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Alignment and allocation … prioritization and politics … visibility and value … strategy and synergy.


Best practices, lessons learned and advice from your peers in the trenches.

Using PPM to Curb Complexity

- by Jerry Manas

Some problems can’t be solved on the back of a napkin. Managing resource capacity and demand in a complex enterprise environment is a good example. A project portfolio management system can help in four critical, connected areas: visibility, prioritization, optimization and integration.

Portfolio Change Control

- by Andy Jordan

Change at the portfolio level involves complex decisions and greater risk. It is challenging enough without the burden of unnecessary churn that disrupts legitimate change. Here’s a look at what drives portfolio change, and ways to minimize churn, from the planning cycle to ongoing communication and visibility.

Thought-leaders and practitioners give voice to the latest trends, techniques and tools.

Outcome Over Process

- by Dave Prior

Many organizations struggle with experimentation and focus too much on processes over outcomes, says David Bland who works with companies that want to act more like lean startups. He helps them "build things that matter" through customer development practices that unpack the value proposition for users, buyers and deciders. [14:45]

A Culture of Joy

- by Dave Prior

Richard Sheridan talks about building a work culture that is deeply focused on “the business value of joy” at Menlo Innovations, a custom software design firm where he is CEO and chief storyteller. He says it is simple — but not easy. Here, he shares some insights and lessons learned along the way. [19:40]

There's no one right way to get the job done — it's about context and striking a balance that suits the situation. Let's compare and contrast different approaches.

Who Oversees Business Benefits?

- by Tom Mochal

Who is responsible for tracking and capturing the business benefits of projects within a portfolio? Is it the portfolio management office, which can take a long-term view, or the project sponsors who create the business case in the first place? Here’s a comparison of these two models.

Portfolio Manager Roles

- by Tom Mochal

A portfolio manager’s role can vary depending on the organization. Should portfolio managers be responsible for the success of individual projects — a point person for problems and resolutions? Or should they focus on hiring good people and installing good process, leaving execution and benefit realization to the project managers and sponsors?

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for LeadingAgile where …

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

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Sr. Technical Program Manager, Amazon.com
Bart has been an ecommerce program manager for 15 years, and can’t…

Mark Mullaly

President, Interthink Consulting Incorporated
Mark is a project management iconoclast -- love him or hate him, he stil…

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Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
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