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Fresh Look – Benefits Management

We thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the guiding principles that underpin the world of portfolio, programme and project management. In a world of information overload, it is very easy to lose sight of what matters, so this is the first in a series of posts that we revisit to remind […]

Fresh look: Project and Risk teams

Fresh Look – Is a series of articles taking a look at common topics to try to come up with some new ideas and insight into problems that seem to repeat themselves across many organisations Risk management should be the star of the P3M show, but it rarely is. In organisations that are forward thinking enough […]

Fresh Look: Investment Logic Mapping

Investment Logic Mapping (ILM) was all the rage a few years ago but it has been lost in time. It originated in Australia and provided an approach to developing the justification for a business investment. ILM is a brilliant way to understand the problem, think about the outcomes and clarify where the costs and benefits […]

Deadly Sins: Adopting Agile

Over the last year or two we have reviewed a number of programmes and projects that are using an “agile” approach. There are a number of common problems which have come to light that should be of interest to any organisation setting out on an agile endeavour for the first time. Agile, Lean or project […]

Close up on P3M3

As many of you will know, P3M3® is the world’s number one framework for assessing organisational maturity and performance in portfolio, programme and project management. If this is a new concept to you, click here for a quick introduction. This free briefing (pdf) outlines the key concepts of P3M3. Right click this link and ‘save as’ to download the interactive […]

Developing Programme Management Frameworks

No organisation can successfully deliver programmes and projects without an effective framework. Our work on developing the maturity model P3M3® and undertaking assessments of over 100 organisations enabled us to review a wide range of processes, guidance and tools that are used across a range of sectors. We found: Incomplete frameworks with inadequate lifecycles Frameworks […]

What lessons have we learned?

In general, lessons learned are rarely learned. Research and general knowledge about what causes programme and project failure has abounded for years, yet the same things keep happening, so what can we do to help. As an example of this problem, for the last 20 years in the UK, the world of best practice (originated by […]

Fresh Look: Dependency Management

We thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the guiding principles that underpin the world of portfolio, programme and project management. In a world of information overload it is very easy to lose sight of what matters. Dependency Management really is one of the Dark Arts. It  about the interfaces between initiatives. […]

Business projects – are they from another planet?

Project Management has been around for centuries. Apart from being able to use our thumbs, it may be the differentiating factor between humans and other species, as we can see evidence of humans working together to create amazing things; from the ancient Greeks, to putting men on the moon, all of which constituted a form […]

Fresh Look: Planning

Fresh Look – A series of articles taking a look at common topics to come up with some new ideas and insight into problems that seem to repeat themselves across many organisations.  In a world of information overload it is very easy to lose sight of what matters. These posts revisit some core concepts and what […]