If you have a tech portfolio, you know that it grows with every job, and that it’s important to keep track of each job’s accomplishments as you go.
In tech we use technology as a tool to enhance our work environment. We build bridges, we create tools, we create systems. We use technology for everything from customer service to marketing to development to sales to accounting to operations. But in order to take care of our technology, we need some sort of system to keep track of our growth projects and our individual projects.
The thing that separates the two most successful technology management systems is that we manage our technology portfolio by taking time to analyze our progress, and then we allocate our time to the projects that will make the greatest impact. We can’t get distracted by the fact that our technology is still evolving because we can’t predict the future. We need a system that allows us to plan for the future, and then we can allocate our time to work on the projects that will make the biggest impact.
The future is already here. Its in our hands as technology managers and developers. We can use information about current trends to create platforms that are more adaptive and dynamic than the ones we currently have, or we can plan for the future by using predictive models. We are in the midst of a big change in how we do technology development, and we need to adjust and adapt if we want to maximize productivity.
Technology portfolios are an interesting set of tools. With portfolios we can create a framework for all the different types of projects, from simple to complex, from short term to long term, from static to dynamic. It can become a map for the future of technology development. In the past we’ve all had a “go-to” project that has defined our careers. This has been my most productive time. The most flexible and dynamic I’ve worked on.
As our own careers have evolved, we’ve changed our portfolio management skills. We have an intuitive understanding of what types of projects are best suited to a certain skill level, and how to choose them. We’re also more flexible in our approach to project work, more willing to take on large complex projects and have a more collaborative approach to the process. This is great for us. For others its a barrier to getting stuff done.
I think the benefits of being able to manage projects on a team, collaborate with team members, and be able to work on multiple projects at the same time really come from the ability to be able to think more holistically, as opposed to having to focus on a single project at a time. A good portfolio manager is a good portfolio manager. In other words, we work on multiple projects that we think are good candidates for each other.
A portfolio manager, who manages a portfolio of projects and wants to keep them all in sync and focused.
One of the biggest things that a portfolio manager will want to do is to keep it current. Like a financial manager, a portfolio manager needs to keep track of all of their projects and how they are performing. In other words, the portfolio manager is usually the one who says, “Okay, I know this project isn’t doing well and it looks like it’s not getting the support it needs.
A portfolio manager is another thing that can get in the way of a project. The portfolio manager may want to do another project, while wanting to keep track of the project that they have. If they dont keep track of the projects, they will be difficult to manage.