What Is Top Down PPM?

Top down portfolio management is an approach to implementing project portfolio management (PPM) software that helps to minimize organizational change and promote solution adoption. Opposed to the bottom up approach to PPM which focuses on improving individual project execution through detailed task management, top down portfolio management focuses on improving the portfolio alignment and prioritization process, improving project execution, and delivering more value via better project planning.

For organizations that are newer to portfolio management, top down is often the recommended approach to PPM by leading industry analysts, project management office (PMO) consultants and thought-leaders.

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"With all projects in one place, managers now know who's working on what in which project, enabling senior management more visibility."

Jim Cook
IT Project Manager
Ferris State University

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