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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 […]

Brexit – The worst transformation programme ever

Don’t worry – this isn’t a politically biased post, it is looking at the Brexit programme – not the rights and wrongs. Back on the 30th June 2016 – we posted this optimistic view on what could be a wonderful example of British best practice to the world, delivering Brexit using MSP,  I even included […]

Real Madras Forever

  Six months ago we were approached by a bunch of overweight chaps who needed a sponsor for their football team. Not an overly attractive proposition that would appeal to the average company looking to boost its image, but not being your average company, we looked into it a bit deeper. The group were part […]

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 […]

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. […]

Define the problem – a guide to investment logic mapping (ILM)

Investment Logic Mapping 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 sit. […]

Prosci or APMG Change Management – which one is right for you?

Both APMG Change Management and Prosci offer certification programmes for people seeking to know more about change management. In the recent times, these are increasingly seen as alternatives or competitors and many potential candidates want to know how these offers differ. This paper written by Chris Moore (Aspire Accelerate Director) and Robert Cole (Managing Director for […]

Why is learning from failure so difficult?

One of the great mysteries is why is it we keep making the same mistakes or doing blindingly stupid things. The P3M industry is just a reflection of wider society, as programmes and projects fail repeatedly for  the same reasons, yet each time it seems to come as a complete surprise. TSO asked Aspire Europe […]

“What’s your problem?” A guide to the benefits of Investment Logic Mapping

This guide by Ed Brown (Aspire Assess Director) outlines why you should use Investment Logic Mapping (ILM) and the good value the use of ILM will bring to your investments. They’re a powerful and extremely cost-effective way to bring shape and structure to your investment before you head off into expensive blind alleys. If you find the […]