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Management of Portfolios (MoP®) study guide mind map

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Steps in a evolutionary implementation of MoP® (7)

1. Obtain a single, complete view of the organization’s portfolio of change initiatives - inc. costs, benefits, schedule, risks and performance to date

2. Complete a portfolio delivery plan and monitor progress against it on a regular basis

3. Start tracking completed programme and project performance compared to forecast and use this in initiative forecasting

4. Review the current portfolio and identify dependencies - not only those where one initiative is dependent on the output of another, but also where several initiatives make calls upon a limited resource

5. Establish clear governance structures so that stakeholders understand where decisions are made and using what criteria

6. Define a standard set of investment criteria including attractiveness / return and achievability / risk in terms of the incremental impact on the existing portfolio, to be used to appraise and prioritize initiatives

7. Apply staged release of funding linked to stage / phase gates

MoP® Official resources

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MoP® sample exams, available online

MoP® examination syllabus

MoP® glossary

MoP® website

MoP® Official publications

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Management of Portfolios

An Executive Guide to Portfolio Management

MoP® - process based standard and framework (not methodology) for general (not industry specific e.g. IT or Engineering) corporate-wide / holistic Portfolio Management. MoP® is one of the 12 recognized globally and practically proven management standards from AXELOS® Global Best Practice family of UK standards.

MoP® first and current version was published in 02.2011.

How MoP® fits into AXELOS® Global Best Practices family of UK standards.

AXELOS® Global Best Practices family of standards from UK.

Since 2000 the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), former owner of PRINCE2® (and other Best Management Practices) has been the custodian of the portfolio on behalf of UKG. In June 2010 as a result of UKG reorganisation the Minister for the Cabinet Office announced that the PRINCE2® functions have moved into Cabinet Office.

MoP® consists of: 5 Principles, 2 Portfolio Management Cycles, 12 Portfolio Practices, 6 Key Functions, 3 Portfolio Approaches, 7 Steps, 5 Roles, 9 Documents.

Download: Best Management Practice - MoP Overview presentation [2011]

MoP® Portfolio Management Principles (5)

What are principles?

1. Senior Management Commitment

2. Governance Alignment

3. Strategy Alignment

4. Portfolio Office

5. Energized Change Culture

MoP® Portfolio Management Cycles (2)

Portfolio management does not have a mandated start point, middle or end, rather all practices are found within two continuous portfolio management cycles: the portfolio definition cycle and portfolio delivery cycle.

Both Cycles must continuously rotate because planning and delivery are constant activities in PfM.

Both Cycles contain the totality of all PfM Practices.

The Cycles can only rotate successfully when the collective energy of the people within the organisation is directed and managed in effectively.

Portfolio Definition Cycle

Portfolio Delivery Cycle

MoP® Portfolio Practices (12)

MoP® Portfolio Definition Cycle Practices (5)

MoP® Portfolio Delivery Cycle Practices (7)

MoP® Roles and Responsibilities (5)

Portfolio Direction Group or Investment Committee (PDG/IC)

Portfolio Progress Group (PPG) or Change Delivery Commitee (CDC)

Business Change Director or Portfolio Director

Portfolio Manager

Portfolio Benefits Manager

Approaches to implementing portfolio management (3)

There is no one right way to implement portfolio management – it all depends on the circumstances

Big bang


Ad hoc

Objectives of Portfolio Management

1. The change initiatives that are being delivered (and those in the development pipeline) represent the optimum allocation of resources in the context of the organization’s strategic objectives, available resources, and risk or achievability.

2. The portfolio is sufficient to achieve the desired contribution to strategic objectives.

3. All initiatives are necessary to achieve the desired contribution to strategic objectives.

4. The selected change initiatives are delivered effectively and cost efficiently.

5. All the potential benefits are realized.

Benefits of Portfolio Management

1. More of the ‘right’ programmes and projects being undertaken in terms of: greater financial benefits and measurable contribution to strategic objectives.

2. Removal of redundant & duplicate initiatives.

3. More effective implementation of programmes and projects via management of the project development pipeline, dependencies, and constraints (including resources, skills, infrastructure, change appetite, etc.) and redirecting resources when programmes and projects do not deliver or are no longer making a sufficient strategic contribution.

4. More efficient resource utilization.

5. Greater benefits realization via active approaches to exploitation of the capacity and capability created across the organization, capturing and disseminating lessons learnt.

6. Enhanced transparency, accountability and corporate governance - and assurance on consistent and competent programme and project management.

7. Improved engagement and communication between relevant stakeholders in communicating strategic objectives, and the means by which they will be achieved.

8. Improved awareness of aggregated risks.

9. The benefits from senior managers engaging in debate on the contents of the portfolio.

10. Improved cross-organizational collaboration in pursuit of shared goals.

MoP® Portfolio Management Key Functions / Activities (6)

The 6 key functions/activities that Portfolio Management needs to coordinate with to achieve strategic objectives

1. Business As Usual (BaU)

2. Strategic/Business planning

3. Budgeting and resource allocation

4. Programme and project management

5. Performance management

6. Corporate governance

MoP® Products (Portfolio Documentation) (9)

Portfolio Management Framework

Portfolio Strategy

Portfolio Delivery Plan

Portfolio Benefits Management Framework

Portfolio Benefits Realization Plan

Portfolio Financial Plan

Portfolio Resource Schedule

Portfolio Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plan

Portfolio Dashboard

Basic Definitions (according to AXELOS®)

Portfolios / Programme / Project Management

Project / Programme / Portfolios

Output, Capability, Outcome, Benefits

Interactive MoP® Glossary

Interactive MoP® Glossary

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Organisational Energy (4)

Organisational Energy represents the collective effort, motivation, teamwork, management and leadership that is critical in order to keep the PfM Cycles rotating.

A focus on Organisational Energy links to the human side of change and hence Change Management.





MoP® Lite Techniques (9)

Driver-based strategic contribution assessment

Three-point estimating and reference class forecasting

Multi-criteria analysis


Staged release of funding

One version of truth reporting

The champion-challenger model

Clear line of sight planning and reporting

Management by exception