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How to Achieve Agile Portfolio Management with the Help of Tempo Budgets for JIRA

Tempo Budgets for JIRA is built with agile teams in mind. It is easily customizable and flexible, just as working in the agile environment should be.

Cost control, on the other hand, is often seen as an unpleasant necessity of business and rarely regarded as something that can be open and flexible, therefore making it seem “non Agile”. 

[tweetme]How do you achieve Agile Portfolio Management? There is no one way, but here’s how we can help.[/tweetme]

As we’re always preaching, Tempo Products are flexible, and they really are, trust me. Tempo Budgets, for example, can be used to track financials in many ways.

[callout class="tip"] Tempo Folio was rebranded to Tempo Budgets at the end of September. It is the same product with the same functionalities, just with a new name that better describes the product. Read all about the new features and re-branding here. [/callout]

Beyond budgeting

Although there are many best practices, there is no one size fits all for budgeting and with the movement towards adopting beyond budgeting techniques, it’s becoming more and more clear that different practices work better for different kinds of workplaces, whether it be because of industry, size, geographical location, or many other factors.

A move towards transparency 

For the primary personas of Tempo Budgets, it's important to be transparent with both their teams and their managers to ensure that budgets can be tweaked as needed, adequate resources are provided, and overall employee satisfaction is heightened.

In order to do this, we need to start at the bottom and explore the main pain points of our primary personas:

Product Managers

[callout class="user"] For product managers or directors in charge of the development and budget of a product, efficiency and accurate data are on the list of top priorities. It’s important to deliver on time and within budget.[/callout]

Portfolio Managers

[callout class="user"] Portfolio managers or CEO/CFOs need a high level overview of the status of the product development and projects within the company without spending too much time finding that information. They want to know, at a glance, how things are going and if certain teams are over or under spending.[/callout]

Agile Portfolio Management

So how do we make these jobs as agile as possible without throwing budgets and cost control out the window?

Here are some of the main goals of the agile project portfolio management roles:

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If you’re working in agile, implementing beyond budgeting principles, and the goals above align somewhat with your own, I suggest setting up your Tempo Budgets instance along the following lines.

Possible way to set up Tempo Budgets to achieve goals

  • Product managers (or any team lead in charge of their budget) are the owners of their own folios, which is the name we use for financial projects.
  • The product manager creates a folio for each release or quarter.

[callout class="tip"] For development teams working with SAFe release trains, it might make sense to make a folio for each release and use story points to establish the estimated work effort. For non-development teams, it might be better to track budgets on a quarterly basis.[/callout]

  • This user would then organize all of those folios in a portfolio for their product/ team for the entire year to get an overview of health and progress over time.
  • Portfolio managers or CFO/CEOs can easily access these portfolios on a high level and even organize them into higher-level portfolios for the entire company to get a bird’s eye view of the health of all initiatives in real-time.

Since the tool is flexible, the set up can be adjusted at any time if things aren't working.

Tempo Budgets | portfolio-overview (Portfolio Overview in Tempo Budgets)

When using a product that provides real time data about the financial health of projects, you can identify problems early on and react in a timely manner. Portfolio Managers can see what cost streams are spending and tweak allocated resources at any time to make the financial side of operations more flexible.

Working towards an agile financial project portfolio management strategy is just as much about improving work life as it is making cost control more flexible and efficient.

The possibilities are endless

This is just one way two of the primary roles in your company can move towards a more agile portfolio management strategy with the help of Tempo Budgets.

Since agile is all about being flexible and re-visiting things regularly to continuously improve, I suggest trying out this set up and seeing how it works. If you can find a better way, revisit it and tweak it as needed. After all, that’s the agile way. 

As always, happy budgeting.

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