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Product Portfolio Management

Product Development Portfolio Optimization: Bottoms-Up vs. Top-Down

I’ve never met a homebuilder who wants to build a roof before pouring a foundation. Yet when I talk with executives about optimizing product development portfolios for customer appeal, competitive impact, and resource allocation, they sometimes ask this question first: how can we do a better job of optimizing development investments across our major lines...

Product Portfolio Management

Strategy as a Team Sport

Last week saw me traveling, which means I had some time to do a little airplane reading. I had the July/August edition of the Harvard Business Review with me and read a few thought-provoking articles. The first is titled “The Execution Trap.” A lot of good thoughts but the main thread is that there should not...

Product Portfolio Management

Innovation vs. Maintenance—How Do You Find the Right Mix?

Every product management job I have ever had, no matter the size of the company, I have wrestled with the question — “How do I determine the right innovation vs maintenance mix?” In most of my jobs, I have struggled with this question on a daily basis, constantly making sure that the “small” priority decisions...

Project Portfolio Management

IT Governance and Lessons from the Outsourcers

Good IT Governance has numerous benefits for running an IT organization. A solid understanding and control of resources, work effort, and costs will drive better decisions. Having that information readily available, on-demand, will drive more timely decision making. There are many sources CIO’s and IT organizations look to for guidance and examples on governance models...

Work Management for Teams

Seven tips for successful management

I regularly find myself reading the thoughts and opinions of experts on management and how I can be a better manager. I’m never actually surprised by what I read – I think most of it is obvious. At the same time it’s easy to agree with what you’ve read, but difficult to put it into...

Project Portfolio Management

IT Governance – Why Before How

IT Governance often represents a new way of doing business: An IT Governance training strategy must incorporate change management. An initiative as impactful as an IT Governance Solution typically requires an organization to implement new roles, processes and automation. The changes can appear daunting for many employees whose first experience with the new techniques is...

Work Management for Teams

Lean Startup Kanban Boards Examples

In a blog post today on agilefocus.com, William Pietri outlines his approach to tracking experimental work through the value stream of a Lean Startup. Being a “Lean Startup” ourselves (though we don’t really think of ourselves as a “startup”…but close enough), I found this line of thought intriguing. So, I decided to take a crack at modeling...

Work Management for Teams

Project Management’s Five Deadly Sins

70% of all IT projects fail Since the mid-1980s, the Standish Group has published the world’s largest study on IT projects – the Chaos Manifesto (formerly called the Chaos Report). Over the years they have examined over 70,000 projects, and what’s startling is the amount of IT-related projects that fail. In the latest poll for...

Project Portfolio Management

Where Have the Services Gone?

The Center for Collective Intelligence (http://cci.mit.edu) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is established around the basic research question: “How can people and computers be connected so that-collectively-they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?” I think this is a fantastic opening question to any software (or services) company...

Project Portfolio Management

Tracking Time – How Should My Organization Do It?

When a new customer signs up with Innotas and begins working with their Customer Success Manager, one of the first topics centers around Time Management. While most customers want to track time for their IT resources, they don’t always know what types of activities to track, how granular to track, or what the benefits they...