Category Archives: Portfolio Pipeline Management

Six Symptoms that Signal a Need for Portfolio Management

I’ve only been really sick once in my life. And by “really sick”, I mean ready-to-hang-it-up kind of sick. It happened at the worst time and in an unfortunate place. I was living in the Amazon in northern Brazil. One day, I took a seven hour boat ride down the Amazon River, from one small ...

Five Tips for Successful Adoption of a PPM System

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill Change can be difficult. Organizations, like people, are creatures of habit. We tend to stick to paths, plans, and processes that are familiar to us. Portfolio & Pipeline Management (P&PM) involves driving change throughout an organization. You enable your business with ...

Defining Portfolio Scope: Is it Necessary for Effective Portfolio Management?

Many of our clients ask if they need to specifically define what projects, products or offerings should be included in their product portfolios and what should be left out. Leading portfolio management practices advocate the need for defining portfolio inclusion criteria. Why is it necessary to define your portfolio’s scope? There are at least two ...

Phase Gate and Portfolio Management: Two Processes, One Goal

Last month on a short flight home I was asked by my seatmate what I did for work. I told him that I worked for Kalypso, a consulting firm exclusively focused on innovation. He explained that he worked at a large food and beverage manufacturer and that for his company, like many others at the moment, innovation had become an increasingly popular topic of discussion.

How To: Make a Fewer, Bigger, Better Approach Work in Innovation

How To: Make a Fewer, Bigger, Better Approach Work in InnovationTo address their disappointing innovation results, many management teams advocate a strategy of launching Fewer, Bigger, Better products. While this is a sound approach, it has proven difficult to execute. Success requires the organizational resolve, discipline and confidence to launch fewer projects and still meet top-line innovation goals. Continue reading