truly Agile withControlled Agility™

Agile in large organizations can often be unruly, leading to a PMO that either closes its eyes and hopes for the best or controls too tightly, eliminating what makes agile such a boon in the first place.

Controlled Agility™ brings governance back to agile ways of working, aligning it with the organizational strategy without stifling innovation and flexibility.
How do we plan and fund our strategy? How do we align our organization with our strategy? Which processes apply for agile and non-agile? How do we combine sprint planning with Gantt and milestones?
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The Controlled Agility™ framework is used to target project and work management areas, giving you the freedom to identify your specific needs from a people, process, and technology perspective​.

The foundation of your organization

The foundation of everything is team collaboration, or put bluntly, the actual work being done by people in the organization. Team collaboration in the Controlled Agility™ framework is divided into three different groups:

- Traditional projects: with a set plan and result and a start and end date
- Agile projects: with a fixed start and end date but a variable scope that depends on time, resources, and changes in project and market.
- Fixed teams: there is no set timeline for delivery, and the scope varies.

Tools like roadmaps that can show dependencies between projects and deliverables can identify potential risks and allow for clear communication.

Letting people work where it makes sense

People managers manage the work. They ensure the work is given to the right people and monitor the progress and completion. With Team Planner, you can request resources based on role, skill, or a specific person. It’s then up to the line manager to find the best person for the job.

Staying on top of time

There is often a need to monitor how much work is being done to determine the value; most commonly, there’s a time registration solution here. Time registration lets us know how much time is being spent on different projects or initiatives and is a quick way to measure the value of our efforts.

Getting the full Overview

All the work done is rolled into business cases, programs, and portfolios in order to group related initiatives.

The project and its business case should be managed from one central location. This makes connecting critical project data from multiple sources easier and comparing key information such as risks, issues, KPIs, financials, and stakeholders.

Make governance cool again

Governance is both the beginning and the end of any organization. This is where we handle the organization’s strategy and follow up on whether it’s being executed. With Controlled Agility™, governance comes into play, but the key is collecting information rather than decreeing methodology.

Your strategy is defined in your organization’s portfolios. Deliver your strategic objectives by:

- Creating and managing portfolios top-down.
- Include programs, projects, and initiatives to continuously balance the investment.
- Stay on top of the overall execution roadmap.
- Track financial consumption.
- Monitor risks and much more.

Aligning the organization

The Controlled Agility™ is a multidirectional framework: it can be considered top-down and bottom-up, and it should be because there are different considerations depending on where in the organization you are.

But the most important thing is organizational alignment. With OKRs you can ensure that everyone knows what the overall strategy is – even if realizing it can vary from department to department.

Track your ongoing work against OKRs in Power PPM and create and assign key results to departments and people, making follow up easy both on a progress level and a strategic level.

Transparency is everything

Large organizations can struggle to create clear communication and identifying roadblocks and their ramifications. That’s where reporting comes in.

Real-time reporting can give quick insights across the different teams and departments and help create a culture of transparency that values growth and learning: you can’t really be agile without it.

Straight from the horse's mouth.

Peter Kestenholz came up with the Controlled Agility™ framework in 2018 after seeing the same patterns over and over in large organizations trying to work agile.
“Power PPM ensures a unified portfolio overview and simple access to company-wide portfolio reporting – in a modern wrapping and utilizing the best of the Microsoft platform”
“We are looking forward to getting an even better data quality surrounding our initiatives, as well as benefit-tracking, and then use it to aggregate it to portfolio level. This will give us an even better foundation for decision making.”
“Power ppm really is an amazing tool that provides an overview at any given time. The different ways of sorting, filtering, and making your own columns help a lot when we’re going through project statuses at team meetings”
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