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Six Predictions for Project Portfolio Management in 2016

Six Predictions for Project Portfolio Management in 2016
By Kevin Kern

Each year we review and reflect on some of the industry specific Project Portfolio Management trends of the past year and consider trends for the coming year that might have an impact on the business. Here are our six predictions heading into 2016:

If you’re not managing your applications, they’re managing you.

Applications are powering business. Application ecosystems are everywhere, and steadily increasing. Paradoxically the continued reliance on applications isn’t being managed or tracked proportionally to the level of importance we feel they deserve. Applications are changing the way businesses operate and optimize, yet in so many firms, they are being tracked on spreadsheets. This is the age of application software, or as I call “the post PC era,” where nobody cares about the operating system or hardware. We believe the consumerization of IT will continue.

We don’t discount the importance of application maintenance and repair, and this includes application configurations and customizations that make business process incrementally better for all your team members. Read the Complete Article

Work Smarter: 5 Steps to Proactive Resource Management

Work Smarter: 5 Steps to Proactive Resource Management
By Kevin Kern

With dozens of IT projects in play at any given time, it can be a challenge to know who’s working on what, when they’ll be finished and what resources are available—not to mention which staffers can dedicate time to new projects and innovation.

If this sounds like your organization, you’re not alone—according to a recent Gartner survey, only slightly more than one-third of organizations have general workplace visibility policies in place. Furthermore, resource allocation is one of the biggest problems with project management teams. Without having the visibility into your resources, allocation will always be challenging, if not impossible.

The old adage “work smarter, not harder” certainly applies to IT resource management. Follow these five tips to gain more clarity into how your resources are currently being used and learn how to more proactively allocate them—while maximizing collaboration, agility and responsiveness at the same time. Read the Complete Article

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