Preparing for Strategic Agile

by Andy Jordan

There’s a lot of talk about strategic or enterprise scale agile, but what do organizations have to do to prepare for such a change? The right approach will depend on the needs of the organization and its willingness to absorb change.

Portfolios, Programs & Projects: Oh My!

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

We need to be clear about what we are talking about in the context of alignment. And we need to be clear about what alignment actually gives us in the context of portfolio management. In other words, just what is the problem we are trying to solve here?

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.

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.

The O.I.L. Project Portfolio Pipeline

by Rob Saxon

Though it seems straightforward to simply invest dollars in the status quo, a good portfolio must consist of a balance of investments. To achieve this goal, we as project portfolio managers can look to a few simple guidelines inspired by the oil industry: oversubscription, prioritizing investment and providing ample lead time. Read on to understand more about the O.I.L. pipeline…

A Tale of Two Perspectives

by Craig Curran-Morton

Why do enlightened companies work to develop better project portfolio management systems--but also implement approaches that dramatically limit their ability to actually select the right projects at the right time? In this two-part series, we will look at the project selection process from two different perspectives in order to identify some of the challenges they experience individually and collectively.

The PMO Integration Problem (Part 2)

by Andy Jordan

While working for a small firm, a new PM was asked to go to a major company to help them integrate their IT PMOs...leading to the worst three months of his career. As his two-part article concludes, we find out if if there was truly a light at the end of the tunnel--or just a train coming the other way.

Conducting an OPM Inventory

by Andy Jordan

More and more, companies are looking at project management from an organization-wide perspective, but they are making assumptions about the current state of project execution within those organizations. How hard can it be to identify the projects underway and the teams managing them? It shouldn't be too difficult to inventory the project portfolio...right?

OPM: Turn It Up to 11

by Andy Jordan

Organizations are expected to deliver more and more with less and less, and that has in part led to the growth of organizational project management. But in this writer's experience, organizations have not been able to define what a successful OPM model looks like. How do you maximize the return on Organizational PM?

The PMO Car Wash

by Tom L. Barnett, PMP

An IT project can’t do it on its own; it takes customer involvement to keep things moving. So what can your PMO learn from a visit to the car wash?

The PPM Cascade

by Joe Wynne

This executive communication strategy will go a long way to prevent middle management inertia when implementing project portfolio management. Here we look at the cascade that breaks down the management wall to PPM.

PPM: Where Project Meets Strategy

by Andy Jordan

The portfolio manager is the strategic spearhead of your project organization, and there is a lot of mystery about an organization’s strategic planning process. The PPM function of your organization needs to be in the center of this process, and in this article we explore some of the functions that it needs to perform.

PPM: Project Propaganda Management?

by Mark Mullaly, Ph.D., PMP

In the history of organizations trying to implement and get some value from project management, there has been a string of buzzwords that have captured the hearts, minds and budget approvals of senior executives. Why doesn't the hype of portfolio management seem to measure up in real life?

Nightmare on Portfolio Street

by Tom L. Barnett, PMP

"One, two...the portfolio's coming for you! Three, four, better lock your door!" For a company to be successful, it needs to have a high-performance project portfolio. If it misses the mark, everyone is relegated to the B-movie horror of High Spending and Low (or No) Return for their Money.


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