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Fresh Look: Dependency Management

We thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the guiding principles that underpin the world of portfolio, programme and project management. In a world of information overload it is very easy to lose sight of what matters. Dependency Management really is one of the Dark Arts. It  about the interfaces between initiatives. […]

Fresh Look: Planning

Fresh Look – A series of articles taking a look at common topics to come up with some new ideas and insight into problems that seem to repeat themselves across many organisations.  In a world of information overload it is very easy to lose sight of what matters. These posts revisit some core concepts and what […]

Programmes without blueprints are like ships without keels

Is your programme exhibiting any of these characteristics Project issues dominate the programme board Unidentified risks start to materialise a bit too quickly Benefits are rarely discussed The BCM lacks authority or purpose Many uncontrolled or unclear dependencies between projects and other initiatives start to manifest themselves Decision making is ad-hoc, reactionary or just slow […]

MSP® Programme Organisation in a Nutshell

Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director (and lead author of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) talks about the Programme Organisation chapter of the MSP manual. Hope you enjoy! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAFUci166WQ] Visit and Subscribe to our NEW YouTube Channel here MSP® is a [registered] trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS […]

Brexit – the biggest MSP Programme ever

We had hoped to produce another programme highlight report in September “Brexit – the biggest MSP programme ever” but despite careful monitoring of events, there isn’t any sign of progress towards any of the components of the Programme Brief that we have been waiting for, namely: Vision Statement other than Brexit means Brexit, bit of debate around […]

Brexit – the biggest MSP programme ever – August 2016 highlight report

Welcome to the August highlight report for “Brexit – the biggest MSP programme ever” In the aftermath of the Leave vote in June we thought it would be interesting to illustrate how the MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes)  framework would cope with such a massive challenge, so we released the paper explaining this at the end of […]

PMIQLD April Chapter Event Presentation by Rod Sowden

Here is the video of the presentation Rod Sowden (Aspire Europe Ltd. Managing Director and lead author of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) recently gave at the PMIQLD April Chapter Event. The presentation was on – Expert insights into the European market for project, program and portfolio management. Enjoy MSP® and P3M3® are [registered] trade marks […]

MSP® Survival Guide for Programme Managers is Published!

The MSP® Survival Guide for Programme Managers has finally made it to the book-stores and joins the MSP® Survival Guide for Business Change Managers on public release in the series.  The MSP® Survival Guide for programme managers has been written by Rod Sowden and Geof Leigh (lead authors of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) […]

Benefits Management Knowledge Nugget

If you would like to access a free knowledge nugget about Benefits Management, then this is for you. Rod Sowden talks about how Benefits Management should be approached, some of the pitfalls to be avoided, and how Managing Successful Programmes guidance can be best used to deliver your benefit. It is drawn from our MSP® […]