“Cultivating a portfolio
leadership to channel
the entire organization
to focus on the key
and balance priorities
at every level.”
—EIU, Implementing the Project
Portfolio: A Vital C-Suite Focus
Organizations that realize the
benefits of portfolio management tend to...
Taking the Lead
It’s no secret: Portfolio management enables organizations to strategically align projects and programs and deliver
value. Yet most are behind the curve. To find out what sets some organizations apart from the pack, PMI collabo-
rated with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Deloitte for the 2015
Thought Leadership Series on portfolio management. By Donovan Burba
To gauge the impact of superior portfolio management capabilities, BCG and PMI partnered to
give the often neglected, but very important view from portfolio managers, which finds:
Organizations with mature practices have much better project outcomes than those
with low maturity:
The EIU research reinforces the fact that portfolio management is an important part
of implementing strategy:
The Maturity Gap
Awareness and Action
Hallmarks of Success
On time Within budget Met original goals
and business intent
Only 47% of organizations attempt to balance different strategic priorities across the portfolio.
are grouped in
report themselves as “structured
and improving” portfolio
of organizations are grouped
as having high portfolio
High maturity Low maturity
vs. vs. vs.
71% 41% 46% 60% 74% 81%
12% said their companies will not.
50% of organizations said their organizations will
increase investment in strategic portfolio management.
60% of organizations ranked improving
management of strategic projects as a “high”
or “very high priority.” Some factors differentiate
organizations that do portfolio
…connect project execu-
tion to strategy fulfillment.
A formal portfolio manage-
ment infrastructure helps
achieve business goals.
…seek simplicity. Less
to portfolio management
are more likely to sustain
…create a portfolio-minded culture. Senior
leaders embed portfolio
management into the organization’s DNA.
…develop strong capabilities. Successful organizations
cultivate specific portfolio