Having your team understand what PPM is, fundamentally, can make all the difference in the success your PPM operations. As Steve Romero explains, this lack of understanding about what PPM actually isn't limited to just a few organizations misunderstanding how Project & Portfolio management:
I have visited more than 100 companies and government organizations around the world and each one was struggling with PPM. In every case, there wasn't even a common understanding of the term, let alone a defined, unified, and cohesive approach to meeting its end. So I am thrilled that company after company continues to request my PPM presentation as a means to providing the foundation and catalyst for their PPM-fostered journey to success. So I am continually befuddled when I see those PPM-related surveys I mentioned earlier. Though none of them paint a rosy picture of PPM, they all show that most organizations are doing “some PPM” and PPM continues to mature. I always wonder to what these organizations were referring when they checked the “yes” box to the “Are you doing PPM?” question. I wonder because I contend the definition is far from cut-and-dry.
Romero's argument is this: how an organization defines PPM will determine how they utilize it, and that definition will change as the organization finds need to modify out-of-the-box PPM solutions to fit what is needed.