Project and Portfolio Maturity for Waterfall and Agile: Convergence of Layered Needs in Different Ecosystems

Project and Portfolio Maturity for Waterfall and Agile: Convergence of Layered Needs in Different Ecosystems

Jurgen Janssens (QSpin Experts, Belgium)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3197-5.ch013

Abstract

Projects, programs, and portfolios can be safeguards for organizational continuity, enablers of evolutions, or catalysts for change. It is therefore essential to take the maturity into account of the organization they are serving. It is by embedding attention for it on the different levels that the drawbacks of maturity concerns can be turned into micro-catalysts for change, advancement, and success. This chapter analyzes different complementary components of organizational maturity, mainly maturity for program and portfolio management, the maturity of the relation between project and resource management, and maturity on strategy management. The levering potential of maturity risks is briefly be addressed. To give more depth to the silver lining, two cases are integrated. Together, they illustrate that attention for the organizational maturity concern is a concern that goes beyond the differences between traditional Waterfall projects and more agile paced contexts.
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Background

In a competitive world, organizations are constantly looking for strategic advantages and striving for efficiency and quality in performance and delivery. For these efforts to be fruitful it is important to have a sufficiently high level of organizational maturity, or to manage in accordance with reality. No matter if projects take place in a traditional company or in very liquid companies (Rydkjaer, 2016) knowledge based management provides indeed a structured silver lining that canalizes and gives direction.

Different models exist to assess the organization’s current capabilities, identify where they want to be in the future and implement improvements in a clear and structured way, with measurable results.

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