Initiated, implemented and maintained properly, portfolio scheduling can provide invaluable information to its users. This presentation will provide examples of some of the benefits of portfolio scheduling. The presentation will also discuss the implementation of some of the key processes required to ensure success in the development of a portfolio scheduling system.

Some of the key components to the development of successful portfolio scheduling systems are the establishment of criteria for portfolio governance, engagement of the project stakeholders; uniformity in the project schedules; quality of scheduling; and effective dashboards, tables, and reports that deliver useful data to the end user in an easily discernible manner.

The use of a portfolio scheduling system enables management to strategically prioritize which projects best meet the organization’s goals, plan for contingencies, and calculate risk at the portfolio level. The goal is to provide insightful and actionable information to the executive management responsible for managing a complex and seemingly disparate portfolio of projects.

The authors, John Philbrick and Francisco Cruz, have drawn upon their experience working for a large electric utility and a government agency with a multi-billion dollar per year work program. The paper was presented at AACE’s 2017 Annual Meeting.

John C. Philbrick, PE CCP
Francisco A. Cruz Moreno, PE

Presented at AACEi Annual Meeting 2017

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