Smarter R&D and Product Portfolio Evaluation

A crowd-driven approach to allocate resources more intelligently across your portfolio.

Challenge

The decision to expand, cut, and maintain investments in your R&D or product portfolio is based on a quarterly - or more infrequent - portfolio review, where a small number of executives are asked to make funding level decisions. Unfortunately this process is inefficient, biased, and over-complicated, leading to throwing good money after bad. Your teams already know a project is likely to make or miss its objectives, yet millions continue to be mis-allocated anyway.

Solution

We work with you to provide a systematic, objective approach that can lead to higher yields on your investment. Our Cultivate Forecasts platform uses state-of-the-art human forecasting aggregation methods with your employees and business partners to get a holistic view of how the entire portfolio is performing and giving you critical comparison points to better allocate resources. You’ll collect ongoing probabilistic forecasts so you understand project risks and performance as early as possible and can course correct or double down. While traditional portfolio reviews are typically slave to an arbitrary calendar date, our solution gives you insight when you need it to constantly optimize your investment strategy for a greater competitive edge.

For example, you'll be able to collect crowdsourced forecasts on how likely it will be projects meet their objectives vs. staying on budget:

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Key Benefits

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Real-time probabilistic forecasts (of what your people think is going to happen) provide a “signal” into the portfolio’s performance at any time, not just a few times per year.

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Contextual output about why people forecast the way they do (via comment threads and upvoting) gives the organization more honest, un-biased project insight to redirect investments as needed.

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Measure your accuracy at making forecasts, so you can identify gaps and continuously improve, to make executive decisions that have the highest probability of success.

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Readout of organizational biases so you can give feedback and become more calibrated over time, ultimately achieving better inputs for your portfolio strategy.

What You'll Get

  • A private, secure Cultivate Forecasts platform to facilitate forecasting and analysis
  • Individual and aggregated probabilistic forecasts with just-in-time visualizations
  • Qualitative context of forecasts
  • Executive dashboard for an ongoing review of results
  • Curated monthly reports designed to fit seamlessly with existing review processes
  • Alert system to notify you of rapid or extreme changes to an event’s likelihood
  • An assessment of your organization’s ability to accurately forecast and its biases
  • Full access to raw data for your own analysis
  • Full access to our platform’s REST API for easy integration with external dashboarding or BI systems

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Our Methodology

Our methodology is based on 10+ years of experience working with leading organizations to develop a crowd-driven forecasting approach for R&D and product portfolio evaluation.

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Want to learn more about how you can transform your portfolio evaluation process?

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