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STAND FIRM Vol I, Issue 4



Achieve Breakthroughs in IT Project Portfolio Performance
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When to Use Agile, and When Not to

The CIO’s Guide to Breakthrough Portfolio Performance hits a high of #5 on Amazon’s best-seller list!

Upcoming Events

Our book hit a high of #5 on Amazon’s best-seller list for Technical Project Management books! Even more encouraging, it was one of only two books in the top 10 that wasn’t a textbook or an exam-prep guide.

Thanks to all of you who have helped us achieve this very cool marker of early success!

When to Use Agile, and When Not to

I get this question a lot, and while there are many factors that ultimately demand the answer “it depends,” that answer isn’t particularly useful. As a result, I wrote a blog post about it, and also addressed this topic in the appendix to my book. 

Click here to check out the blog post.

Upcoming Events

The PMI Montgomery County Chapter’s annual symposium is coming up!  On October 15. CEO Mike Hannan will be co-presenting on Agile Governance, focusing on how to apply an “apples-to-apples” view of different project buffer types to balance buffers across hybrid portfolios of Agile and traditional projects. Mike will be conducting a book-signing of The CEO’s Guide to Breakthrough Project Portfolio Performance, as well as offering discounts on the book.

On November 11, Fortezza Consulting is teaming up with PMO Strategies to deliver a full-day session on “7 Essential Techniques All High-Performing PMOs Must Master,” and on November 18, Fortezza Consulting will be delivering a full-day seminar for the PMI Washington DC Chapter on “Breakthrough ÏT Project Portfolio Performance.”

In both sessions, we will be teaching our newly rolled-out technique, Maximal-Impact Project Selection (MIPS), first introduced in our book, which will be provided at no additional charge to all registered class participants.

Sandwiched between these two events, we will be presenting at the Agile Development Conference-East event in Orlando, Florida on November 13. The topic will be “Breakthrough Portfolio Performance: Managing a Mix of Agile and Non-Agile Projects.”  Registrants can save up to $200 by using my speaker code 14BSCE43MH.

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