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

puzzle piecesWithin 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
  1. Apr. 16, 2019Introducing the Community of Practice Chats
    In response to feedback collected from our members, the Project and Portfolio Management Community of Practice (PPM CoP) is excited to introduce the pilot of PPM CoP Chats.
    What is it?
    PPM CoP Chats will be 30-minute sessions where attendees can come together to share experiences, discuss challenges or lessons learned, exchange ideas and tools, and advance our understanding of PPM topics.
    Please come prepared to talk about your experience, feedback and/or questions about each topic.
    No experience required, all are welcome!
    We hope you will find the PPM CoP Chats a worthwhile event to expand your knowledge of the various tools and best practices available to support successful delivery of projects!
    Questions? Please contact Pam Fluttert (fluttert@uwaterloo.ca) or Connie van Oostveen (connie.vanoostveen@uwaterloo.ca).
  2. Aug. 20, 2018PPM CoP makes CUCCIO Fast Five

    The Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Community of Practice (CoP) professional development series made the CUCCIO Fast Five, a weekly selection of the top five IT news stories in higher education IT, affecting Canadian universities.


  3. Aug. 14, 2018New site for Community of Practice PD series

    A new website has been launched to support the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Community of Practice (CoP) professional development series. Community members can visit the site to learn more about project and portfolio management; explore (and share their own) project and portfolio resources, tools, and templates; and discover how they can engage with other community members.

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  1. July 30, 20182017 project lessons learned

    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.

  2. July 25, 2018What is portfolio in Project Portfolio Management?

    What is a portfolio?

    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.

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