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What is programme 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. […]

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 […]

What is project planning?

Fresh Look – A series of articles and videos 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.  If you would like more information […]

What is P3M3?

As many of you will know, P3M3® is the world’s number one framework for assessing organisational maturity and performance in portfolio, programme and project management. If this is a new concept to you, click here for a quick introduction. This free briefing (pdf) outlines the key concepts of P3M3. Right click this link and ‘save as’ to download the interactive […]

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 […]

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®) […]