Agile Portfolio Management:
Five Core Frameworks for Product Portfolios 
Readers of this newsletter a fans of frameworks, canvases, metaphors and other “powers tools that help knowledge workers do their job better.

In this newsletter I’d like to highlight five frameworks that I think are amazing for portfolio management, especially when the portfolio has a number of products serving one or more market segments.

The first three frameworks promote strategic thinking and creative ways to create opportunities. The final two frameworks are more tactical and help portfolio teams create a sense of balance with a dash of reality. These frameworks are powerful compliments to the frameworks I’ve discussed in earlier newsletters. 
Innovation Ambition Matrix

Invented by Bansi Nagji andGeoff Tuff and described in detail in this HBR article, the Innovation Ambition Matrix uses two dimensions to help you identify opportunities. The X-axis captures the novelty of your technologies. The Y-axis captures the novelty of your markets. Together, they help you identify three areas for innovation: Core, Adjacent and Transformational..

Horizon Thinking

The Three Horizons framework from McKinsey provides a structure for companies to assess potential opportunities for growth without neglecting performance in the present.

Horizon one represents those core businesses most readily identified with the company name and those that provide the greatest profits and cash flow.
Horizon two encompasses emerging opportunities, including rising entrepreneurial ventures likely to generate substantial profits in the future but that could require considerable investment. 

Horizon three contains ideas for profitable growth down the road—for instance, small ventures such as research projects, pilot programs, or minority stakes in new businesses.
Sweet Spot of Strategy

Creating opportunity in a portfolio means finding a problem you can uniquely solve better than competing or alternative products. The Sweet Spot of Strategy is a powerful framework for helping you find these opportunities by giving a structure to exploring customer needs, competitive solutions and your own offerings.  

This framework is also derived from this HBR article, as HBR is the source of many Weave strategy frameworks!
Business Value

The Business Value framework helps portfolio teams create a balanced portfolio by asking them to organize and prioritize portfolio items into four key categories: New Business, Up Sell, Retainment and Operational Efficiency. 

Remember the Future

Remember the Future asks teams place themselves in the future by imagining that their portfolio goals and plans have been fully realized. They then work backward to provide the details of how they will have realized their goals. Using this framework will help ensure that your portfolio planning activities aren’t missing key items.

Note: Many Agile teams refer to "Remember the Future" as a "Futurespective".   


I hope you found at least one new framework on this list - and have made a commitment to try it! But it is, admittedly, my list. What’s yours? What are your favorite, high-impact, portfolio management frameworks? Drop me a line and let me know!
This newsletter series is focused on Agile Portfolio Management. Hold me accountable if I miss sending you one of these - and let me know if you want me to add something to the series.

Aug 27, 2018: Kickoff: Essential and Advanced Roadmapping
Aug 30, 2018: Participatory Budgeting and Stakeholder Engagement
Sep 6, 2018: Building Alignment on Personal and Portfolio Goals
Sep 13, 2018: 5 Core Frameworks for Product Portfolios
Sep 20, 2018: Multi-team Engagement
Sep 27, 2018: Reserving and Allocating Budgets