Major online retail organization improves their Project Portfolio Management
Project Assistants’ Case Studies
Situation Situation
In this engagement, we worked with the IT department of a major online retail organization. The department was facing a wide range of challenges. They were missing commitments both because of a lack of control and structure in major initiatives, and because they had mission-critical PM technologies that were outdated and unstable. As a result, the department garnered little trust from business leadership. The future wasn’t looking any brighter, either: they lacked the ability to determine if their Portfolio Plan for major projects could be completed, and they weren’t even sure where to start to improve their Project Portfolio Management.
Solution Solution
Project Assistants leveraged our VIA Methodology (Vision, Implement and Adopt) to support re-architecting the organization for success. We delivered a roadmap that detailed the long-range plan for improvement. We re-planned major projects and put them back on track. We realigned the portfolio with corporate objectives, which involved canceling many projects that were doomed to fail. We implemented a solid technology platform to support future improvement.
Benefits Benefits
Over the course of our engagement, Project Assistants enabled the organization to continuously improve. The company learned to refocus their portfolio to align with the organization’s goals and realized millions of dollars in [savings] by focusing on key initiatives and canceling non-value-add initiatives. Our mutual efforts have dramatically changed the organization, better equipping them to improve their project success rate and drastically improving the portfolio execution of the IT department.