Kudos from GetAbstract for Manage Your Project Portfolio


The nice folks at getabstract like Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects. Some of the takeaways they highlight are:

The nice folks at getabstract like Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects . Some of the takeaways they highlight are:

  • Project portfolio management helps you finish your software projects on schedule.
  • You must understand your mission to make choices about prioritizing software projects.
  • Managers must select which projects to undertake and which to avoid.
  • Create a visual overview of all current and upcoming projects to depict who will work on them and when.
  • Some managers dislike project portfolio management because it prevents them from shifting developers between assignments. This is, in fact, a primary benefit.
  • Project portfolio management aligns your team’s work objectives with your organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Project portfolio management’s central truth: You can do all your software projects – but you can’t do them all at once.

I get to display this nice badge on the book’s page on my site, and the Prags have it on the book’s page already.

You don’t have to read just the abstract. You can read the entire book. Buy it from the Prags in both the ebook (many forms) and/or print as a holiday present to yourself so you can start the new year right.

Or, if you are still a print-only reader, and want to buy it from Amazon, that works too.

But, if you are still trying to plug people into projects part-time, or if you are still trying to figure out how to get it “all” done, stop. You can’t. You need to engage your peers into having those difficult discussions about what you can commit to for now, what you can’t commit to for now, and what projects you will never commit to.

Welcome to the project portfolio!

About the author

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential “gotchas,” seize opportunities, and remove impediments. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the technical editor for Agile Connection and the author of these books:

  • Manage Your Job Search
  • Hiring Geeks That Fit
  • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
  • The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
  • Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
  • Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People

Johanna is working on a book about agile program management. She writes columns for Stickyminds.com and projectmanagementcom and blogs on her website, jrothman.com, as well on createadaptablelife.com.

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