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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 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 […]

Is Democracy 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Aspire Europe Global Customer Base

“Small enough to care, big enough to cope” Since developing our own set of eLearning courses in 2014, our users have grown and in that time also spread far and wide. Below shows a selection of our 800+ users and where in the world they’re located. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=1AXTZtcEOqSZweGYTTARJd_NxHNo&w=640&h=480]

Latte Experience – Managing Benefits

In this short vodcast (from our partners at CC Learning in Brisbane) David Griffiths, a trainer at CC Learning, talks about Managing Benefits™. Specifically he discusses why we invest in projects and programs, optimism bias and strategic misrepresentation. Benefits. We hope you find it useful [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jtVyScsI7s] This is part of their ‘Latte Experience’ series […]