New Appointment at Aspire Accelerate

Aspire Europe are very pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Moore as our new consulting services director. Chris will be taking on responsibility for the Aspire Accelerate brand, which is primarily focused on advisory and delivery support services to our clients.

Chris has extensive experience in the market after 15 years as a director of CMC Partnership, before that he led WS Atkins IT project management consultancy. For more information on Chris – https://lnkd.in/drU3__s

Rod Sowden, Managing Director, Aspire Europe Ltd said “We believe that we are incredibly fortunate to have attracted Chris, he has exactly the experience that we are looking for to take our delivery support proposition on to the next level in the coming years and he will significantly strengthen our management team”

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The Golden Thread of Planning

Back in 2008 Aspire Europe started delivering maturity assessments (using P3M3®), part of which is reviewing how effective organisations were at planning. Our experiences from these maturity assessments and working with clients, is that planning is  an area of weakness for many organisations. this article goes back to basics and identifies one or two of the reasons for this.

Based on the findings, the P3M3® lead author, Rod Sowden, goes back to basics and identifies one or two of the reasons for this . To read more, click here

If you find the article useful – please let us know

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PRINCE2® 2017 – Download a free chapter

The new Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 guidance is published next week (18/05/2017) and can be pre-ordered from here

But if you can’t wait until then, you can download the Content summary and Chapter 4, Tailoring and adopting PRINCE2, of Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® (2017 Edition) to get an exclusive preview of the updated guidance.

The above download requires a log in (it is quick and easy to create a user profile).

PRINCE2® is a [registered] trade marksof AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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Aspire Academy accredited to deliver AgilePM® and AgileBA® qualifications

Aspire Europe are very pleased to announce that the Aspire Academy is now accredited to offer the AgilePM® and AgileBA® qualifications at both Foundation and Practitioner level.

A major benefit for both courses is 1 year’s free membership to the Agile Business Consortium for successful candidates (at any level).

Individual Consortium membership offers the following benefits:

  • 20% discount on items in the Consortium’s webshop
  • Free access to Member Training Days
  • 20% discount on general events such as the Agile Business Conference
  • Free access to the latest templates
  • Discounts on selected events run by partner organizations
  • Belonging to an organisation at the forefront of Agile development

This page, provides an overview of the initiative.

If you would like more information, please contact theacademyteam@aspireeurope.com

AgilePM® is a registered trademark of Dynamic Systems Development Method Ltd.
AgileBA® is a registered trade mark of Dynamic Systems Development Method Ltd.

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PRINCE2® 2017 update

In January 2017 our partners and owners of PRINCE2®, AXELOS, announced the upcoming arrival of updated PRINCE2® guidance and Foundation and Practitioner examinations. Together, these form the PRINCE2 2017 update and represent the first major revision of PRINCE2 since 2009. Below is a  video (from AXELOS) introducing the update:

The PRINCE2 update will see a new edition of the PRINCE2 manual (which is available for pre-order), plus updated training materials and Foundation and Practitioner examinations. These will be launched in mid-2017. The update is seen as evolutionary and new manual has:

  • Stronger emphasis on tailoring.
  • Guidance throughout the book on how to tailor.
  • More linkage between the themes and Principles.
  • More guidance through tailoring on how to use PRINCE2 in the environment.

We will bring more updates as they come.

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5 lessons for the unwary – Agile PM

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 that 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 management are not cures for unproductive or incompetent teams, weak leadership or poor performance management. All methods have their place and can add value and improve performance, but none on their own are a panacea as they all depend on the capability of the people involved.

This article sets out some of the key lessons that we have taken from our reviews.aspire-logo

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Stakeholder Engagement and Communications [podcast]

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others” – Anthony Robbins

So many projects and programmes snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by failing to communicate effectively or misjudging the mood of the stakeholder base.

In this podcast Rod Sowden talks about the approach to Stakeholder Management defined  in Managing Successful Programmes and gives an overview of the key areas to focus on and how the stakeholder management can be deployed effectively.

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