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High performing organisations – does this sound like you?

We were undertaking a review of what we had seen and learned over the last year, and one of the main developments was the emergence of organisations achieving P3M3® level 3 and 4 ratings. There have been some interesting discoveries about the characteristics of these organisations, beyond what we had anticipated. Some of the characteristics […]

Programme Management – PMI or MSP – which one is for you?

Programme Management – MSP v PMI – which is right for you In many markets there is debate about which of the two programme management frameworks should be adopted, in this article we take an objective view of each of frameworks and compare their relative strengths and weaknesses of the MSP and PMI approach to […]

Strategic PMOs play a key role in driving outcomes

Forrester-Strategic PMOs In this article by Forrester Consulting they have written an excellent paper on how strategic PMOs play a key role in increasing an organisations ability to delivery the right projects in the right way, thus improving organisational performance and agility. It includes an interesting section about the triggers for PMOs taking on this […]

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 […]

Case study – Thameslink

In late 2016 and early 2017 we were commissioned to write a lessons learned report on the Network Rail Thameslink programme to enable other organisations to learn from their experiences. Once we started work it became clear that there had been extensive documentation of lessons throughout the lifecycle, the problem was that people weren’t listening. […]

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 […]