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Aiden, a woebegone software developer, sits forlornly at his desk, wondering how to complete three recently assigned, top priority projects. Yesterday morning, the boss told him that the first project was due soon. At noon, the boss popped in to insist that the second one had to be completed immediately. At 5 p.m., the boss announced that Aiden should finish the third piece of work right away. Faced with these mutually exclusive, idiotic demands, Aiden stopped working, updated his résumé, surfed the Internet and played a little solitaire. In the software development world, this sad story is all too typical. The answer, according to software management consultant Johanna Rothman, is project portfolio management. Her book details the numerous benefits of this proven approach to project management. Although Rothman wrote this slightly repetitive guide specifically for the IT world – hence the jargon – anyone who regularly juggles an array of tasks with burning deadlines can pick up some useful fundamentals from her solid report. getAbstract recommends this savvy manual to software development managers, software engineers and related IT professionals, as well as project managers in other fields.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How project portfolio management can benefit software development companies and their developers, and
  • How to set up and use project portfolio management.

About the Author

Johanna Rothman is the president of Rothman Consulting Group, a software management consulting firm. She writes and lectures on project management and high-tech product development.



Juggling Projects
Many software development managers make their team members work on various projects simultaneously. This is a mistake. A manager’s job is to prioritize work, starting with avoiding multitasking, which is grossly inefficient and engenders slow progress – or none – on all...

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