Category Archives: Portfolio Management

Clear Goals and Fuzzy Roles

Fresh out of college, shortly after starting a new job, I remember my old boss sitting me down and giving me some advice.  “To succeed in this job,” he said, “You’ll need a high tolerance for ambiguity.”  That’s a theme … Continue reading

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Operating Models and Portfolio Segmentation

Catching up on some of the comments that have been left on a couple of blog posts recently: Prasanna Advi wrote: “I think the key is ‘how’ do you decide what those top 10 (projects in the organization) are, and … Continue reading

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PMO Symposium 2013 Content Available For Download

Lest you missed it, the slide decks from the PMO Symposium held a couple of weeks ago in San Diego are available for download here: http://copevents.pmi.org/pmo-symposium-2013/program/download-presentations Well worth a perusal….

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PMO Symposium 2013 Wrap Up: It’s a Translation Thing

Well, another PMO Symposium has come and gone, this one being the third one that I have attended (the fact that I missed last year’s notwithstanding).  As usual, there were a series of great conversations….the kind of conversations that happen … Continue reading

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Programs as Benefit Measurement Frameworks

There’s this myth pervading the portfolio management space that there’s a single benefit measurement model to rule them all.  Whether it be NPV, ROI, IRR, user satisfaction surveys or any other measure of tangible benefits, the reality is that any … Continue reading

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Strategy Through the Lens of Language

Like many languages, Chinese does not differentiate between the concepts of problem and question.  Those two concepts, which are arguably distinct in English, share the same noun in Mandarin.  To me, this highlights the fundamental semantic similarities between the two … Continue reading

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The Tragicomedic Organization

It’s no secret that I’ve retreated to my underground lair of late to work on upping my presentation game by trying my hand at the odd bit of stand up comedy (and roller derby, but that’s a different story).  That, … Continue reading

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IT Portfolio Optimization Leads to….the Cloud?

I’ve spent some blogging cycles this week talking about the evolution of IT portfolio selection processes – specifically that there is a natural maturity curve from what I am calling a tightly coupled model of fragmented IT delivery and a … Continue reading

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Strategically Decoupling Your Second Tier Portfolio (Part 2)

In yesterday’s post, I introduced the concept of a tier 2 portfolio, and how the concept of strategic coupling works in a tiered portfolio.  This post continues that discussion with an overview of a decoupled portfolio. A decoupled portfolio means … Continue reading

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Strategically Decoupling Your Second Tier Portfolio (Part 1)

Frameworks can be very useful things.  They allow folks like myself and my colleagues to walk into almost any organization and quickly size them up in terms of maturity, capabilities, and well, let’s face it, consulting opportunities.  The risk of … Continue reading

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