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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 […]

Implementing effective change management

Getting change management to  “bite” is really tough, all the training in the world will not make it happen without providing the energy to gain momentum.  This is an area that we have specialised in and delivered on a number of occasions for clients. In this case study, we gained one of the prestigious TJ Awards […]

Fresh Look: Programmes without Blueprints

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. Is your programme exhibiting any of these characteristics? Project issues dominate the programme board Unidentified risks start to materialise a bit too […]

NAO insight into major programmes

This is a really interesting article posted on the  NAO blog that looks at the major lessons from programmes and projects in the last few years. A systematic look at major programmes The depressing thing is that most of the causes of failure are really well known and documented and yet we still keep making […]

Seven Deadly Sins – Change Management

This another in our popular Seven Deadly Sins series, this time we tackle the difficult topic of change management. Let’s face it, change is everywhere and despite all the intellectual energy that has gone into change management over the last 2,000 years, we are not going to master it any time soon. “We trained hard […]

Delivering world class project delivery at Network Rail

 Lets face it, for many people Network Rail is their least favourite organisation, most of us have a tale of misery (we have) about a train journey. What most of us don’t know is that Network Rail is one of the biggest project delivery organisations in the world, investing billions of pounds annually to recover […]

Fresh look – P3M v Corporate risk interfaces

Welcome to another one of our Fresh Look, these are 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. In this article we look at the dysfunctional relationship between an organisation’s corporate risk […]

Seven Deadly Sins – Business Case Management

Continuing our series of blogs: Seven Deadly Sins that lead to regular and highly predictable failure on a range of topics. Today we are focusing on Business Case Management, an organisational ritual that doesn’t seem to stem the tide of failure, despite the enormous amounts of time spent preparing them.  Failing to maintain the business case. […]

What is 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 […]