Project Management

Bimodal Best Practices

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Bimodal IT project portfolios, which balance efficiency and accuracy with agility and speed, require outcome-centered approaches. Gartner has identified three best practices to enable PMOs to better manage any type of IT project or program within the portfolio.

Organizations struggling with bimodal IT projects should adopt a more outcome-centered approach to project management, according to industry analysts Gartner. This will help them manage the different requirements of "slow" (Mode 1) and "fast" (Mode 2) IT most effectively.

"Enterprise PMO and application management leaders are struggling to adapt governance processes to handle new, agile Mode 2 efforts that don't conform to traditional project management structures," said Donna Fitzgerald, research vice president at Gartner. "A focus on business outcome and value will bridge the gap between Mode 1 and Mode 2 projects."

Gartner has identified three best practices to enable PMOs to better manage any type of IT project or program within the portfolio:

1. Use a Simple Approach to Determine Which Mode Makes Sense

Determining what Mode to use on a project often has more to do with company culture than anything else.

"While Mode 2 can theoretically be applied to any new project, Gartner recommends a simple construct: consider Mode 1 for systems of record …


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