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Strategic Project Portfolio Management: Enabling a Productive Organization (Microsoft Executive Leadership Series) by [Moore, Simon]
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Strategic Project Portfolio Management

Organizations that outperform do so because of a combination of strong execution and great strategy. Lack of either results in failure. Effective port–folio management helps achieve outperformance, making your strategy real through organizational change.

Practical and filled with expert advice, Strategic Project Portfolio Management: Enabling a Productive Organization presents a clear framework for your organization to complete significant strategic projects. Providing executive–level guidance to build a powerful and efficient process from initial adoption to portfolio alignment, this essential resource contains case studies from small to multinational organizations, arming you with the insights to ensure your strategic projects are given the resources they need to deliver business impact. This important guide introduces several key initiatives that will dramatically improve your ability to execute effectively on a strategic portfolio, including:

  • Setting bold goals for both the business, and therefore the portfolio, and sharing these goals repeatedly and broadly

  • How to go beyond project portfolio management to a holistic work management system

  • Sharing portfolio information broadly with as many employees as possible

  • Why technology is the key to developing new collaborative platforms and innovative work management environments

  • A framework for assessing project portfolio management competence within your organization and driving momentum for compelling improvements

  • Examining and cutting processes regularly

Portfolio management is a process, requiring the com–bination of the right processes and the right technology to support it. Filled with cases from best–in–class organizations illustrating how results were achieved using processes outlined in the book, Strategic Project Portfolio Management: Enabling a Productive Organization offers the practical recommendations, guidance, and real–world insights you need to immediately begin driving better project management strategy.

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Strategic Project Portfolio Management

Enabling A Productive Organization

Simon Moore

Praise for Strategic Project Portfolio Management

"Project management has been around for years as a bottom–up process but Simon now brings the concept to the executive suite. Strategic Project Portfolio Management shows senior management how to shift to a return–on–investment driven organization. Simon′s experience meeting executives while at Microsoft makes him the ideal person to bring project portfolio management to management."
—Chris Vandersluis, President, HMS Software

"Innovation and constant improvement are essential for every?organization in our fiercely competitive world, making both project selection and project execution strategic capabilities.?Simon Moore shows us how project portfolio management forms a holistic business process that informs executive decisions and motivates project teams."
—Eric Verzuh, author, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, Third Edition

"Simon Moore has laid out a complete overview of the world of project portfolio management. Excellent reading for those who are looking for insight into how businesses can benefit from this continuously evolving discipline."
—Rudi van den Berg, Partner Manager, Pcubed

"A great top–down book on the top of the mind issues that face project–driven organizations today. Sharp and precisely written as a hub of knowledge and hands–on practice manual for teams implementing or improving best practices for strategic project portfolio management. When you are in for the deep dive, you find the references for further reading."
—Magnus Holmlid, Senior Advisor Enterprise Project Management, Camako, Sweden


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (9 Oct. 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SVQD9Q
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Format: Hardcover
This book is part of the Microsoft Executive Leadership Series which consists of a number of publications that have been released over the last few years. It sets out as its aims to tie in the theory and the technology, primarily though not exclusively for an executive audience.

This implies that there is a link, direct or otherwise in the development or adoption of project and portfolio management with technology, something I will come back to later.

Being aimed at an executive audience it is probably not directly targeting the majority of PPSO SIG members. However for any of us who have a portfolio or even a programme office role the content should be of relevance.

While the author does provide some useful inputs and identifies some valuable key points throughout the book it fails in a number of significant ways.

The overall structure set out for the book is to look at the benefits of Project Portfolio Management, the strategic imperative and in later chapters to look at implementation and to develop some areas in more detail with the final chapter looking at future trends in project and portfolio management.

There are Case Studies included in most chapters though these are presented as rather abstract examples and are not fully exploited in supporting the chapter's content. One useful inclusion at the end of each chapter is that of Key Questions which in many cases provide a useful challenge to the reader in their organisation.

While the structure set out in the chapter headings appears rational, the content in each either does not support this or meet the expectations set by it. In Chapter 5 - Ten Things to Do, the author recognises "Everything stems from the creation of business goals".
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Simon Moore's book is one of the most insightful books on the implementation of Strategic Management I have come across. He has focused one of the biggest problems facing business - More frequently than not businesses' operations are out of sync with their strategies. Linking them is clearly critical for a successful business and businesses like Apple and Google have proved this. But this is not just applicable to large companies - indeed Moore focuses on smaller businesses in his book. Moore not only demonstrates this in great detail with very practical examples, but he also provides key best practises that companies should adopt to ensure strategies get implemented through every part of the business. I operate a fruit distribuition company - and this book has helped me understand how we were not achieving our set out goals, and has provided me with the framework of tools to be able to tackle this. My business has already started to see benefits arising from the changes I have subsequently made.
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I am involved in managing a number of different and varied projects on a day to day basis. I have attended various project management training courses, however, I found that this book gave me a new perspective on project management and cited a number of cases studies and examples on how I can improve the management of my projects. The book highlights the need to ensure that your key business process and operations are aligned to you organisations strategy. This doesn't always happen in practice and again the book focuses in on this topic and potential ways to achieve this in practice.

The book was easy to read and relate to, both for those specifically involved in contract management but also for those in general management who have to prioritise a number of tasks on a day to day basis.
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I found this text to be well written, with decent up-to-date interviews padding out the content quite nicely. The theoretical basis of the book is solid and it also gave me several novel ideas that I suggested at meetings (and claimed as my own!) such as holding a 'pre-mortem' where people discuss ahead of a project starting what went wrong with it (!) and how that could have been avoided, which I thought was a clever way to brainstorm potential pitfalls. There are some fairly senior executives interviewed in the book, including from the UK - the guy is clearly well connected. Good diagrams too sprinkled throughout. I might well consider buying other books in the series...
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Simon Moore's book is a well-written and comprehensive guide that I've found consistently useful in any business or organisational context. Some of Moore's conclusions are surprisingly thought-provoking, given this kind of technical material, and his main thesis is a powerful advocacy of the need for planning models in any money-making venture. The illustrations and diagrams also provide useful clarification for some of the more difficult concepts. Recommended.
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