Department of Management

Agile project portfolio management, new solutions and new challenges: findings from four agile organizations

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During the last couple of decades, agile methods have spread from software development start-ups to large, established organizations across different industries. The traditional pro-ject portfolio management processes build on certain premises about agreed-on deliverables, resources and deadline. These premises are not applicable to agile projects. Therefore, ac-commodating agile methods in project portfolio management (PPM) has become a key ques-tion. On this backdrop, we use four large companies with a background in traditional forms of managing projects and portfolios to investigate how agile transformation demands change in ways of thinking. By using the rethinking project management framework as our theoreti-cal grounding, we deconstruct the companies' PPM practices in elements of thought from a classical and a rethinking project perspective. We study how these elements manifest and interact across project, portfolio, and management levels and how they produce desirable and undesirable consequences. Finally, we suggest how scaling agile to the project portfolio level demands new ways of thinking and operation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURAM 2020 Online Conference - THE BUSINESS OF NOW: the future starts here
PublisherEuropean Academy of Management
Publication year2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventEURAM - Dublin
Duration: 4 Dec 20206 Dec 2020



    Research areas

  • Project portfolio management, rethinking, agile project portfolio management, Agile at scale, organizational agility, Agility, Agile transformation

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