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Part 1 – Framing the Project Portfolio Management Problem
Develop a decision framework for project portfolio management at XYZ:
• What are the objectives?
• What are the constraints?
• What are the risks involved?
• What are your alternatives?
• What information is required for project portfolio management at XYZ and how can it be collected?

Part 2 – Project Valuation
Before thinking about appropriate portfolio decisions, the value of each project in the portfolio needs to be determined. How would you determine the value of the following project (‘Project 1’) in XYZ’s portfolio, a project in the pre-clinical phase, part of the Oncology therapeutic area? What additional information would you collect? Which quantitative tool(s) might help you in determining the value of the project?


Part 3 – Project Risk
When implementing project 1, you face technical and market risk. How would you assess the risks embedded in Project 1? What additional information would you collect? Which quantitative tool(s) might help you in determining the project risk?

Part 4 – Project Portfolio Decisions
Suppose that next year’s R&D budget for the oncology area has been reduced to $50 million. How would you decide which projects to continue, and which to put on hold? What additional information would you collect? Which quantitative tool(s) might help you in determining the best portfolio?
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    September 2005

    Project Portfolio Management
    at XYZ Pharma
    Early morning, Monday 29th August 2005. John Smith, head of portfolio management and strategic
    planning, was paging through the slides he...
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