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How to Bootstrap Application Strategy by 'Just Enough' Governance of Projects

Published: 16 March 2015

ID: G00274937

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton , Jim Duggan, Stefan Van Der Zijden


Application leaders struggle to execute their application strategies when they do not have mature project portfolio governance in place. They can implement just-enough governance with a focus on application portfolio concerns to improve business fit and leverage application investments.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Assess Whether Your PPM and PM Maturity Allow the Implementation and Governance of an Application Strategy
  • Select the Application Portfolio Aspects and Concerns That Need to Be Governed at a Minimum to Implement Your Application Strategy and to Address Critical Application Portfolio Concerns
  • Insist That Every Application Project Business Case Has a Whole-of-Life TCO Model and an Explicit Portfolio Strategic Impact Assessment
  • Create Just-Enough Governance Process Using a Phase-Gate Review Process for Projects to Govern Those Aspects and Concerns That Would Otherwise Be Excluded
  • Ensure Just-Enough Governance in Agile Projects by Stakeholder Representation
  • Balance Governance and Autonomy to Make Sure That the Process Will Not Become a Paper Compliance Process but Achieves Real Change

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