Top 4 Challenges Facing CIO’s and IT Leaders in 2019

The arrival of game-changing technologies like mobile apps, social media, cloud computing has brought forth a new standard in the operational & decision-making process for many businesses. The CIO’s and IT Leaders role continues to undergo a transformation that is driving business leaders closer to customer demands and

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A Guide to Building a Project Prioritization Scoring Model

Portfolio management is about maximizing organizational value delivery through programs and projects. In order to maximize value delivery, the governance teams that approve work and prioritize projects need to share a common view of “value” in order to use a scoring model to select the most valuable work and assign the right resources to that…

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Know the Difference Between Work Intake Versus Stage-Gate

What is the difference between a work intake process and a Stage-Gate process? This is important to distinguish, especially for newer PMO’s that are setting up portfolio management processes.The work in-take process refers to the steps of developing a project proposal and bringing it to the governance board (or PMO) for a

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Prioritization Matrix

In a recent LinkedIn discussion, questions were asked about the short-comings of prioritization matrices. I would like to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of using such a tool for portfolio management. Firstly, a prioritization matrix differs from a more traditional scoring approach in that it offers a limited number of priority selections. The most simplistic…

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Pipeline Management-Stage Gates Part 2

Stage gates are a governance structure to evaluate, authorize, and monitor projects as they pass through the project lifecycle. In the last post, we looked at the first four reasons for establishing a stage gate process in the organization. In this post, we conclude with the last four reasons for establishing a decision gate process.

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Pipeline Management-Stage Gates Part 1

Stage-Gates™ are a critical component of project selection. A winning portfolio must contain winning projects, therefore the project governance board must be able to discriminate between good projects and great projects.The decision gate process enables the project governance board to review these projects based on

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Be Careful Managing Project Dependencies

Managing project dependencies are an important part of portfolio planning as well as tactically managing project execution. Unknown dependencies represent a major portfolio risk and in complex environments, inadequate identification of project dependencies can derail projects or programs. Dependencies can be any

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Project Portfolio Management – The Role of the PMO

The first role of the PMO is to act as a filtration mechanism for all the incoming project proposals. It is very important to point out that project management office should not have a mandate to overturn or reject project requests. Its role is to accept the business cases, review them and whenever possible to point…

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The Value of Time Tracking

What is the real value in tracking time for project and non-project work? The fact is collecting accurate time measurements across an entire organization can be time consuming and potentially expensive. Collecting time for the sake of collecting time is a huge waste of good organizational energy. I have compiled a list of six reasons

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