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We are a PMO that has functions of portfolios in an IT area for digital transformation of the company, and we have to group the projects into programs and portfolios.



Can you please advise me on how to group software or technology development projects into portfolios according to their technology?
We are a PMO that has functions of portfolios in an IT area for digital transformation of the company, and we have to group the projects into programs and portfolios.
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Francisco -

There is no single objective definition for programs which applies across all companies. One company's program might just be managed as a large project by another.

If there is an overriding theme or outcome for an initiative, it will span a long duration and have a sufficiently high cost and benefit estimate to justify the overhead, then structuring it as a program might be advisable. Large scale upgrades, data center moves, significant legacy application replacements or major initiatives tied to a specific legislation or regulation could all be candidates.

Portfolios are structured to help governance committees and other decision makers make well informed investment decisions. One way in which this could be done for technology might be to separate truly mandatory projects from discretionary ones. You could also define portfolios by technology stack.

As always, it depends!

Kiron



Thanks a lot for your answer Kiron, Could you please give me examples of technology stacks? Or a good source where I can check this stacks?

Best Regards, Francisco
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Jan 24, 2018 3:42 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Sure Francisco -

You could organize portfolios by technology provider (e.g. Microsoft vs. Java) or by location (e.g. on premise vs cloud/hosted) if that aligns with the decision making authority and functional structure of the organization. However, I'd prefer to go with a model which is not technology-centric to ensure that you don't have optimization of the part but sub-optimization of the whole.

Kiron



Jan 24, 2018 3:19 PM
Replying to Francisco Herrera
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Thanks a lot for your answer Kiron, Could you please give me examples of technology stacks? Or a good source where I can check this stacks?

Best Regards, Francisco
Sure Francisco -

You could organize portfolios by technology provider (e.g. Microsoft vs. Java) or by location (e.g. on premise vs cloud/hosted) if that aligns with the decision making authority and functional structure of the organization. However, I'd prefer to go with a model which is not technology-centric to ensure that you don't have optimization of the part but sub-optimization of the whole.

Kiron



Sounds good! thanks for your answer! FHQ.

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