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 to us that companies needed faster responsiveness combined with holistic management. We wanted to commit ourselves in increasing the skills and understanding of portfolio management for entry-level project professionals.
Turku University of Applied Sciences is already a familiar partner to us. We have participated in the Project Breakfast event organized by Turku University of Applied Sciences, and our experts have held seminars on portfolio management and program management to the participants of the Turku University of Applied Sciences advanced studies courses in Project Management.
In early 2020, we were offered a unique opportunity to compile a project portfolio suitable for project management studies together with the Turku University of Applied Sciences Master School project team. We eagerly seized the opportunity, and the actual work was commenced in March 2020. As this was the first Young Talent portfolio for us as well, the operating models and the content of the portfolio were modified as part of the project. The most crucial output for us was, of course, a standardized project portfolio data model that is ideal for both portfolio and project management. The project team also completed the primary user and operating instructions.
From Young Talent to Portfolio Master Talent
The collaboration with the project team was enthusiastic on both sides and we kept challenging each other.
In the beginning, it soon became apparent that this is something different than Young Talent we had initially thought. To describe it better, we decided to rename our program the Thinking Portfolio Master Talent. Students are all working professionals in project management – typically in the role of a project manager, for example.
Our application consultant implemented the jointly defined changes to the portfolio, and the project team performed acceptance testing. The schedule was tight, but the goal was reached, although the timetable looked next to impossible at the beginning! We worked on the portfolio every couple of weeks, and at the end of May, it was complete.
It will be interesting to see which college will take up the challenge next and how the Thinking Portfolio’s Master Talent program will evolve – maybe to new portfolio types!