Use Gartner's Five-Type Framework to Reduce Risk, Enhance Oversight and Improve Success Rates
Analysts Will Examine How to Use the Framework at the Gartner Program and Portfolio Management (PPM) & IT Governance Summits 2014, June 2-4 in National Harbor, Maryland and June 9-10 in London, U.K.
The ability to categorize IT programs and assign them appropriate tactics, skills and resources is critical to the generation of positive outcomes, according to Gartner, inc. Programs that are not properly categorized are significantly more likely to run over budget, to fall short of one or more of the intended objectives, or to fail completely.
"The adage 'the right tool for the right job' is every bit as appropriate to IT programs as it is to carpentry or plumbing," said Michael Hanford, research vice president at Gartner. "Understanding different program types, the characteristics, requirements and benefits involved, and how they should be applied to meet different organizational, structural or governance needs is too often neglected in the early stages of planning."
To help program managers categorize their programs and plan accordingly, Gartner has identified five types of program:
Figure 1. Five Program Types
Source: Gartner (April 2014)
"There's much more to this than simply comparing the characteristics of a proposed program to Gartner's five types and selecting the best fit," said Mr. Hanford. "It's important to educate other business and IT leaders and give them an effective organizational process to select the right program type to drive success. It is equally important to create and execute an early step in any program startup that selects a program type and validates it through leadership consensus building."
Although this introduces an extra step to the startup process for programs, it is upfront work that can go a long way toward avoiding some of the root causes of program failure, such as incorrect or poor governance and ineffective change management.
More detailed analysis is available in "Ensure That Your Approach Really Drives Program Success by Selecting One of Gartner's Five Program Types," a report available on Gartner's website at http://www.gartner.com/doc/2716219.
Gartner analysts will discuss this approach to IT program management at Gartner's PPM & IT Governance Summits 2014, which will be held on 2-4 June in National Harbor, Maryland, and 9-10 June in London, U.K. For information on the Maryland Summit, please visit www.gartner.com/us/ppm. For information on the London Summit, please visit www.gartner.com/eu/ppm. You will also be able to follow the event on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Gartner_inc using #GartnerPPM.
About the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summits 2014
The Summits will focus on improving the way organizations select, implement and manage IT initiatives and services. Gartner analysts will help delegates build an "activist" organization for enterprise project management — one that accelerates delivery times while keeping resources focused on fewer projects to increase efficiency. Delegates will also learn how to prove the value of their deliverables using meaningful metrics, and discover new techniques for engaging with the business and implementing change.
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