Portfolio management consists mainly of making decisions about which initiatives to undertake, which initiatives not to pursue, and which resources are to be allocated to which portfolio component.
At least, that's how it is most commonly presented in textbooks and courses.
Indeed, it is all of that, but it is also so much more.
Portfolio management is, of course, about making these decisions, but, more accurately, it is about making them with the goal of creating value for an organization's wide population of stakeholders, both internal and external.
This value is not only expressed in financial terms but also in social terms.
The portfolio should create value for all stakeholders, who thereby support the portfolio organization and enable it to sustain itself.
Portfolio management is about the realization of strategic vision, achieving a purpose, and developing an intelligent way of using resources to benefit stakeholders.
This requires the ability to find a balance among the different dimensions of portfolio governance and among the constraints constantly shaping and reshaping the business environment.
This is what portfolio management is truly about; this is what organizational management is about.
The Four Pillars of Portfolio Management: Organizational Agility, Strategy, Risk, and Resources takes readers on a journey navigating the dimensions and constraints to be balanced and integrated as part of the portfolio and organizational decision-making process.
By balancing the requirements of strategic alignment with the exposure to risk and by reconciling resource demands with capability, a portfolio manager can develop and sustain an organization despite the constant and dynamic evolution of the business environment.
This book explains how to manage portfolios that create the agility all organizations require to survive and thrive.