Budgeting and Agile Portfolio Management

One way to define 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 something pretty fundamental: a means to allocate resources and manage portfolios. In this Collaboration at Scale webinar, we tackled budgeting and portfolio management. Although typically outside of the scope of a single Scrum team, budgeting and portfolio management are directly relevant to Teams who need to collaborate at scale.

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Laura is passionate about technology and about helping customers find powerful solutions to pressing problems. She 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. Her team managed all aspects of technology for small and mid-sized businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to Uptime Resources, Laura 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 then the 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. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and two children and challenges herself a few times a year by participating in a ToughMudder Adventure Race.

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.

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