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Project Academies – how to set up and gain value

Project Academies – how to set up and gain value from Donnie MacNicol

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Developing Programme Management Frameworks

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 that replicate manuals and basic theory but add no value
  • Roles and responsibilities that are generic, confusing or conflicting
  • Themes, such as risk, that are not connected to the lifecycle or sit in isolation
  • Generic role definitions with no application of the responsibilities
  • Templates that bear no resemblance to the lifecycle or processes
  • Little connection between programme and project management systems
  • Portfolio Management frameworks that fail to address balancing priorities

To overcome this we developed our own Align Framework® and offer it as a fully supported package. If you would like to find out more about the Align Framework®, click here

P3M3® is a [registered] trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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Project Academies – how to set up and gain value

Project Academies – how to set up and gain value from Donnie MacNicol

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What the Academy can offer you

FACT 1 – In 2011 the UK National Audit Office (NAO) reported that lack of programme and project management skills was one of the major concerns for senior managers.

FACT 2 – Over 250,000 people worldwide are qualified in PRINCE2® and over 50,000 in Managing Successful Programmes MSP®, but when we undertake maturity assessments and assurance reviews, we find organisations don’t actually use the fundamental concepts or processes, basically people are gaining qualifications on subject areas they don’t use.

FACT 3 – Our skills and capability assessments have also highlighted some other alarming statistics, one of which is that 23% of people involved in transformation programmes and projects have no formal qualifications.

If you are interested in more about why organisations fail to extract better value from the training market, why not read our article and paper at delivering better value from training. If you are interested in a broader perspective and wish to fully support your programme and project managers then an Academy model may be right for your organisation, an overview of the key characteristics is provided below.

How we improve your performance through training:

  1. Corporate Development Programmes – that provide targeted development to improve organisational and individual performance in both the processes and leadership of change (including talent programmes for developing critical communities).
  2. Competency Framework – that can be adapted for your organisation to help target your training (aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge).
  3. Competency and Capability Assessment – the process and survey that can profile the current organisation to target your training more effectively.
  4. Short Courses – a range of off the shelf, customisable topic and role related courses specifically targeted at improving performance. A number have associated vocational qualifications from C4CM.
  5. I-Learning Courses – we have all the main APM Group qualification courses and a range of topic specific courses that focus on application of the concepts, for example planning. The courses are modularised into over 200 “Knowledge Nuggets”. Which are short sharp sessions covering a specific topic or technique.
  6. Accredited Qualifications – we can offer the full range of APM, APM Group and C4CM qualifications in face to face events. Result statistics from the APMG exam institute show our average pass rate across all our products and qualification levels is a 97% success rate over the past year
  7. Align Framework – which provides a portfolio, programme and project framework which provides a self-help knowledge base and just in time guidance for teams. For more information on the Align Framework, click here.
  8. Community of Practice – which will enable personal development and networking and organisational learning and improvement.

If you are interested contact us at theacademyteam@aspireeurope.com or 01275 848099

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Developing Programme Management Frameworks

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 that replicate manuals and basic theory but add no value
  • Roles and responsibilities that are generic, confusing or conflicting
  • Themes, such as risk, that are not connected to the lifecycle or sit in isolation
  • Generic role definitions with no application of the responsibilities
  • Templates that bear no resemblance to the lifecycle or processes
  • Little connection between programme and project management systems
  • Portfolio Management frameworks that fail to address balancing priorities

To overcome this we developed our own Align Framework® and offer it as a fully supported package. If you would like to find out more about the Align Framework®, click here

P3M3® is a registered trademark of AXELOS Limited.
Align Framework® is a registered trademark of Aspire Europe Limited.

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How come training doesn’t improve performance?

FACT 1 – In 2011 the UK National Audit Office (NAO) reported that lack of programme and project management skills was one of the major concerns for senior managers.

FACT 2 – Over 250,000 people worldwide are qualified in PRINCE2® and over 50,000 in Managing Successful Programmes MSP®, but when we undertake maturity assessments and assurance reviews, we find organisations don’t actually use the fundamental concepts or processes, basically people are gaining qualifications on subject areas they don’t use.

FACT 3 – Our skills and capability assessments have also highlighted some other alarming statistics, one of which is that 23% of people involved in transformation programmes and projects have no formal qualifications.

If you are interested in more about why organisations fail to extract better value from the training market, why not read our article and paper at delivering better value from training. If you are interested in a broader perspective and wish to fully support your programme and project managers then an Academy model may be right for your organisation, an overview of the key characteristics is provided below.

Eight things that the Aspire Academy can do for you:

  1. Corporate Development Programmes – that provide targeted development to improve organisational and individual performance in both the processes and leadership of change (including talent programmes for developing critical communities).Dolphins
  2. Competency Framework – that can be adapted for your organisation to help target your training (aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge).
  3. Competency and Capability Assessment – the process and survey that can profile the current organisation to target your training more effectively.
  4. Short Courses – a range of off the shelf, customisable topic and role related courses specifically targeted at improving performance. A number have associated vocational qualifications from C4CM.
  5. I-Learning Courses – we have all the main APM Group qualification courses and a range of topic specific courses that focus on application of the concepts, for example planning. The courses are modularised into over 200 “Knowledge Nuggets”. Which are short sharp sessions covering a specific topic or technique.
  6. Accredited Qualifications – we can offer the full range of APM, APM Group and C4CM qualifications in face to face events.
  7. Align Framework – which provides a portfolio, programme and project framework which provides a self-help knowledge base and just in time guidance for teams. For more information on the Align Framework, click here.
  8. Community of Practice – which will enable personal development and networking and organisational learning and improvement.

If you are interested contact us at theacademyteam@aspireeurope.com or 01275 848099

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Introducing the Align Framework

The Align Framework is the market leading Portfolio, Programme and Project Management framework developed by Aspire Europe to support organisations wishing to raise their performance and maturity.

The first version was released in 2009 as a programme management method, that turned MSP from a framework into a method that could be used by a number of programmes.

In 2012 the project management method was added along with portfolio management.

The framework is built upon the best of public best practice, but with the Aspire Europe IPR added to take the best of all worlds and integrate the models.

For an overview of the framework place click here  or go to the Aspire Europe website at http://www.aspireeurope.com

Rod Sowden, Managing Director Aspire Europe said “We have been working on the Align Framework concept for 5 years, it is specifically designed to meet the requirements of P3M3 maturity level 3, it is a fully configured framework that the client can adopt in the standard format or customise to reflect their own culture and vocabulary. In one step they have the capability to improve control and performance their challenge is then to migrate to the new working environment, which we can help with too”

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