Connecting the Dots: Aligning Projects With Objectives in Unpredictable Times

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Organizations are struggling for greater return on their multibillion-dollar technology and project-related investments. Individual projects may be useful, but when examined collectively, they often work at cross-purposes, duplicate each other's efforts, or aim for obsolescing business objectives. And all are competing for scarce resources. In today's earnings-driven business environment, companies must look to their portfolios to better deliver on objectives and propel the organization forward.Based on their experience with a variety of companies, authors Cathleen Benko and distinguished professor F. Warren McFarlan have developed an alignment approach that better connects an organization's project portfolio to its corporate objectives in a manner responsive to today's unpredictable environment."Connecting the Dots" provides a scalable framework and practical tools for better aligning a company's: project portfolio with its objectives; individual projects with each other; and portfolio and objectives with the volatile environment. Better-aligned companies enhance business/technology performance by increasing shareholder value and confidence and improving the portfolio's return on investment. This in-the-trenches guidebook helps companies capture this latent value while building a more adaptive organization. Cathleen Benko is Braxton's Global e-Business Leader. F. Warren McFarlan is the Senior Associate Dean and Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

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"At a time when corporations are cash-constrained, yet under enormous competitive pressures, the authors answer a critical question: How can an enterprise best align its spending with its strategic priorities? Connecting the Dots is a must-read."
—Hank Paulson, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs

"It’s rare to find a book that offers both insight and practical guidance for driving greater value. Connecting the Dots does just that, regardless of what industry you are in. And it does so in a way that you can use when you get into the office tomorrow."
— Chris Poleway, President of FORTUNE Group Magazines

"Aligning business direction, cultural traits, and information technology sounds simple—but it never is. Connecting the Dots is a refreshing and practical guide for getting it done."
—Ralph Szygenda, CIO of General Motors

"Connecting the Dots is groundbreaking work. Alignment has eluded executives for decades resulting in obscene amounts of waste. Benko and McFarlan team up to provide what hasn’t been accessible before: a practical, richly balanced framework that starts with what is and powerfully guides the reader to what can and should be."
—Richard L. Nolan, William Barclay Harding Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

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Cathleen A. Benko is Deloitte Consulting's Global e-Business Practice Leader. She speaks frequently on this topic at A-level IT conferences. Warren McFarlan is the Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School.

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