A throw away comment in a recent meeting really made me sit up:
“We only have capacity for 20 projects in our business.”
The comment was made by a manager of a PMO who is keen to develop project management skills of others in the business still further.
I have often suggested we need to:
1. develop a list of key projects for the company
2. identify which ones do and which do not fit with the overall strategy
3. get rid of those that fall into 2 above focusing on key business projects
The capacity comment takes the above 3 points a very important stage further. It looks not only at the totality of the project list but the priorities and the resources. We often find that companies are not focussed on the key projects. There is a lack of information; such as project management capacity,including project priorities.
Key questions for those involved in project management
So, my key questions to you are what is your capacity and how does the current list match up to this in terms of numbers?
If you cannot answer, there is some serious work to be done