Project Management

Troubled Portfolio, Troubled Projects

troubledThis article from the Project Management Institute talks about how the source of failing projects is often a troubled portfolio. A thriving portfolio depends on an array of projects that are collaborative and intertwined.  A hostile portfolio environment can stem from a company’s lack of education on portfolios; a mass of projects do not make a portfolio. When a project is in trouble it is best to analyze the health of your portfolio.

Good signs your portfolio is troubled:

  • You are facing troubled projects repeatedly
  • More than 30 percent of your projects are troubled
  • Lack or no support by senior management
  • Unclear strategic goals
  • Lack of objective selection and prioritization criteria
  • Poor guidelines and structure
  • Lack of standardized project and portfolio management processes
  • Resource allocation issues
  • Poor key performance indicators (KPIs)

Knowing that your portfolio is troubled is only half the battle; you have to know how to fix it. Much of the responsibility falls on the executives and the portfolio managers. Executives need to assign ownership and a system of checks and balances to the portfolio. The portfolio manager should place processes and guidelines in place that clearly outline the steps for project investments. For more suggestions take a look at the original post.


Ryan Malinoski

Ryan Malinoski was a staff writer and technical assistant for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He joined the team in 2013.

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