Improving Project Portfolio Management (PPM) for Improvement Projects

Jan Pries-Heje, Peter M. Jakobsen, Morten Korsaa, Jørn Johansen

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Project Portfolio Management (PPM) focus on the integration and alignment of projects with the business operation in order to achieve most value and cost-efficiency for the investment in projects. PPM is often a challenge and especially so for improvement projects where PPM is considerably underdeveloped. In this paper, we present an approach that combines the ImprovAbility model and assessment with a version of a CMMI assessment developed by the Danish company Whitebox. This approach was developed in the world-leading Wind Turbine Company Vestas. The paper presents and discusses this new way of evaluating a portfolio of improvement projects and combine this evaluation with the effect they have on the CMMI maturity level. Further, the paper demonstrates how the combination of a strong senior management requirement for improved maturity and the focus on getting the most value out of PPM made it possible for Vestas to become “better at getting better”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystems, Software and Services Process Improvement : 24th European Conference, EuroSPI 2017, Ostrava, Czech Republic, September 6–8, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsJakub Stolfa, Svatopluk Stolfa, Rory V O'Connor, Richard Messnarz
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-64217-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-64218-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event24th European Conference on Software Process Improvement - Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Duration: 6 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 24


Conference24th European Conference on Software Process Improvement
LocationTechnical University of Ostrava
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
Internet address
SeriesCommunications in Computer and Information Science


  • Improvement
  • Maturity
  • Process improvement
  • Success with improvement
  • CMMI
  • ImprovAbility

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