Portfolio and Program Consulting

The goal of our consulting is Business Agility. 

Making a shift toward Business Agility enables the whole organization to become adaptable and responsive to change.  Whether or not business units use Agile methods themselves, the Agile organization is one where all components align around value streams to allow for rapid experimentation, continuous learning, and low risk, iterative creation.

A full Agile transformation depends not only on buy-in from teams, but also from executives and middle management. To achieve value, we need to align the entire organization, and effective Agile adoption requires a multi-tier approach. LitheSpeed has worked with numerous large organizations to develop an Agile VMO approach to enterprise transformation that encompasses organizational change, funnel design, work intake and prioritization, project decomposition, portfolio visualization, and portfolio flow metrics.

LitheSpeed’s Portfolio and Program consulting typically includes:

  • Executive coaching
  • Organizational transformation and change management strategy
  • Policy and governance guidance
  • Organizational structural recommendations
  • Agile roles & responsibilities & issues related to HR
  • Agile-appropriate methods of funding, budgeting, and finance
  • Agile program leadership and scaling guidance
  • Program portfolio management improvement
  • Release planning facilitation at the program level
  • Program level estimation, planning, and tracking
  • Work intake, prioritization, and sequencing methods
  • Multi-team planning and integration
  • Program metrics design and implementation

We help with

  • Build & accelerate revenue
  • Capture new marketplaces
  • Grow more customers and income
  • Improve responsiveness and nimbleness
  • Deliver large, complex programs using agile methods
  • Staffing models that better support organizational agility
  • Modern HR Systems
  • More frequent release capability
  • Lower risk releases
  • Repeatable deployment processes
  • Higher levels of trust 
  • More frequent and thorough testing

Shift Left: Agile Business Units

Shift from occasional large projects to continuous delivery of value in small units.

Speed planning and adaptation with a tight feedback loop between business stakeholders and delivery teams.

Pivot on demand with faster, more flexible financial planning and budgeting processes.

Shift up: Leadership & Scaling

Enhance flow by expanding agile teams to include upstream business stakeholders and downstream operations.

Speed decisions by empowering teams as small entrepreneurial units that own the full product lifecycle.

Improve adaptation by equipping teams with more direct access to stakeholders and users.

Shift Right: DevOps

Focus first on known bottlenecks in the delivery pipeline.

Get meaningful operational data around usage patterns, revenue and defects through the latest deployments.

Use the data to learn and improve both what you build and how you build it.

Our development team was in a state of disarray, we needed education, process, and solutions to the chaos. We were hoping Lithespeed could give us a base level of Scrum knowledge for the entire team as well as the executive team so we could be aligned in our efforts. We absolutely feel like the Lithespeed engagement gave us what we were asking for and more, they gave our team a sense of excitement for the process and what it could bring to the team.

Sharlene Cooper, Product Owners Manager, DISA