Beneficial Consulting, concentrates on enabling organisations to make sense of agile.  Agile presents organisations with the opportunity for faster, cheaper projects which deliver better business results but at the same time represents a significant cultural shift.  Processes, management behaviours and tools which previously facilitated project delivery often hinder the agile activities.  Organisations who are seeking to blend agile and waterfall delivery techniques often struggle for delivery efficiency.  In these situations, our clients benefit from our practical international experience.

Since 2011, Beneficial Consulting has developed a reputation for pragmatism, agile excellence and the ability to realise business benefits.  Our consulting team covers the disciplines required for successful Business Change, Programme and Project initiatives using agile or traditional delivery methods.  We take pride in being able to provide experienced professionals with subject matter expertise and knowledge of agile change management best practices.

Lean-Agile PMO Specialists

Many organisations use a combination of agile and traditional projects.  To provide governance and oversight in this situation we have engineered a new type of PMO; the Lean-Agile PMO.  The Lean-Agile PMO is designed to provide senior executives with the assurance that the change investment portfolio is being well managed.  The objectives broadly are to launch the right projects, at the right time and to make sure they succeed. The goals of the Lean-Agile PMO breakdown broadly into six areas;

  • Enabling both agile and traditional projects to deliver faster,
  • Coaching and acting to stop “problem” projects and programmes,
  • Efficient agile management of the portfolio,
  • Emphasis on business case and benefits delivery,
  • Buffers the teams from the less agile parts of the organisation,
  • The provision of reassurance to Stakeholders.

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The Lean-Agile PMO

The Lean-Agile PMO

The course is designed for PMOs and senior change stakeholders as they make the changes necessary to support agile and traditional projects, programmes and portfolios.

The Lean-Agile Concept

Some PMOs have difficulty in defining the organisational value they create. The PMO may be seen as predominantly a reporting or administration function. This is a course that outlines a design for a PMO using Lean and Agile concepts. The design is focussed on the delivery of maximum value to the PMO’s customers (Stakeholders) with as little wasted effort as possible. It facilitates project execution such that wasted project effort is also minimised. It defines a service ethos and a mechanism for continuous improvement.

Using Agile techniques, the PMO provides a project ecosystem and collaborative culture such that projects are demonstrably delivered as fast as possible, irrespective of delivery methodology, with “just enough” governance so that risks are well managed and success is assured. The Lean-Agile PMO concept shifts the emphasis of the function from simply reporting to providing essential services and preventing activities from going wrong.

The course outlines the process and capability changes needed to up-shift the PMO function providing a purposeful governance framework for both agile and traditional projects and programmes. This framework outlines the agile PMO events and ceremonies. It includes agile risk management, Red-Amber-Green Status analysis, agile checkpoints and status reporting.

The course outlines the principles of agile portfolio management and portfolio reporting. Following this course participants will:

  • Understand how a PMO needs to function in order to support agile and traditional projects and programmes
  • Understand how metrics are used in planning, analysis and reporting agile projects
  • Be able to evaluate the suitability of Risk Management strategies in the agile context
  • Evaluate the status of agile projects using Red Amber Green analysis
  • Monitor and control path-to-green corrective action plans.

This interactive course is designed for Senior PMO Managers, PMO Leads, PMO Analysts and Heads of Change who wish to introduce an added value Lean-Agile PMO concept. An option for certification of proficiency will be provided by Beneficial Consulting based upon a thirty-minute multi-choice questionnaire at the conclusion of this course.

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