Agile Kerala 2013


Title: What Works and What Not! A Portfolio Lead Retrospects


Yashasree BarveTwitter Id
Senior Consultant
Tata Consultancy Services


Enterprises are complex, and so are the development groups within those. Being agile definitely enables the software development groups to deliver high value and high quality software with speed for even within an Enterprise.

However legacy applications along with the overall Enterprise landscape pose its own challenges that are outside of the scrum framework to solve. Multiple Small scrum teams though working on separate applications need to be cohesive with a big picture. As a portfolio lead, who owns multiple applications and teams related to a portfolio within an Enterprise is a Chicken in scrum terminology. The expectation from the role is that of leader, scrum master as well as an Architect providing technical and functional oversight to the teams within the portfolio. The idea is to be a leader and not a manager in the true spirit of scrum.

This session is about a retrospective of my work life as a Portfolio Lead who takes care of multiple scrum teams, and applications. I would like to speak about the top 3 challenges faced such as Scaling Production Support / Knowledge Retention for applications delivered through Scrum, Impact of Organizational Transformation initiatives on the scrum teams, and Multiple Stakeholder Expectations / Conflict Management through real life examples of my work. I would retrospect what I did, and discuss and debate what worked well, and what did not during this journey of mine.


Portfolio Management, Enterprise


30 mins

Session Type:




Culture, People and Teams
Enterprise Agile
Leadership and Org Transformation
Agile Adoption


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