PPM 101 - Do You Have a Portfolio Roadmap to Communicate Value?

Project portfolio management (PPM) is about maximizing business value delivery and the portfolio roadmap helps senior leaders track the delivery of that value. Senior leadership is uniquely responsible for ensuring that projects and programs within the portfolio deliver the expected benefits at…


PPM 101 - Good Project Portfolio Governance Delivers Superior Results

Strong project portfolio governance is the number one success factor for making portfolio management successful. Unfortunately, most companies struggle with governance. In fact, when you hear the word ‘governance’, what comes to mind? Do you think of bureaucracy, lots of meetings with few or no…


Resource Capacity Planning

PPM 101: The Challenges of Resource Capacity Planning

Resource capacity planning is a critical function of portfolio management. Organizations commonly want to understand resource availability because every company has a limited number of people. On paper, capacity planning sounds simple – compare resource estimates against available time to work. In…


PPM 101: Why You Need to Develop A Phase-Gate Process

Phase-Gate Overview The Phase-Gate process (also known as Stage-Gate™) is a governance structure to evaluate, authorize, and monitor projects as they pass through the project lifecycle and is a critical component of project selection and portfolio oversight. In the previous post we discussed the…


Work Intake - The Front Door For the Organization

PPM 101: How To Create A Successful Work Intake Process

Work Intake - The Front Door Does your organization have a “single entry” for new project requests? Or rather, does your organization have a front door, a side door, a back door, and many other ways to receive requests? Having multiple ways to submit requests is a common problem for many companies…


Project Prioritization

PPM 101: Tips For Projects Prioritization

Portfolio Management is About Maximizing Value Portfolio management is about delivering the maximum value possible through programs and projects. In order to maximize value delivery, governance teams that approve work need to share a common view of “value” in order to select the most valuable work…


Why is Strategy Delivery So Hard?

Why Is Strategy Delivery So Hard?

The Challenge Recent studies¹ indicate that strategy implementation fails a stunning 50 to 90 percent of the time. For executives who are pressed to deliver value for their organizations and shareholders, those odds are unacceptable. Why is strategy delivery so difficult? What makes the odds of…


Overview of Project Portfolio Management

PPM 101: What Is Project Portfolio Management?

What is Project Portfolio Management? Project portfolio management (hereafter referred to as “PPM”) is a critical component for executives and senior managers to execute strategy. According to Mark Morgan, “there is simply no path to executing strategy other than the one that runs through project…


The Current State of PPM Software Is Worse Than You Think

PPM Software Challenges The vast majority of project portfolio management (PPM) software utilizes a traditional licensing model and is expensive relative to the value customers get from the software. There has been little innovation in the licensing model for PPM software since 2008 (when…