The Agile PMO
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The Agile PMO


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Agile PMO Presentation given to UK PMOsig conference March 2011 by Adrian Quinney.

Agile PMO Presentation given to UK PMOsig conference March 2011 by Adrian Quinney.

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  • 1. mmmagic milestones
    The Agile PMO
    Raising the PMO bar ~ PMOSIG Conference
    Presented by: Adrian Quinney
    8th March 2011
  • 2. Contents
    Agile background
    Values of Agile
    Agile & the PMO Challenge
    Delivering the Agile PMO
  • 3. Agile PMOs
    “over the 10 years that the PPSOSIG has been in existence, as a profession we've just about got to grips with dealing with waterfall projects, their delivery and their governance.”
    “How do we fare with agile projects then? "Not very mature"  
    “we really need to start having the debates and formulating the approaches right now, if the PPSO is to survive in this new world”
    Taken from the August 2010 newsletter by Chris Walters
  • 4. Agile & scrum
  • 5. Values of Agile
    Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
    Working software over comprehensive documentation
    Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
    Responding to change over following a plan
    While there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
  • 6. Agile?
  • 7. What is Scrum?
    Scrum has been used as a framework to develop complex products since the early 1990s.
    Framework consists of a set of Scrum Teams and their associated roles; Time-Boxes, Artifacts, and Rules
    Employs an iterative, incremental approach to development for predictability and risk control
    Every Sprint - teams build and deliver increments of potentially shippable functionality that adheres to a working definition of “done.”
    Encourages self organising & managing teams
    “In almost every instance in which Scrum has been applied, exponential productivity gains have been realised”.
    (Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle, 2002)
  • 8. Artefacts, Roles, Time-Boxes
    Scrum Roles
    Product Owner – Prioritises the backlog
    Scrum Master – Runs the daily “scrums”
    Scrum Team – Delivers artefacts and products
    • Release Planning Meeting
    • 9. Sprint
    • 10. Sprint Planning Meeting
    • 11. Sprint Review
    • 12. Sprint Retrospective
    • 13. Daily Scrum.
    Product Backlog
    Release Burndown
    Sprint Backlog
    Sprint Burndown
  • 14. Scrum Lifecycle
    Courtesy of Mountain Goat Software – Mike Cohen
  • 15. PMO Challenges
    Image: Simon Howden /
  • 16. Agile PMO Experience
    Maverick Television
  • 17. Agile Challenge
    Wow this agile stuff means I don’t have to document anything!
    Wow this agile stuff means I can give the users untested products!
    Wow this agile stuff means we don’t need project managers anymore!
    Wow this agile stuff means we don’t need change control on our project anymore!
  • 18. Scrum & the PMO
  • 19. How Agile challengesthe PMO
    Misalignment of governance with Agile
    Protracted sign off & workflows
    Waterfall End stage gateways
    Creates overhead and lack of accountability
    Misalignment of tools, techniques and reporting
    Can’t keep pace with velocity of sprints
    Disconnect between scrum board & PPM tools
    New ways of reporting
    scrum boards, backlogs, burndown charts
    Image: Michal Marcol /
  • 20. How Agile challenges the PMO
    Initially most staff in the PMO resist the transition to Scrum
    Change is personally and professionally frightening
    Absence of PMO in Scrum and agile literature
    The “Process Police” staff are protective due to compliance requirements
    Scrum scatters traditional project management responsibilities
    Scrum Master, Product Owner and the Team,
    Project managers questioning their role.
    Image: Bernie Condon /
  • 21. The Agile pmo
  • 22. The Agile PMO
    People & Organisation
    • Run the Agile PMO as a Scrum Team
    • 23. Optimise for throughput & velocity
    • 24. Eliminate waste – non value added activity
    • 25. Support & empower Scrum Teams
    • 26. Establish training environment
    • 27. Provide coaching & mentoring
    • 28. Maintain consistency across scrum teams
  • 29. The Agile PMO
    Methods & Process
    • Debunk Corporate Governance
    • 30. Re-engineer waterfall workflows
    • 31. Reduce heavy weight sign off
    • 32. Focus on business outcomes rather than meaningless deadlines
    • 33. Portfolio Management
    • 34. Split Large projects
    • 35. Terminate the Sick
    • 36. Limit Work in Progress (WIP)
    Image: luigi diamanti /
  • 37. The Agile PMO
    • PMO reporting
    • 38. Reduce death by PowerPoint & Excel
    • 39. Establish & collect appropriate metrics
    • 40. PMO tools
    • 41. Implement lightweight PPM & agile tools
    • 42. Aspyre, @Task , Versionone, Agile buddy, TeamPulse, Miniscrum, Jira ...
    • 43. Deploy collaboration tools
    • 44. Basecamp, Huddle, Confluence, Mingle …
    Image: luigi diamanti /
  • 45. Q & A
    Agile PMO
    Image: Idea go /
  • 46. mmmagic milestones
    Please contact us for more information
    Adrian Quinney
    Account Director
    Magic Milestones Ltd
    Birmingham, UK