Experiences from the field – Benefits by PPM

05. August 2009

How PPM tools are being applied and what benefits achieved

+++ Guest lecture at a Compuware Conference 7th October 2009 +++

In this session Jonathan Ward, Managing Director of Severn Consultancy (UK) Ltd., London, outlines lessons learned and benefits achieved based on experience of being involved with twenty four PPM tool implementations. Irrespective of the tools used, the lessons seem to be constant: Significant business benefit but in order to gain these the Project Management disciplines need to be at a mature level.

In our activities across Europe we see three core themes: 

  • Organisations that wish to improve the way they allocate internal investments. Wanting to implement Project Portfolio Management to enhance decision making abilities.
  • Organisations that realise that key resource availability as well as budget constrain their ability to effect change. In some of these organisations they often do not realise the workload of “maintenance” activity in their IT function inhibits the level of change they can manage.
  • Organisations that wish to accelerate change by using methods like Agile or Extreme Project Management and then realise that they still require some disciplines for internal control and Operational Risk purposes.

This paper will discuss these themes and outline the benefits that our clients have achieved by implementing a PPM tool.

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