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Benefits Realization Over ROI

Benefits Realization Over ROI

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Picking projects purely based on ROI is a narrow lens.

Sandra A. Swanson writes about  using a broader approach for picking projects in her article, “All Things Considered”, in PM Network magazine.

Swanson quotes R. Max Wideman, author of A Management Framework for Project, Program, and Portfolio Integration, on his perspective:  “Benefits realization is a much broader concept and encompasses not only financial gain, but all those intangibles such as improved working conditions, ease of use, work force satisfaction, and improvement in corporate morale."

My key take away from the article is that projects should be picked because of ROI and alignment to top strategic issues.  When it's tough to show the ROI or strategic relevance, than consider the following factors:
- meeting regulatory standards
- improving quality
- ensuring business continuity

  • If find it myopic to consider ROI to only encompass financial metrics. It is good to read your blog referring to it broader context.

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