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What is integrated assurance

Assurance – is it a bureaucratic burden or an effective way to avoid failure? It will largely depend on whether you are in a team being challenged or an executive with personal accountability for the result. Most organisations have a fragmented approach to how integrated assurance is achieved. To have an integrated approach requires multiple […]

Democracy is killing our infrastructure

We were fortunate enough to attend a  conference where there was a tremendous presentation from one of the grandees of major infrastructure programmes and projects in the UK. He outlined how politics was and has been at the root cause of the degeneration of the UK infrastructure over many generations.I had always thought of the […]

What is programme risk management?

Risk management is one of those strange things that we know we should do it, but when we do, it doesn’t seem that interesting.  We have conducted numerous gateway reviews, health checks and maturity assessments and invariably organizations seem to be just going through the motions, we have termed the phrase “risk watching” rather than […]

What is the difference between PMI & MSP programme management ?

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 […]

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. […]

Great news – You can now use our eLearning from your mobile devices

We are excited to announce that our Aspire Academy eLearning portal now has its own Mobile app out of the box, due to a recent upgrade. With the Moodle Mobile (the official mobile app for Moodle) you can: Browse the content of your courses, even when offline Receive instant notifications of messages and other events […]

Join us in Auckland for breakfast – 19th December

Why not join our MD Rod Sowden, for  a complimentary breakfast briefing in Auckland Date: Tuesday 19th December, 8am to 9.30am Venue: JACK TAR, North Wharf, 34-47 Jellicoe Street, Auckland Speaker: Rod Sowden Cost: Complimentary Rod Sowden’s company, Aspire Europe have recently completed a major review of Network Rail using P3M3.  The organisation with the biggest infrastructure investment portfolio […]

Case study – implementing a Change Advocates network

As regular blog watchers will know, Aspire Academy were involved in a TJ Awards short-listed change management training and development programme at Cheshire West and Chester Council. The Aspire Academy team who delivered the assignment were Robert Cole and David King. This video outlines how we designed and implemented an approach that pulled together a […]

Portfolio offices play a key role in strategy delivery – Forrester research

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 deliver 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 strategic relevance, […]

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 […]