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Thinking Portfolio provides the best tools and practices of portfolio management into Turku University of Applied Sciences’ Master School project management training


Thinking portfolio launched the social responsibility program Young Talent for Finnish universities on May 3, 2019. As part of the program, Thinking Portfolio provides a standard project portfolio free of charge for educational use. Nobody expected the upcoming covid-19 crisis in the spring of 2019, but it was clear [...]

Risk table extended to manage projects during Corona crisis


With more than 12,000 employees, the University Medical Centre Utrecht, of which the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital is a part, is one of the largest public healthcare institutions in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the region. UMC Utrecht has been using Thinking Portfolio since January 2018 to have an overview and insight about the ICT projects.

Focusing on the portfolio: How to bring development portfolio to the Senior Management agenda


What are the first steps Project Office, PMO, or the owner of a portfolio has to take to deliver portfolio information into the agenda of the Management Group? How to bring the portfolio to the core of strategic discussion and make each member of the Management Group interested in it? What triggers the Senior Management to focus on the Portfolio?

7 Critical Steps To Project Crisis Management


Every project manager knows just how stressful it can be to handle damage control in cases of distress. There's plenty of challenges that must be overcome for a successful project crisis management, and here are some of the best practices that every project manager can benefit from.

What Secrets Project Managers Should Learn From Airbnb?


There’s absolutely no doubt that Airbnb is growing exponentially in recent times. There were a total of over 150 million users on Airbnb as of April 2019, and since its launch, the company hosted 500 million guests. Much of its success can be attributed to its flawless project management. Here’s what project managers should learn from Airbnb’s strategy.

7 Things that Chief Financial Officer Should Do for a Project Manager


A Chief Financial Officer is a person who assists the organization with his financial expertise and takes charge of managing the monetary aspects of the company. The duties assigned to a Chief Financial Officer sometimes go beyond just finance and also treads into overall company management. Project management is an integral part of developing and delivering strategic initiatives, as it creates a structure for ensuring that the company’s goals are met appropriately.

Introducing market observations and future trends into portfolios


Individual projects in a portfolio may have significant impacts on risk absorption capacity, financial success and development. However, project management often fails to view individual projects from an overall perspective. From the perspective of overall organisational management, however, observing changes in the operating environment and economic cycles are key to [...]

Master’s Thesis on Thinking Portfolio’s brand community


Enthusiastic customers, networking, and sharing new ideas and solutions with each other were the first things to come to mind when my thesis advisor asked me to think about the features that make Thinking Portfolio different from other companies. Based on these insights, “The role of C2C relationships in B2B brand community – Case: Thinking Portfolio” became the topic of my thesis.

What Makes Women the Best Project Managers


Project Management - a largely male dominated domain until recently, is now seeing more and more well qualified women taking the helm. Being great communicators Women can use their communication skills to get an edge over men in project management. Being assertive without coming off as abrasive, and using gentle [...]

How to define simple success bonus for the project manager and project group?


Behind every successful project is a forward thinking project manager and their team. Project managers and their teams pour their blood, sweat, and tears into their projects. As a recognition of the hard work that team members put in and the sacrifices they make to steer the project in the right direction, businesses must design and implement a bonus plan for the project manager and their team.

6 Key Performance Indicators to Use to Ensure Success with Your Project Portfolio


A key performance indicator or KPI is a measured value indicating how effective an organization is in achieving its key business goals. In the context of project management, it demonstrates how successful the project was in benefiting all the people involved: stakeholders, customers, employees, and the community as well. Without [...]

Top 6 Benefits Of Kanban Board 


While Kanban today is a complicated system of elaborate protocols and operational standards, back in the days in Japan, it had humble origins of sticking cards containing information on various part trays, trolleys, and inventory assets. The cards represent the demand or the lack of it based on which processes and inventory will be managed downstream. Kanban boards are the philosophy of Kanban boiled down to management structures and dashboards. It is simply a board that is used to establish proper Kanban practices at work. 

How to Measure Impact Investment


Impact investing is a special type of capital investment where the investor is not only interested in earning revenue but also bring about a social or environmental change in a perceivable manner. Impact investing can be done in all kinds of markets, be it developed or emerging. Impact investment helps [...]

What could Project Managers learn from Traffic Jams


Traffic is a real-time dynamic system that is constantly changing. Every tiny change in traffic has repercussions down the line. The field of RTM or road traffic management has come about to manage such systems and prevent traffic jams and random congestion. These systems use data analytics to predict and manage traffic.

What makes Kanban Board different from Backlog


Following any kind of agile tactic requires the entire team to come together and work as one unit. Whether you utilize Kanban or scrum boards or Kanban backlogs, or a combination of the two such as Kanplan, without a top-down integration with the program, building an agile team is impossible.

Professional Community As Part Of A Good Project Culture


Every project manager worth their salt knows that the success of a project depends on the people working at it. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we say that there needs to be a sense of community surrounding any project. After all, the project’s success is dependent on cooperation and team spirit.