Karen Klein of Projects@Work interviewed Daniel Stang, a principle analyst at Gartner, on preparing for Project Portfolio Management (PPM).
Some key lessons are to not expect overnight success, to implement in stages (beginning with automating what is already working), and to engage a good change management team.
Organizations that attempt to go from zero to high level maturity via a big-bang approach run a high risk of failure. Stang also cautions against trying to sell PPM initially on the hard benefits. The benefits at the early stages of maturity tend to be softer, with the tangible benefits coming later.
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