In this Podcast Id Cuda, Manager, Enterprise Architecture at Ipswich City Council, shares his expertise in how to plan a portfolio of projects and the importance of aligning the portfolio to the overarching strategy for the organisation.
Id’s range of experience covers a range of professional roles covering a range of skills including IT strategic change, ICT strategy, policy and governance leadership, innovation, partnerships and collaboration, business intelligence, business analysis and modelling, vendor management and strategic sourcing, portfolio planning & management and project delivery and management consulting.
Points raised in this podcast:
- It’s key to align all key elements of good portfolio planning including achieving key goals at the commencement of the planning process.
- Ensure you have a robust ICT strategy – across a range of areas (including customer, staff, information, processes + technology).
- Prioritise what goes in the project portfolio based on all of these areas.
- Outlining objectives in each element of the program to prioritse each stage of the project.
- Politics within the organisation can affect the way the business operates. Whether you are a government organisation or a private enterprise, strategic projects that have executive buy in will float to the top and this happens in all organisations.
- Customer focused projects have a higher status than other projects; satisfaction is key for keeping in business. Customer-centric initiatives are usually priority within a project.
- Visible projects will usually be king and technology makes customer-focused technologies more flexible and can open up a range of service channels for customers.
- From a technology perspective, the road map is effective in an ICT strategy. The road map will set your portfolio boundaries and will help you achieve the objectives of your project.
- Analyze the organisations business objectives ahead of commencing a project. Develop a corporate ICT strategy and roadmap ahead of developing your portfolio.