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Going Beyond Projects

What’s next after mastering projects?

There’s so much more to strategic portfolio management than just managing projects. Many organizations spend a tremendous amount of time and effort refining their portfolio planning and execution processes, but that’s just the start of a longer journey.

Breaking down the silos

Your discretionary investments don’t exist in isolation, and they certainly aren’t the only way your organization succeeds. All of the projects, initiatives, epics or other such work items only exist to improve your products, services, capabilities and technologies in order to drive your overall success in line with your strategies. Organizations that don’t understand and manage that dynamic and relationship will fail to develop a 360-degree view of your business and you’ll underperform.

To successfully transform your business, you need to manage all portfolios – all assets. You need to be able to break down the traditional siloes that act as barriers for your different portfolios. You need to understand, integrate and manage the dependencies that exist across those siloes and portfolios. Only then can you develop accurate and complete visual roadmaps to help you quickly understand and control the upstream and downstream implications of every action or decision.

Transforming the role of the transformer

Transformation isn’t just a lofty goal for the enterprise. It’s also a prerequisite for any function looking to help drive that transformation. The siloes that still define your business must be broken down to create an integrated business where everyone is able to contribute with full visibility into all the information relevant to them. You cannot expect to deliver a digital transformation that is as effective as possible if your key contributors are contained within the siloes of their own business area, restricted in their ability to influence and drive change.

A capability-based performance model allows organizations to develop this integrated approach to all work across all business areas. It helps develop the strong foundation that a successful business transformation can be built on and ensures that all work is driven directly from strategy – a top-down approach that maintains focus where it is needed rather than a bottom-up process of work definition where alignment is forced after the fact – the common story in a project-driven world.

It all comes down to aligning execution with strategy

Creating a truly integrated business where everything is managed as part of the whole requires everyone in your business to be aligned in what they do, how they do it, and the value they are delivering, and that’s the bottom line for Strategic Portfolio Management. One direction, one set of goals, and everyone focused on delivering.

Your single set of strategies drives demand that is prioritized across all business areas, all resources and all work types. The initiatives that are ultimately funded deliver projects, products and capabilities and are all managed as part of a single pursuit of value. And that value is managed through effective and relevant metrics that ensure your strategies are driving the results that are expected and that your business is transforming in the way it needs.