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Michael Hanford
Research Director
3 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

Michael Hanford is a research director and analyst with Gartner's Program and Portfolio Management service. Mr. Hanford's research spans both the private and public sector, including implementation and capabilities evolution for portfolio management, large-scale program management… Read Full Bio

Gartner’s PPM and IT Governance Summit – A Sign of the Times

by Michael Hanford  |  September 29, 2009

Two weeks ago, Gartner launched its new PPM and IT Governance Summit event, in Orlando Florida. How did this event fare, in a bad economic climate?  It was extraordinarily well attended, with some 450 folks interested in the PPM and IT Governance spaces.  From a demographics point of view, some 40% (give or take) of […]

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Initiative Value: A Constant? A Variable?

by Michael Hanford  |  September 24, 2009

Many times, in speaking with clients, about the subject of project portfolio management, the discussion turns to the idea of the “value” inherent in one initiative; and, as compared to other initiatives within the portfolio. There is no (or at least very little) disagreement, that a consideration for the approval of new initiatives, and for […]

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Pipeline Contents – Communicating with Executives

by Michael Hanford  |  September 8, 2009

A fairly common discussion item with Gartner clients is how to reduce the contents of the pipeline of projects to a simple form in order to present it to an executive review group. The advice that I give most often, is to present this collection of proposed items in some form of comparison. Fundamentally, we […]

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Adopting Project Portfolio Management – the 3 “Cs”

by Michael Hanford  |  August 27, 2009

OK, so you want to get started (or have been told to get started) with project portfolio management. The adoption of portfolio management is an organizational change effort. Such efforts require, typically, a lengthy period of time to succeed; and to judge the impact and effectiveness of the change. They also, typically, require the commitment […]

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Where Do I Start With IT “Governance”?

by Michael Hanford  |  August 4, 2009

A popular question lately is one framed along the lines of: “What are the best practices / a model / the ultimate answer, for me to employ to improve my organization’s IT governance”. Let me say that if I had the “ultimate answer” to better governance in organizations, I would patent it at once; and […]

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Program Management – What Do The Stakeholders Want?

by Michael Hanford  |  July 30, 2009

A term that is much used in a variety of methods for program and project management is that of “stakeholder”. The authors of these methods exhort us to “identify stakeholders”, or to create “stakeholder lists”. I find it interesting that, with a few exceptions, the methods authors (I used to be one) never ask the […]

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Initiative Value: A Constant? A Variable?

by Michael Hanford  |  July 22, 2009

I’ve had a number of recent discussions about the idea of the “value” inherent in one initiative; and, as compared to other initiatives within a project portfolio. For most of the folks with whom I discuss this topic, value is seen as a one-time discussion, associated with review and approval of new initiatives. “After all”, […]

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Portfolio Mgmt – When Agendas Compete

by Michael Hanford  |  July 17, 2009

“How”, I was recently asked, “Can I include and resolve the needs of different business groups, some of which are almost direct opposites; and still manage our portfolio at the enterprise level?”Those who manage the enterprise portfolio often get to feel like a rope in a multi-way game of tug-of-war — both stretched and a […]

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Adopting Portfolio Management – the 3 “Cs”

by Michael Hanford  |  July 16, 2009

A question that we in Gartner’s PPM practice get asked a great deal, about the discipline of portfolio management, goes something like: “I want to get started with portfolio management. Are there just a few, key, points which I can use to focus my approach?” The short answer is: “…yes, with a few qualifiers”. So, […]

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