Several years ago, I attended an excellent talk given by the CIO of
Welch's, who presented the process which his organization had adopted
for selecting and prioritizing projects. The approach which Welch's
uses was developed and formalized by an external consultant and ranks
projects using criteria determined by business objectives and likelihood
I subsequently learned that Northeastern University had adopted the same
methodology. Bob Weir, their CIO, published an article on
Northeastern's approach in the January, 2004, Educause Quarterly. You
may want to take a look at the article or contact him directly.
This question has also come up on the Project Management Constituent
Group's Listserv, where many great approaches have been discussed. You
may want to look at that as well.
Deborah L. Nanni, Ph.D.
169 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144
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Peter Kahn wrote:
> I was wondering if anyone of you had a formal (as in agreed to and used)
> process or framework to [help] prioritize projects for work, especially in
> advance of a new fiscal year.
> This has been a thorny issue over the years, justifying which projects go
> forward and which don't. Some of it is quite straightforward (regulatory
> changes), some are tradeoffs and some (in the case of new technology) are
> [somewhat] leaps of faith.
> The tradeoffs, especially between departments are where I am most interested in
> seeing other approaches.
> Please forward these to me at [
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> Thanks in advance.
> Peter A. Kahn
> Director, Enterprise Systems Services
> Information & Technology Services
> Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
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> Toronto, ON M9W 5L7
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