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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Chapter 16Managing the Project Portfolio

If this is a book about managing projects, why is there a chapter about managing the project portfolio? When I work with project managers, they say things such as “My management can’t decide which project they want first.” Or, they say, “My management wants everything now.” Or, they say, “My management makes decisions about projects so late that I start the project late.” Or, they say, “I can’t keep people just on my project; they’re multitasking all over the place.”

Managing the portfolio, or helping your management to manage the portfolio, might be a survival skill for you. If your management defines its corporate (or unit) strategy and tells you which project to do when, skip this chapter. But if ...

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