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Breakthrough Project Portfolio Management by Murali Kulathumani

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THE MISSION-CRITICAL ROLE OF THE HIGH-PERFORMING PORTFOLIO

INTRODUCTION

A chief information officer’s mandate is essentially that of a change agent. He or she is expected to effect a change for the better in systems, performance, and capabilities of the organization. The time-tested way to effect change is through a well-managed portfolio of projects—a project being a temporary endeavor that results in an end product, capability, or service.

However, a well-managed project portfolio is one of those mythical information technology (IT) beasts—often bragged about and rarely bagged. An optimized, high-performing portfolio is an ensemble of optimized parts, coming together to deliver a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This chapter ...

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