Addressing the Bi-Modal Reality
A top-down, 360° view of all work is critical to truly align all execution with strategy

In order to effectively drive business transformation, today’s organizations must adjust to the bi-modal reality that a combination of execution methods are used by teams with different work styles. Whether work is executed via traditional, Agile or back-of-the-napkin approaches, the PMO must still be able to provide top-down governance and status reports across all work, while still empowering teams to work in their tool of choice.

One size doesn’t fit all

Even if one particular department has gone 100% Agile, a variety of project execution techniques are most likely in use across the enterprise. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all methodologies. Instead, a proliferation of project and work management tools and techniques are being used by a variety of teams in different functions and verticals. So attempting to institute 100% Agile across the entire enterprise makes about as much sense as trying to force all of those groups to adopt one standard, traditional PPM approach.

Addressing the need to integrate a variety of work styles is something that the entire enterprise now needs to embrace if it is to successfully drive business transformation. Projects across the enterprise being executed using multiple tools and methodologies need to be integrated with PPM, ERP and other enterprise systems as much as possible to ensure that the organization has a top-down, 360° view of all work. Some key considerations:

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What can you do to address this reality?

Addressing the need to integrate a variety of work styles is something that the entire enterprise now needs to embrace if it is to successfully drive business transformation. Projects across the enterprise being executed using multiple tools and methodologies need to be integrated with PPM, ERP and other enterprise systems as much as possible to ensure that the organization has a top-down, 360° view of all work. Some key considerations:

  • Even if your department has gone 100% Agile, you’ll still find work being delivered across the enterprise in a variety of execution styles.
  • Today, more than ever, you cannot enforce working styles on teams. They are able to buy their own tools and have the freedom to execute as they see fit.
  • A one-size-fits-all PPM approach didn’t work when it was attempted 10-15 years ago, so why would 100% Agile stand a better chance of working now?
  • Agile execution may be a part of the solution, but you must recognize that other approaches also exist in your organization.
  • The key challenge is to harmonize across the enterprise to orchestrate all work, while providing the flexibility for each team to execute the way they want.

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