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Brook Appelbaum

Director, Product Marketing

Brook Appelbaum is the Director of Product Marketing for Planview’s Lean and Agile Delivery Solution. With nearly 20 years of marketing experience, Brook has led many different product and digital marketing teams. However, her favorite leadership role is that of a Product Owner. As part of an Agile marketing team inside Planview, Brook drives the campaign and product marketing strategy for the Lean and Agile Delivery Solution. And she thinks LeanKit is the coolest.

Enterprise Agile Planning

Agile Transformation: Cprime and Planview Partner to help Customers Increase Agile Success

Many organizations are racing to become Agile. Research indicates that Agile transformation can have a powerful impact a company’s bottom line. The benefits are clear – companies are experiencing better collaboration, heightened productivity, and improved decision making. However, Agile transformation does not happen overnight. It takes planning, coordination, collaboration, training, and know how – at...

Enterprise Agile Planning

The Heartbeat of Scaling Agile: Planview Agile Program Management Bundles

It’s no secret, Planview has been in the project portfolio management game for nearly 30 years. We know project portfolio management – the different flavors and maturity models of how portfolios evolve over time. What you might be surprised to discover is our knowledge and expertise in scaling Agile. I’d like to take a little...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Lean Budgeting, Part 2: The Lean-Agile Approach to Funding and Delivery

This is the second post in a two-part series. Read part one here. Traditional, project-based budgeting practices are often misaligned and counter-intuitive to Lean-Agile delivery. Lean budgeting offers a way for organizations to maintain financial and appropriate governance while also minimizing the overhead of traditional project-based funding and cost accounting. Rather than burdening the PMO...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Lean Budgeting, Part 1: The Limitations of Traditional, Project-Based Budgets

Funding practices – the way businesses allocate budgets internally – are pretty important: They largely determine which projects get prioritized, how teams are structured, and how ROI is measured. If your organization is trying to implement agility at scale, you’ll quickly discover that there are limitations to traditional, project-based budgets and their associated funding practices...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Why Enterprises Are Failing: A Look Inside Trends Affecting the S&P 500

By 2027, according to research by Innosight, the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company is expected to be just 12 years, exactly half of what it was only a few years ago (24 years in 2016). This shrinking lifespan is caused by a number of factors—record private equity activity, a robust M&A market, and...

Enterprise Agile Planning

18 Practices for Organizational Agility

Researchers at McKinsey&Company have found that in order to achieve organizational agility (in order to be agile)—which the firm defines as “…the ability to quickly reconfigure strategy, structure, processes, people, and technology toward value-creating and value-protecting opportunities”—organizations need to have an appropriate balance of dynamism and stability. Dynamic practices are those we often think of...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Why Lean-Agile Culture Shifts Fail

It’s difficult to ignore the significant changes that are happening in and to the world’s largest companies. According to a recent report by Innosight, at the current churn rate, about half of today’s S&P 500 firms will be replaced over the next 10 years. Meaning, we are sitting squarely in a period of heightened volatility...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Potential Pitfalls in Your Lean-Agile Culture Shift: Tips for Leaders

The role of leadership in a Lean-Agile transformation certainly isn’t easy. While most enterprise leaders are likely familiar with the basic concepts of Lean and Agile, practicing them is another thing entirely. Leaders are often tasked with learning Lean-Agile practices while actively demonstrating them for everyone in the organization. The pressure is on for leadership...

Lean Portfolio Management

Lean Portfolio Management: Lean-Agile Governance

This blog is part of a series on Lean Portfolio Management (LPM). If you haven’t already, we recommend reading parts one through three first, which you can find here: Part 1: What is Lean Portfolio Management? Part 2: Lean Portfolio Management: Lean Budgets and Investment Funding Part 3: Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach...

Enterprise Agile Planning, Lean Portfolio Management

6 Recommended Practices for Lean Portfolio Management

In our last post, we shared the differences between traditional portfolio management and the Lean Portfolio Management approach and why they matter for organizations looking to embrace agility at the enterprise level. At some point, efforts to increase agility will be stunted by traditional portfolio management practices, and it’s not enough to simply improve workflow management...