Doing too many things at once can slow an entire organisation down. AEvery successful organisation will have more great ideas than they have capacity to build, and it is tempting to start too many of them at the same time. However, too many projects in progress will slow down delivery of each and every one of them. This is exactly what happened to us at Trade Me, New Zealand’s biggest eCommerce platform.

Using the example of Trade Me, a 300 person company, I will demonstrate the practical application of Portfolio Kanban. I will show how we managed to: reduce our work in progress by blocking projects; work on the important rather than urgent stuff through visualisation and shared prioritisation; and explore how Trade Me are using Portfolio Kanban to direct the organisation’s Agile teams.

In this session I will describe how we managed to bridge the gap between theory and practice and share some ideas for how to put the principles of Kanban into action.

Come along and enjoy tales of our successes, challenges and struggles on our (ongoing) journey towards awesome portfolio management.

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