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What is project governance?

People who work in projects and programmes often talk about the Governance, which is basically the project organisation. To the uninitiated this can be quite a confusing concept as it comes with a range of terminology. This PM Drop In video provides a quick and informal overview of the things you should be thinking about […]

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 […]

How do I develop a programme management framework?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ever wondered why your projects mysteriously go wrong, when it was all looking so good.

When you did your project management training, how much did you do on planning ? Well here is an indication,  APM PMQ has around half a day on planning, and PRINCE2 doesn’t really cover it at all. That is why we wrote the book, to fill the gaps and help you to be more successful […]

Thameslink – the incredible journey

Late 2016, we were commissioned to write a Lessons Learned report on the Network Rail Thameslink programme to enable other organisations to learn from their experiences. When we commenced work, it became clear that there had been extensive documentation of lessons throughout the lifecycle, but the problem was people weren’t listening. The challenge therefore was […]