Defining an "enterprise agility" is to focus on producing great outcomes at higher velocity by emphasizing rapid experimentation, maximizing flow of value for end users, and continuous improvement. But this requires a means to allocate resources and manage portfolios.
Audrey McLaughlin: Audrey McLaughlin is a business operation manager for Cisco's Corporate Social Responsibility organization. Audrey is responsible for the processes that deliver long range strategic planning, annual budget planning and quarterly operational reviews. Her focus is on using innovative tools and approaches to drive on-going strategic discussions at all levels of the organization that maintain strong alignment between strategy and execution.
Laura Richardson: Laura Richardson brings 20 years of sales and management experience to Conteneo Inc., including seven years at Uptime Resources where she ran the IT professional services division. She was the business development director at E-Color where she and her team launched an image and color optimization engine to improve the reliability of online images used by large e-commerce sites from companies like Bloomingdales and J Crew. The seeds for her love of technology were planted during the four years she spent with ObjectSpace. As Sales Director for both the East and West Coast, she helped large Fortune accounts successfully adopt object-oriented technology and iterative development practices which was very rewarding. Laura holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has also worked on an MA in Psychology.
Answer: In general, the parties that need to be aligned are the parties are most clearly associated with the key budget decisions. In the case of Cisco’s case study for this webinar, the senior leaders of Cisco’s corporate affairs needed to align on their key goals. You will want to increase the number of participants to expand the scope and degree of alignment.
Answer: Portfolios that have been prioritized using the collaborative frameworks we advocate result in stakeholders sharing the same expectations and priorities and agreeing on the allocation of resources.
Answer: Managing throughout the year concerns the timing for reprioritizing the portfolio. The Zero-Based Budgeting process presented in this webinar can be run on a quarterly basis to provide the organization with a useful process to reprioritizing the portfolio.