Portfolio Management SIG AGM with Robert Buttrick presenting "Success, maturity, matrices and portfolios"

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Posted by APM on 19th Jun 2015

On 17th June, we were delighted to have a presentation at the PfM SIG AGM by Robert Buttrick, Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management and an international authority on business-led, strategic programme and project management. He gave us an illuminating talk on why project management excellence isn't enough to generate business or organisational success.

He provided several examples of research showing that mature organisations realise greater benefits, and then proceeded to describe key aspects of maturity, reasons for its importance and what changes organisations need to make.
Robert proposed that the true matrix relationship between, projects, programmes, portfolios and the rest of the business is not understood well, and that "vertical" structures, on their own are ineffective as modern operating models. He concluded that understanding how portfolio management, maturity and matrix management combine to drive business success is key to making organisations truly customer, value and benefit focussed, as opposed to just cost driven. There was a lively discussion with/amongst attendees, and many ideas will have been taken away.

Robert’s extensive presentation can be viewed below.

The formal part of the AGM had been held at the start of the evening, with current chair, Stephen Parrett providing a brief overview of the SIG’s strategy & plans, the 2014-15 annual report and a look into the year ahead. See his presentation below.

The following members have been elected to the 2015-16 Portfolio Management SIG committee:

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