Best of PPM: September 2022

Good morning and welcome to the September edition of Streamline, the new (and improved!) PlaniswareHub Monthly Brief!

What caught our attention this month

How can a portfolio team start to manage the project portfolio when the organization has 600 projects? Johanna Rothman walks us through her method to quickly spot the most important projects, finish those and give yourself the space to manage the portfolio in non-emergency mode. (9 min read)

Is it possible to lead digital transformation from the middle of a bureaucracy? Steve Denning explains why the "middle" plays an unexpected crucial role in digital change and shares the 7 steps of the mid-level change agenda. (7 min read)

The CIA's checklist for dissecting and solving critical problems can be applied to more than just problem solving. Teresa Spangler shares a variation on the Phoenix Checklist as it is used in her organization to help design new business models, new revenue models, innovating a new product... (8 min read)

Every project needs a sponsor. But building an effective relationship requires a bit of skill. Elizabeth Harrin looks at why that is and how you can work with a project sponsor as a project manager. (20 min read)

To resolve conflict, you need to deconstruct the narrative. Next time you need to give or receive feedback, resolve conflict, or are at an impasse with another person, use Donna Lichaw's Facts, Feelings, Fiction, Understand, Co-create, Key goals Framework. (2 min read)

Scrum teams go through three phases before becoming value-driven. David Pereira draws on his experience working with dozens of Scrum teams to explain how to understand what it takes to move from a watterscrumfall to a value-driven team. (7 min read)

Retrospective meetings should be structured in a way that will support the team navigating communications. Yamini Hundare offers a foolproof formula for easy retrospectives that aims to do just that. (5 min read)

A strong culture is like a shield. It insulates a company from economic turbulence. Gapingvoid highlights the 8 pillars of a strong, transformational culture, and why they help weather storms when transactional cultures get swept up. (3 min read)

In uncertain times, the best strategy is adaptability. Unless you have a perfect, complete picture of existing conditions, forecasting the future with any precision is impossible. To cope with unexpected changes at strategy level, you will need to instill an adaptive mindset among managers, build in flexibility into operations, and create dynamic plans. (5 min read)

Use Richard Fenyman's "tricks" to sort out the information that matters from the irrelevant. Taking the method of thought he learned in pure science, he used them to dive deeper into topics and ideas, and not get waylaid by inaccuracies or misunderstandings. (12 min read)


Efficiency is getting stuff done. Effectiveness is getting the right stuff done. Technology aids us with the first. Your brain still has to facilitate the second.

- Nicholas Bate