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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Build the Portfolio of All Projects

Not every organization knows which projects are active, which projects are supposed to be active, or which projects are planned for when. The first step is to build the portfolio of projects.

Gather the list of all the projects in your department. Note when management thinks the projects have started or are planned to start and when they are supposed to end. Organize them in a grid, month by month.[54] If you used stickies on the wall, it would look something like Figure 56, Project portfolio. Yes, you can certainly use a spreadsheet or a grid and make the portfolio look nicer. But if you want to be able to change it, use the most low-tech tool you can so you have the flexibility to change it easily. ...

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