Analytic Tools That Drive Strategic Alignment and Project Portfolio
Companies struggle to balance their finite
capacity for software development work, against an insatiable appetite for
ever-increasing new projects. Over-committed development organizations
suffer from reduced performance and missed expectations.
Even when the corporate strategy is well articulated, executive
stakeholders often view business priorities through different tactical
lenses. Exposing and correcting tactical misalignments / wishful thinking
(both sources of tactical de-coherence) is challenging. But unless hidden
contexts are uncovered and resolved, development can get de-focused and
This presentation describes an improved method to flush-out tactical
de-coherence and better manage the project portfolio. Visualization models
based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process and the Theory of Constraints
encourage planning stakeholders to articulate their strategic contexts,
hear others, and re-align around coherent objectives. Specific interactive
models will be described and multiple client cases highlighted. The models
and decision support process permits groups like sales, product
management, QA, manufacturing, technical support, etc. to participate as
equal partners in project prioritization.
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About the Speaker
Ross Seider is a 40 year veteran in New England's high technology
engineering community. Ross founded On-Fire Associates in December 2001
and is responsible for its tools and technology practices. His previous
role was with Akamai Technology Inc. where he served as Vice President
Development and Network Operations. At Akamai, Ross was responsible for
the development and operational integrity of a dozen web-based content
delivery network services that fueled Akamai's growth from $4.5 million in
1999 to over $160 million.
Prior to Akamai, Ross held multiple engineering and management leadership
positions with Motorola Inc., most notably the Vice President and General
Manager of the Transmission Products Business Unit, a highly profitable
$125 million business division.
Other positions held by Ross include;
VP Engineering and Co-founder, Concord Communications Inc.
VP Engineering and Co-fonder, Concord Data Systems
Senior Director of Applications Engineering, Codex Corporation
Ross Holds a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from
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