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Effective Governance of Bimodal IT Projects Requires Adopting a More Outcome-Centered Approach

Published: 10 March 2015

ID: G00274509

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton , Donna Fitzgerald


Enterprise PMO leaders and application management leaders are struggling to adapt governance processes to cover new, agile Mode 2 efforts that don't conform to traditional project management structures. A focus on business outcome or value will bridge the gap between Mode 1 and Mode 2 projects.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build a Business Capability Road Map as the Basis for the Portfolio Process, Regardless of Mode
  • When Analyzing the Portfolio Pipeline, Use a Simple Approach to Determining Which Mode Might Make Sense for a Project
    • Systems of Record Are Good Candidates for Mode 1
    • Systems of Differentiation Change Faster and Are Candidates for Mode 2
    • Systems of Innovation Leapfrog the Known
  • Clearly Separate Portfolio and Project Governance, and Place the Accountability and Responsibility With the Right Groups, for Easier Bimodal Governance
    • The Role of the PMO Is to Support the Portfolio Governance Committee and the Project

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