Optimizing a Project Portfolio

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“Leaders can ensure their teams are working on the right projects to achieve their vision through a robust Portfolio Management methodology.”
-- Acquis Innovation in Established Companies Insight Paper
Without execution, the best strategy is nothing more than an empty promise. At Acquis we help our clients focus their teams on the right initiatives at the right time to achieve their strategies by developing and deploying a sound Portfolio Management methodology.

Whether you are a C-level executive or departmental leader, it is key that you effectively prioritize the activities your team focuses on to ensure you optimally utilize resources to achieve your objectives.

It starts with having clear goals, and metrics for measuring your achievement against those goals. Every organization and team has different goals, but from gaining market share, to better communication with key stakeholders, to reducing costs, a method can be developed for measuring the likelihood of an activity, helping the team make progress.

With your goals in mind, your team can develop a list of activities that can be evaluated against their likely impact. Your team can then utilize a rubric to help determine which activities should be pursued and how resources should be allocated to maximize impact.

Most organizations have multiple goals. When evaluating a proposed list of activities, it is helpful to review several views to ensure a balanced portfolio across your goals. There is typically no single correct answer. Optimizing your project portfolio requires a blend of quantitative and qualitative analysis that leverages both your experience and instinct, as well as rigorous analysis. This will ensure you make informed decisions.
Our Approach

We view every one of our engagements as a partnership built on a strong foundation from the very start. We seek to understand first, so your challenges become our challenges, and in turn, opportunities for resolution.

We keep execution in view while helping you create strategies and design solutions. We think about sustainable solutions that fit your needs. We work with you to create the clear path to success. We continue to listen, but objectively challenge priorities and identify risks.

We roll up our sleeves to do the work. We help you establish the right pace and rhythm, while continually tracking and measuring status and progress. We will know when your team needs to adjust to changing business conditions.

We do more than deliver success. In transferring ownership of the solution, we work to elevate and empower your organization with a capacity and ambition for continuous improvement.

We put you and your people first.
This is our approach.

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“I put myself in the shoes of my sponsor, looking to innovate in their best interests and in keeping with company culture. Their time is at a premium so I endeavor to be an extensible and trusted asset.”
-- Doug Locke
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Client Profile
A leading pharmaceutical company committed to scientific innovation
Life Sciences
A leading pharmaceutical company, committed to scientific innovation, sought to create an industry changing portfolio management approach. The organization recently became an autonomous business unit and needed an independent portfolio approach to strategically navigate an evolving legal environment and quantify its value to customers and to the company. The organization needed a new portfolio management strategy and supporting portfolio management tool to enable tradeoff decisions based on optimizing its mission, rather than return on investment.
Approach: Think + Do
Acquis partnered with the client to define a new portfolio management strategy and create a tool to operationalize the approach. We collaborated with key stakeholders across the organization to develop and lead a multi-phase product rollout that met customer needs. We focused on helping the client to define a new taxonomy for portfolio management, translating innovative and strategic concepts into a practical tool to operationalize change, understanding and addressing organizational interdependencies to manage rollout risks, and supporting stakeholder adoption of new approaches through extensive training and knowledge exchange.
We established the organization as a value driver for its customers and business colleagues by quantifying its value. We created a new “currency” for the value of activities, proving that benefits can be measured in metrics other than dollars. We enabled a successful rollout amidst organizational change, and helped solidify the organization as the innovator in its field. We launched a new portfolio management product, empowering the organization to make more informed and measurable decisions.
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