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Thursday, July 19, 2012

PMI Agile COP Webinar on July 24

I just received an "eBlast" message from PMI announcing a webinar.  Note that you must be a PMI member to register and participate . . . 

This is part of the same series that Charles mentioned in "Agility in a Fixed Price Environment" earlier this week.  If you are a PMI member - just click on the register link in the message below.

Agile Community of Practice 


Webinar with Johanna Rothman

24 July 2012 at Noon PM ET (UTC - 0400)

Agile Portfolio Planning: Managing Your Project Portfolio

Whether you’ve been agile for a while or still thinking about it, I bet you have one thing in common with all other software teams I know—you have too much work to do. Agile will make that transparent. But what do you do about it?
The best choice is to manage the project portfolio. And, not only can you use agile and lean approaches to your projects, you can use agile and lean approaches to your project portfolio.
But, when you think of project portfolio management, do you think of dog-and-pony shows? Or, crazy math? Or, are your managers so accustomed to thinking that you should multitask when you tell them you don’t have enough people to staff projects? Do you see value-less pet projects that you would like to eliminate? With agile, you don’t need any of these. All you need is project demos and a straightforward discussion of business value.
In this presentation, Johanna will show you how an agile and lean approach to the project portfolio can help both technical staff and management see what’s going on, how to apply agile and lean to the project portfolio, and how to collaborate to make great portfolio decisions.

About Johanna Rothman: Johanna Rothman works with managers and leaders to identify problems and seize opportunities around how they manage their product development. She focuses on removing management and technical staff impediments. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:
-Hiring Geeks That Fit
-Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
-The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
-Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
-Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People
She is working on books about using agile practices to find a new job, and agile program management. She writes columns for and on agile project management for, and writes two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on

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