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CIO Decisions Ezine: Vol. 8 - The Portfolio Approach

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5 pillars of PPM in your enterprise

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is giving IT managers a strategic way to prioritize, execute, and plan projects by ensuring that they align with overall organizational strategy. Without this alignment, even flawlessly managed projects are a waste of the organization’s resources and miss the opportunity to create real enterprise value.

This white paper discusses the five critical pillars of project portfolio management and how you can adequately implement all of them into your ecosystem.  Access now and you’ll find ways to think strategically about how your enterprise can manage projects going forward.

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    Boulder County, Colorado employs a staff of 50 IT professionals, many of whom are tasked with managing an annual portfolio of 30-40 projects. Until recently, the workers’ jobs were complicated by disconnected spreadsheets.

    This case study examines the Boulder County IT department’s adoption of cloud-based PPM and how it enabled them to improve prioritization, increase visibility, and consolidate information in a central repository to achieve better decision-making.

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    In spirit, both traditional and agile project delivery embody similar principles and practices that aim to deliver measurable results. Traditional project delivery can be described as a “waterfall” approach, which presumes that the requirements, expectations, duration, activities and outcomes of projects can be predicted accurately and planned in a sequence before any actual development activity takes place. As a result, in actual practice, the following factors generally are significant limitations of traditional project delivery:Clients typically have difficulty in articulating all project requirements at the front end.The ultimate goal is to produce a comprehensive requirements document for sign-off by the users/customers before development can occur.According to Sanjiv Augustine, agile project delivery “is a way of managing projects to deliver customer value via adaptive planning, rapid feedback, continuous improvement and intense human interaction and collaboration” (16). Delivering “customer value” is a key aspect of agile project delivery. Agile project management is conducted through the collaboration of a small, co-located team that usually consists of the customer/end user, a project manager, a business analyst (or the role of business analysis) and specialist(s). Specialists could include system developers, subject matter experts, IT architect and/or the sole person with specific knowledge or expertise who understands how all the project pieces fit togethe

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