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5 Predictions for the Project & Portfolio Management Industry

by Kevin Kern

As we turn the corner on 2014, it’s time to start thinking about what next year will bring. The project and portfolio management industry has gone through many evolutionary phases, and here are a handful of predictions for what 2015 will offer.

Data Management and the Portfolio Execution PMO

by Andy Jordan

Portfolio management is an area that more and more PMOs are looking to become engaged in. As organizations look to improve project execution and alignment, what role does the PMO play in managing project data?

What’s Better than Being Proactive? Being Predictive.

by Kevin Kern

While a premium used to be placed on proactive project forecasting, budgeting and resourcing, there’s now an even more highly prized measure of successful project management--being predictive. Read how making the shift from reactive to predictive can help your cause.

PPM: Balancing the Portfolio

by Ian Whittingham, PMP

How does a company get the best return from the money it spends on projects? It’s a question that very many executives would like to know the answer to. Helping to find an answer to that question is one of the more important goals of Project Portfolio Management.

Ensuring PMO Success

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

Despite their high failure rate, PMOs have the potential to deliver numerous benefits to the enterprise. Unfortunately, many PMOs fail. So what can executive leadership do to ensure success?

The Case for the Chief Project Officer

by Andy Jordan

Projects are becoming more strategic, why isn’t project leadership? The argument for the CPO is becoming stronger and stronger, so let's consider the case for an executive responsible for project execution.

Presenting Portfolio Status

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Presenting the status on an entire portfolio can be very different than the status on one project or program. The portfolio manager must learn to condense and tailor the message for the audience.

Where Does Portfolio Management Start?

by Andy Jordan

Like the source of the Nile, the start of portfolio management can be hard to locate. There is not yet a generally accepted initiation point for portfolio management, so let’s try and figure out where PPM might start in a perfect world.

Strategic Portfolio Management

by Patti Gilchrist, PMP

When used effectively, PPM can increase the perception of IT’s value to the organization. So what can PMOs do to ensure that PPM processes are increasing IT’s value to the business?

WBS Tasks for a PPM Problem

by Joe Wynne

If you are trying to set up project portfolio management, you will run smack into a unique workforce problem. Use these tasks in your WBS to help manage three sensitive groups that participate in projects to establish PPM.

Portfolio Management from the PM's Perspective

by Andy Jordan

Many organizations fail to recognize that they are driving significant change to a PM’s job--and even fewer do anything to try and make the transition a constructive one. Here, we look at portfolio management in terms of the impact on PMs--and offer some guidance on how to help ensure that those PMs are champions of the evolution rather than resistors.

Portfolio Processes for Project Managers

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Managing a portfolio can involve processes that are very different than project management processes. Project managers need to be prepared--understanding these three areas will lead to a better performing organization.

Breaking Down the Portfolio

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

A project portfolio can contain almost anything. How you break down the portfolio can have a great impact on the business and the projects on hand. How can a PM break down the portfolio into manageable chunks of work?

Portfolio Management: Simple is Often Better

by Michael Wood

Many organizations have benefited from a formal PPM process while others have been unable to develop productive PPM capabilities. The only real thing that matters is what approach to PPM will work best for your organization; the rest is just noise and distraction. Here is some guidance that you might find helpful in developing and/or honing your organization’s PPM function.

BI and the Portfolio: Improving Annual Planning

by Andy Jordan

There is no silver bullet that will allow us to remove all uncertainty, but we can apply some business intelligence practices to the concept of annual planning to at least increase our confidence levels and reduce the risks around the decisions that we make.

Business Intelligence as PM Decision Support

by Andy Jordan

Project portfolio management tools are becoming more widespread and more powerful, but are we fully leveraging them as well as we might? There could be some exciting things possible if we combine a PPM database with a BI tool.

Is Your PMO an Integral Part of Organizational Leadership?

by Andy Jordan

We now look to PMOs to take more of an active role within the entire lifecycle. For that expanded role to be successful, the PMO needs to be more than simply the guide and controller for project execution; it needs to be accepted into a leadership role within the organization--partners with business units and accepted experts on portfolio execution.

Data Gathering in Portfolio Management

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

Making good business decisions while managing a portfolio often comes down to gathering the proper data and creating useful business intelligence. Here's some advice on four critical stages of the process.

Get Ahead of the Game: Four Tips for Resource Management

by Kevin Kern

Whether you’re starting from square one or fine-tuning a well-oiled process, consider these four tips for taking a more proactive approach to resource management--and create a more effective, efficient and responsive organization along the way.

The Wrong Way to Determine Priorities

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

When projects are gathered together in a portfolio, decisions must be made about which ones have priority over the others. There are lessons to be learned in examining the wrong ways of determining a project’s priority.

Should Technology and Process Coexist?

by Andy Jordan

With the ever increasing use of technology, how are processes impacted? Our writer feels that technology should be an overlay to the process work--we should start with a solid process and then look for ways that technology could make life easier in the execution of the process. But a colleague doesn't agree...

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