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Look to Tragedy of the Commons for Application Portfolio Guidance

Published: 28 October 2014

ID: G00263845

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton , Rob Sibley


Business and application leaders seeking to address a bloated application portfolio can look to decades of research in a well-known economic dilemma — The Tragedy of the Commons — for some guidance.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Clearly Define Boundaries
  • Congruence Between Appropriation and Provision Rules and Local Conditions
  • Collective-Choice Arrangements
  • Monitoring
  • Graduated Sanctions
  • Conflict-Resolution Mechanisms
  • Summary

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