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

The PPM Promise

- by Andy Jordan

Why isn’t project portfolio management delivering on its promise in so many organizations, and what can be done about it? It starts with building a strong foundation of processes for idea generation, business case development, project review and selection. Here are guidelines for making it happen.

Bimodal Best Practices

- by ProjectsatWork.com

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.

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.

Portfolios: Company vs. Department Level

- by Tom Mochal

In establishing portfolio management processes, your organization must first answer a fundamental question about the scope of the portfolio. Do you want to manage your work at the enterprise level or a departmental level?

Managing Projects-Only vs. Whole Portfolio

- by Tom Mochal

Portfolio management processes help ensure that organizations allocate scarce resources to the work that produces the most value. But what constitutes “work”? Projects are the most important work for many organizations, but they may represent only a fraction of the money and resources that are allocated. Should you include other work in your portfolio management process, or focus only on projects?

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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…

Bart Gerardi

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

Cornelius Fichtner

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 25,000…

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I’m a freelance journalist and digital content strategist with 15+…

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Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
Aaron has been the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its evol…

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