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Transform Application and Project Portfolios Into a Product Portfolio

Published: 19 January 2017

ID: G00319839

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton


As application leaders start treating their applications as products for internal or external customers, they must create a new governance model — one not based on projects. This report shows how they can transform portfolios and governance processes to allocate resources to individual products.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Break Up Existing and Proposed Projects Into Separately Deliverable Business Outcomes to Populate and Prioritize a Roadmap for Each Product
  • Estimate the Value of Achieving the Business Outcomes and the Time and Resources Needed for Each
  • Segment Applications by Primary Stakeholder and Related Business Capabilities and Technologies to Define Manageable Product Families
  • Create a Governance Process to Allocate a Team or Teams to Products or Product Families, Based on the Relative Business Priority of the Roadmaps and the Progress Required Over the Next 12 Months
  • Charge Product Managers, Architects, Teams and Stakeholders With Managing the Details of Features and Nonfunctional Requirements

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