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Activist Investor PMOs Drive Reform, Track Value and Provide Accountability

Published: 25 October 2017

ID: G00331091

Analyst(s): Matt Light

Summary

The emerging "activist investor" style of PMO seeks to reform project prioritization. Program and portfolio management leaders use it to overcome project portfolio inertia by emphasizing value reviews, but they should expect resistance from beneficiaries of ad hoc project approval practices.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Reform Detrimental Prioritization Schemes via an Activist Investor PMO
    • The Activist PMO Supports Investment Reform
  • Iterate Business Cases, Including for Agile Projects
  • To Address Cognitive Biases, Track the Benefits of Major Projects and Programs for Accountability
    • Confirmation and Overconfidence Biases
    • Business Cases Are Necessary for Projects, but Not for Continual Enhancements and Support
    • The Key to Unlocking the Psychology of Project Sponsors
    • Benefits Review — ROI Optional

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