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Is That Really The Outcome You Were Hoping For?

Written by Ben Chamberlain on April 14th, 2021 at 8:59 am

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Why do you invest in projects and programs?  A simple question, but one that many employees likely can’t answer.  All investments are made to generate an outcome.  Whether that’s financial, reputational, regulatory, or any other category label you want to apply, every investment – in projects, programs, products, capabilities, technologies, et al has to produce a meaningful outcome or it fails.

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Portfolio Analysis Answers The Age-Old Question “What If…?”

Written by Ben Chamberlain on April 7th, 2021 at 1:52 pm

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In an earlier post, we looked at roadmaps, something that has been getting a lot of attention in the last couple of years.  Most will agree that roadmaps need to have substance behind them and their purpose is to improve your ability to run your business and make key decisions.  And perhaps most importantly, they must have the ability to support portfolio analytics.

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What’s the status of your status reports?

Written by Ben Chamberlain on March 31st, 2021 at 12:49 pm

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Since project management first became a formal discipline, status reports have been the bane of every project manager’s life.  Team members hate having to stop their work to update them.  Stakeholders doubt the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of them.  PMOs feel as though they spend way too much trying to corral them.  And leadership largely ignores them.

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Roadmaps are the key to driving all transformation.

Written by Ben Chamberlain on March 24th, 2021 at 1:33 pm

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If your business doesn’t already some roadmaps, then you probably feel as though you should have them.  Because that’s what everyone seems to be been talking about – you have to have roadmaps, you can’t manage your business without roadmaps, roadmaps will unlock your strategic potential.  And on, and on, and on.

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Hard to deliver a return on investment if you don’t manage the actual investments!

Written by Ben Chamberlain on March 18th, 2021 at 1:12 pm

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There’s only one reason to engage in any piece of work – and that’s to achieve value.  Sometimes the value is direct – like more revenue or lower costs.  And sometimes it’s indirect – compliance, customer and employee satisfaction and the like.  But regardless of how value is defined, every piece of work do has to deliver more than is invested in it.  And in the vast majority of cases, what’s invested eventually comes down to money.

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