Whitepapers

AGILE OR WATERFALL: Why you don't have to choose anymore

Choices, choices – we all love having a choice and we all love taking sides. It appeals to our tribe mentality. In the 60’s you loved the Beatles or the Stones1. In the 90’s you were an Oasis fan or a Blur fan2. But sometimes the best solution is a combination of the two. If you could have combined the song-writing of the Beatles with the style and attitude of the Stones, what a supergroup that would have been!
But in the last year or two, more and more PM’s are embracing both Agile or Waterfall approaches and starting to combine elements of both, in the search for the optimum combination. Whether you call it ‘Bimodal’, ‘Hybrid’ or just common sense, the old dividing lines are slowly disappearing. Here are some suggestions on how to blend the two.

PROJECT, PROGRAMME AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT: Three Disciplines, One Race

Steve Kirk, Professional Services Director at Sciforma, has over twenty years’ experience in the enterprise software sector, specialising in ERP and PPM tools.
Implementing a project-based organisation is like a triathlon, with the three separate disciplines of portfolio, programme and project management, that are linked together and that need to be executed in balance and with the same level of expertise. In combination, these disciplines provide an enterprise wide process for implementing strategy that is systematic and efficient.
The cultural and organisational approach rewards those organisations that recognise the need for each discipline and work continuously to improve all three.

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Melanie Franklin, Inspirational Speaker and Coach spoke to Sciforma clients during our UK User Group.
In this white paper, she highlights the main PMO Priorities & Challenges and how incorporating agile principles into existing project management approches could be part of the solution.
To learn more about Agile Change: http://agilechangemanagement.co.uk

BENEFITS REALISATION

Mark Woodward, Director of Mill Beck Consulting Ltd, is an expert and innovator in the use of Benefits Realisation Management (BRM) and benefits-led decision making.
Mark Woodward and Sciforma presented a Master Class session at Project Challenge and delivered a whitepaper. This whitepaper provides you with the key elements to build your business case, measure the value add of the new system and deliver on your promises.
To learn more about Mill Beck Consulting: http://www.millbeckconsulting.co.uk

DEMAND MANAGEMENT: From great ideas to great projects

Derron Taplin, Director & Partner of Maxica Consulting, has been specialising in Portfolio, Programme and Project management for over 20 years.
Derron Taplin and Sciforma presented a Master Class session at Project Challenge in Birmingham.
Great ideas are only great if you capture them, evaluate them and ensure they fit your organisation blueprint. In all organisations this is a challenge and considerable value and competitive advantage can be lost due to lack of visibility and suitable alignment with corporate objectives. So how do you collate, analyse and provide value without being a bottleneck? Organisations need a pragmatic structured approach that can take you from enigma to euphoria. This whitepaper will show you how.
To learn more about Maxica Consulting: http://www.maxicaconsulting.co.uk

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Brad Egeland is a Business Solution Designer and IT/PM consultant and author with over 25 years of software development, management, and project management experience leading initiatives in Manufacturing, Government Contracting, Creative Design, Gaming and Hospitality, Retail Operations, Aviation and Airline, Pharmaceutical, Start-ups, Healthcare, Higher Education, Non-profit, High-Tech, Engineering and general IT.
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