Gartner Expert

Matt Light

Research VP

Matt Light, Research VP, has led Gartner's project and portfolio management (PPM) research community since its launch in 2001. Mr. Light's research has defined the PPM application market (in Magic Quadrants), advocated flexible PMOs and lean management, and includes the landmark report "PMO: The IT Control Tower."

Roles and responsibility




IT Project Portfolio Manager

Program Director/Program Manager

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Light served in management roles at Select Information and American Videotex Systems, providers of desktop productivity tools in the first wave of PC software, and of a preweb consumer information dial-up service, where he planned, led and controlled a variety of development and research projects. He has also managed Auerbach Publishing's line of computer-integrated manufacturing and quality assurance procedures publications, worked in a construction project office while in graduate school, and served as a Research Project Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Professional background

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Reports Managing Editor

Select Information and American Videotex Systems

Project and Quality Manager

Auerbach Publishers

Managing Editor

Areas of coverage

Program and Portfolio Management Leaders

Strategic Portfolio Management

PMO Strategies and Disciplines


M.B.A., Information Systems, honors, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

M.A., honors, San Francisco State University

B.A., University of Connecticut (Honors Program)

Course work, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Project processes and methodology

2Program management including practices, roles, value review, implementation, change management

3Portfolio management, incl. proj/program prioritization, project business cases, benefits review

4Requirements definition and mgmt. - including business analyst, system analyst

5Lean and quality management