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30 01, 2014

Project Prioritization is Not Enough: Why No One Uses Optimization for R&D Portfolio Management, and Why You Should

By |2017-05-23T15:42:01-08:00January 30th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

R&D-driven organizations face the constant challenge of deciding whether to continue funding existing projects and when to start new initiatives. The overwhelming majority of firms will use project prioritization to rank the opportunities as part of that exercise, with a small minority suspecting that optimization is better suited to the task of project selection.

So if is it so well-suited to the task, why isn’t optimization used and how should it be used?

Why (Almost) No One Uses Optimization

Optimization seems like something for hard-core geeks, a method that would be hard to understand and even harder to explain to management. How could we possibly explain something that throws around terms like ‘simplex’, ‘branch and bound’, and ‘simulated annealing’?


1 01, 2014

Bubble Builder: A Free Online App

By |2017-05-23T15:42:01-08:00January 1st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Happy New Year from Enrich!

Looking for a way to create life-cycle and annotated bubble charts from your portfolio data set? Bubble Builder is a free online app from Enrich that you can use to create bubble charts quickly and easily. Just paste your data from Excel directly into your browser and click the ‘Chart Data’ button. You can select the data columns to use for each axis, as well as for bubble size and bubble color. Additional controls let you

  • annotate the chart with a label for each item,
  • overlay the chart with median values,
  • sum items in each category,
  • fine tune the axis ranges, and
  • sum data for items in each category.

Create charts like this in seconds with Bubble Builder

Create charts like this in seconds with Bubble Builder

With Bubble Builder, you can build traditional bubble charts as well as ‘category’ bubble charts (like the one pictured on the right) that use data fields such as ‘Program Status’ or ‘Program Phase’ to classify your projects. These types of charts have long been the bane of portfolio analysts, because they can’t be built easily in Excel but are in high demand by executives.


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