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Welcome to UW's Project & Portfolio Management Community of Practice

Established in May 2018, the Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) community of practice (CoP) is an environment open to University of Waterloo employees and students interested in sharing experiences, ideas, best practices and lessons for managing portfolios and projects.

Building the Community

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Within this site, you will find contact information, opportunities for networking, links to resources, upcoming events, blogs about related PPM topics, and information on how to become a member.

Vision & Values

Continuously improve, evolve, share, and accelerate learning of PPM practices at the University of Waterloo through regular engagement and thought partnerships.

The community encourages and values:

  • Knowledge sharing
  • Diversity and inclusiveness in roles and projects at UW
  • PPM evolution and continuous improvement
  • Building a common language
  • Trusting relationships
  • Group wisdom
  • Career development


Monday, July 30, 2018

2017 project lessons learned

by Pam Fluttert

One of the advantages of coming together as a community is to learn from what others have experienced. Within Information Systems & Technology (IST), we recently completed an analysis of our 2017 project lessons learned. These lessons are a combination of opportunities for improvement and things that went well for projects.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What is portfolio in Project Portfolio Management?

by Connie van Oostveen

Like Project Management, Program Management, and Business Analysis, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has a body of knowledge for Portfolio Management. PMI defines “a portfolio (or project portfolio) as a collection of projects or programs and other work that are grouped together to facilitate effective management of that work to meet strategic business objectives. The projects or programs of the portfolio may not necessarily be interdependent or directly related. These components of a portfolio are quantifiable; that is, they can be measured, ranked and prioritized." Portfolios can be along organizational lines and multiple organizational units may be involved, for example: Information Systems & Technology (IST) portfolio, strategic portfolio, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) portfolio, Finance portfolio. They can be related to a business topic and can cross organizational boundaries. Examples of business-related portfolios area student applications portfolio or IT services portfolio.