Highly recommended book 'Connecting the Dots' by Cathleen Benko and F. Warren McFarlan
The book speaks about organization decision frameworks, provides a good mix of practical and strategic advice. I found the book's frameworks easy to understand and functional; highly recommended, very interactive and a good cheat sheet of vocabulary to working through the often painful process of prioritizing our many ongoing and pending projects. Overall, the book gets you thinking about the importance of your project portfolio and how it can help you prepare for uncertainty. It then provides interesting tools and techniques for achieving greater alignment.
The book is an easy to read and engaging. Lots of historical references and analogies. Moreover, the book doesn't "preach at you", rather it understands that each business has it's own context. And recognizes that you don't need to adopt all their recommendations and techniques.
For theoretical thinkers, I'd read quickly chapter 6 Taming the future. They are for people who like to go through the details. I found Chapter 1 was a great overview and Chapter 4 provided concise summaries of all the tools and techniques. If you are looking for a practical but sound approach to producing results, I recommend this book.
If you do read the book, do not hesitate to email me any feedback.
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