Increase Your Capacity and Finish Projects: Manage the Project Portfolio
Have you ever been told to multitask–working on so many projects simultaneously you don’t know where to start or what to do next? Or, have you ever felt so pressured by your organization that you asked your staff to multitask?
Multitasking happens when leaders don’t set direction for themselves and other people. When leaders decide which projects people work on in what order—the project portfolio—they set the stage for success. But those decisions are not easy. We will see what a portfolio is, what it is and isn’t, and we’ll explore how to make collaborative decisions.
I hope I only have to spend about 20 minutes defining a project portfolio and how it provides transparency to the organization. I want to get to the collaboration part quickly.
Up to 20 minutes: Why it’s so hard for leaders to collaborate across the org. Elicit reasons from participants
30-45 minutes: How to build trust. Activity and debrief
45 minutes: The difference between a principle and a position. Activity and debrief
rest of the time: Work together in 4-6 person teams to build a portfolio based on the agenda, principles, project value and project backlog I give to teams. Debrief
- how a portfolio adds value to the organization
- how portfolios provide transparency
- why it’s so hard for leaders to collaborate
- how to build trust
- how to articulate a principle, not a position
- How to build a portfolio together