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Pimp my words: Project Portfolio Management on El Reg

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on July 23, 2007

Sometimes it’s good to get your teeth into a meaty subject that’s more than a little esoteric. One such subject is project portfolio management, which I’ve been looking at on and off for the last few years. So I jumped at the chance to write a 2000 word overview on the subject for El Reg…

It’s hard enough trying to run one development project, let alone several. Managing a whole portfolio of projects across a business can easily be compared to juggling Fabergé eggs in a tornado, with only one arm.

Projects need to be delivered on time, to the original requirements. Resources need to be deployed appropriately – whether they’re staff or infrastructure. Then there’s the really tricky bit, making sure that all the projects are aligned with the business aims. Today’s flexible businesses need IT departments that can respond to changing needs – adapting project plans quickly.

It’s no wonder that a new generation of project management tools has arrived, tools that are able to bring information in from multiple sources to help control the myriad IT projects that cover white boards and fill spreadsheets.

Read on and become enlightened. It’s a wonderful whole new world of project governance – with tools to make it easier.

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  1. twicezero said,

    A bit high up for me, personally, I’m gonna have to have a think about it all though.

    Oh, are you interested in writing about mingle (http://studios.thoughtworks.com/mingle-project-intelligence) at all. I might be able to get some info/access for you…


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