Avoid These Major Pitfalls When Implementing a PPM Solution to Support Continuous Delivery

Effective support of continuous delivery requires a broad perspective to implementing PPM tools. Program and portfolio management leaders must avoid major implementation pitfalls that can contribute to deployment failure if they are to support their organization’s digital transformation.

Key  Findings

  • Organizational failure to implement project and portfolio management (PPM) solutions that address functionality gaps results in unsuccessful end-to-end decision support for the planning and execution of enterprise initiatives.
  • A difficult-to-use and unfit solution results when an organization implements a PPM tool that does not align with its PPM maturity and methodology mix.
  • Low or no adoption follows when an organization underestimates the change management effort required when implementing a PPM tool. 
  • Organizations fail to plan for deployment effort and ongoing support needs. This results in a reliance on unplanned and/or unskilled resources for support.

As digital transformation progresses, PPM leaders implementing PPM solutions in support of PMO strategies and disciplines must: 

  • Ensure that PPM solutions address end-to-end needs by identifying and assessing gaps in use case and decision needs.
  • Align PPM solutions with organization maturity by assessing existing PPM capabilities and the methodology mix.
  • Address adoption challenges by assessing readiness and socializing the case for change.
  • Provide implementation and support capabilities by enabling an inclusive deployment plan and optimizing vendor support.

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