Common Types of Resistance to Project Portfolio Management

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Common types of resistance to project portfolio management Project portfolio management can enable an organization to prune redundant or overlapping projects, use resources more effectively and to keep closer watch on projects' progress to ensure projects do not go over-budget or overtime (Solomon 2002:1). However, despite the technique's obvious advantages, it can meet with profound resistance when it is implemented in practice. 'Turf wars' are common at many organizations, in which representatives of various departments jockey for scarce resources. Every department has its 'pet projects' that it may fear losing to overly rigorous scrutiny. A member of one project may be angry if he or she perceives another project to be favored during the portfolio management process, particularly if it is made up of members of a rival department. Portfolio management means continually evaluating which projects can maximize value for the organization, and there will inevitably be bruised feelings if a project is shuttled or reprioritized. Resistance in such instances may take the form of open complaints, as members of the offended team going over the heads of supervisors to upper-level management to complain. Or resistance may take a more subtle form, as workers complain behind the backs of managers about the members of the other projects they believe have been given more favorable status. Passive resistance, or refusing to work without directly challenging managers or complaining, can
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