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Effective Governance of Bimodal Portfolios Requires an Outcome-Centered Approach

Published: 01 March 2018

ID: G00349545

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton , Joanne Kopcho


Program and portfolio management leaders are struggling to adapt governance processes to cover Mode 2 efforts that don't conform to "controlling" portfolio management structures. A focus on business outcomes will bridge the gap between Mode 1 and Mode 2 for projects, programs and other efforts.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build a Business Capability Roadmap 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
    • Systems of Record Are Good Candidates for Mode 1 — Control
    • Systems of Differentiation Change Faster and Are Good Candidates for Mode 2
    • Systems of Innovation Leapfrog the Known
  • Define and Separate Portfolio and Project Governance Practices by Placing Accountability and Responsibility With the Right Groups
    • The Role of the PMO Is to Support the Portfolio Governance Committee

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