Here is the Management & Leadership topics list that I used to categorize & generate ideas. You can see all these topics in any Self-Help/ Management/ Leadership book. If you take a closer look at the image Leadership Rubik’s cube which is the theme of this blog, I used 9 topics from the list to build it.
Here is what you can do with this list – Just take one (and only one) topic, generate at least 4 synonyms for each of those – think what idea you have about that particular item. Each one of us have general idea about each of the item listed. The more you dwell on one topic, you develop new ideas on those & you will become the master.
We already dealt with Project Management and its internals in different topics. Let us review some information on Portfolio management and Program management which are closely related to Project Management.
Portfolio management and Program management facilitates effective control and management of projects.
In financial investment terms, portfolio is a single place to view collection of investments held by individuals and it is used to do investment analysis.
A Portfolio in project management terms refers to managing collection of projects or programs and other work that is grouped together. The projects or programs of a portfolio may or may not related to each other. Usually these groupings are done for betterment of the executing organization by allocating, sharing & prioritizing resources across constituting programs or projects.
If executing of different projects are not beneficial to the organization then these projects will be managed together through a Program. When executing related projects in a coordinated way as a program, it gives more control over them. Programs may include elements of related work outside the scope of the discrete projects in the program. Program management can be viewed as the centralized, coordinated management of a group of projects to achieve the program’s objectives and benefits.
Generally, grouping of projects into a Program or Portfolio depends on different key factors. 1) ease of governance 2) Alignment to vision, mission and strategy of organization 3) accountability 4) optimizing return on investment 5) availability of infrastructure & resources 6) progressive elaboration 7) organization’s priorities, etc.
Here is the general representation of relationships between Portfolio, Program and Project.