Portfolio management of a project

By Priya Chetty on February 15, 2012

In the recent trends of project management includes the portfolio management of project. The portfolio management of project is a movement by the organization to control the project to evaluate how well the projects will align with the goals of the strategy and quantify its value. The agency or company will decide to destroy the project with low money to dedicate the great resources to the remaining project.

Project Manager’s Responsibility:

The figure below shows the responsibilities of project manager (Patrick, 2005):

Responsibilities of project manager
Responsibilities of project manager

The Project Manager is responsible for everything that is required to make the project a success whether indirectly or directly. This is not like a typical role of hierarchical line management. The Project Manager is the head of everything related to the project. By controlling the contribution of peers and seniors is important to manage the team work. The project manager’s responsibilities are (Claude, 1983):

  • The needs of the Project Manager to manage upwards is to ensure that the reverse hierarchy comprise of the leadership of the organization and the sponsors of the project  are doing all that is required to guarantee for the project success (Paul, 2000).
  • The Project Manager is the main head for communicating with other projects, initiatives and departments within the organization, taking into account the contributions and needs of other internal groups (Marcus, 1999).
  • The Project Manager is similarly the major head of contact for feature requiring co-ordination and co-operation with the external parties such as the suppliers and contractors of the project, suppliers, regulatory bodies, customers and other third parties make sure that everything is in place to guarantee the success.
  • The Project Manager has the responsibility for the activities of all the participants of project, tasks of the project tasks and deliverables (Manus, 2006).

The Project Manager needs to achieve this without direct control over the participants. The Project Manager has no power over the leadership, or the external and internal contributors. In the project team there may be lending staff, sub-contractors and part-timers that have their prime loyalties (Parviz, 2000).



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  • Parviz F, the Advanced Project Management Office: A Comprehensive Look at Function and Implementation, CRC Press, 2002.

Priya is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Project Guru, a research and analytics firm based in Gurgaon. She is responsible for the human resource planning and operations functions. Her expertise in analytics has been used in a number of service-based industries like education and financial services.

Her foundational educational is from St. Xaviers High School (Mumbai). She also holds MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, Delhi (2008).

Some of the notable projects she has worked on include:

  • Using systems thinking to improve sustainability in operations: A study carried out in Malaysia in partnership with Universiti Kuala Lumpur.
  • Assessing customer satisfaction with in-house doctors of Jiva Ayurveda (a project executed for the company)
  • Predicting the potential impact of green hydrogen microgirds (A project executed for the Government of South Africa)

She is a key contributor to the in-house research platform Knowledge Tank.

She currently holds over 300 citations from her contributions to the platform.

She has also been a guest speaker at various institutes such as JIMS (Delhi), BPIT (Delhi), and SVU (Tirupati).