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Use Zero-Based Prioritization to Throw the Reset Switch on Your IT Demand Portfolio

Published: 21 October 2011

ID: G00226541

Analyst(s): Lee Weldon


By following the principles of zero-based prioritization, IT leaders can reset the IT demand portfolio in four steps, and repurpose scarce resources that are needed for investments in new strategic business initiatives.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Move Beyond the Limitations of Traditional Prioritization Approaches
  • Use Zero-Based Prioritization as a Tool for Resetting the IT Demand Portfolio
  • Follow Four Steps to Successfully Implement Zero-Based Prioritization With Your Demand Portfolio
    • Ensure That Three Critical Enablers Are in Place Before You Start
    • Step 1: Agree on the Framework for Assessing Priorities Between Projects, and Set the Target for IT Spending
    • Step 2: Announce a Theoretical Stop to All Projects for the Next Budgeting Period
    • Step 3: Build the Portfolio Back Up Piece by Piece
    • Step 4: Finalize the Portfolio, and Resolve Any Disputes
  • Consider Extending the Zero-Based Prioritization Approach
  • Conclusion

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