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The new mandate for IT PPM is an organization that can successfully walk the line between directive and adaptive methods using tools to empower enhanced collaboration and enterprise-wide strategic value.

The digital business model—ever changing, always iterative—requires that business project managers retain a fluidity and flexibility in their processes. However, your value often lies in the disciplines of classic project management.

What’s more, many experts agree that the adaptive management techniques you need for product-development-like projects require more mature project leaders and teams because they have moved from a work-management structure toward PMO-level practices.

In this guide, we will show you how top-down project portfolio management enables control over the rapidly shifting priorities inherent in these kinds of projects—yet also empowers you for core disciplines like demand planning, risk management and resource allocation. This book delivers a set of clear directives for leveraging these “new models of customer demand” across the enterprise and answers these questions: 

  • How are the new digital business models affecting IT PPM?
  • How do I adopt a bimodal approach to managing inbound project demand?
  • How can we use work categorisation and scenario modelling to create IT project flexibility?
  • What are the best tools to help IT PMs, PPMs and PMOs gain strategic power?
  • How do we deliver enterprise-wide value with a single tool?

Your resources probably don’t allow you to create a parallel project path for every single project—but even adaptive projects need to be grounded using a directive approach, with their deliverables vetted against the rules of risk management that are built into our “project management DNA.” You can use the same risk-averse practices you’ve always used, if you can structure your projects appropriately.

Someone once said, “Fear is only a story you tell yourself.” If you start your project planning with a clear idea of how these different types of project behave, where they usually derail, and how successful project managers structure them to take care of these danger zones, you will be able to tell yourself a very different story.

We don’t want our portfolios to consist of an unrelated group of projects. As IT PMs and PPMs, we want to create an ecosystem—one that enhances every project it touches. This ecosystem should include all of the cultural, leadership and change management elements that create an atmosphere of strategic value.

Using adaptive and directive project approaches based on the guidance in this book will ensure your success. We believe that the key to agile PM is to standardize whenever possible using only those tools that enable you right now.

There’s no bigger barrier to organization-wide change than siloed information that’s doomed to stay in its department of origin. By assuring resource alignment for all kinds of project-based, enterprise work management, from the simplest to the most strategic, you can remain agile while empowering your project teams to execute to goal. With this eBook you will learn how to get the right people on the right project at the right time—every time.