Why not join our MD Rod Sowden, for a complimentary breakfast briefing in Auckland
Date: Tuesday 19th December, 8am to 9.30am
Venue: JACK TAR, North Wharf, 34-47 Jellicoe Street, Auckland
Speaker: Rod Sowden
Rod Sowden’s company, Aspire Europe have recently completed a major review of Network Rail using P3M3. The organisation with the biggest infrastructure investment portfolio in the UK has made massive steps forward and achieved maturity level 3 in project management and are now steadily improving their programme and portfolio management maturity; all in preparation to enable expenditure of nearly £50bn on the UK rail infrastructure between 2019 and 2024, Aspire were also involved in helping to plan that improvement journey.
Rod led the assessments and is keen to talk through how the P3M3 framework should be used as the framework for delivering performance rather than simply benchmarking and the lessons from Network Rail that should shape the adoption by other organisations.
Rod is the current lead author for Managing Successful Programmes and P3M3 itself.
This session is for:
• Anyone accountable for improving their organisations programme and portfolio management maturity
• Those responsible for developing P3M3 frameworks for delivering performance.
Your takeaways will be ……..
- Hear a bit about the Network Rail story
- Opportunity to network with the lead author of MSP and P3M3
- Insight into what a sucessful organisation lookslike, with a range of P3M3 maturity levels
Places are limited, don’t delay register today Register Here
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this session.
Business Development Manager
M 027 4226 062 / 0800 888 897
As regular blog watchers will know, Aspire Academy were involved in a TJ Awards short-listed change management training and development programme at Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The Aspire Academy team who delivered the assignment were Robert Cole and David King.
This video outlines how we designed and implemented an approach that pulled together a disparate group of change people across a number of sites into a coherent and functioning organisation.
If you would like to see the full case study click here
In the world, there are two main programme management frameworks, the MSP® framework which we have been so heavily involved in, and the PMI Programme Management framework from the US based community.
We were commissioned to write a paper comparing the two approaches and we thought this article would be an interesting reference point if you are looking to develop programme management understanding.
The overwhelming conclusion of this article is that organisations delivering programmes need to exploit the strengths of both approaches and once understood, they are surprisingly compatible and build on the strengths and weaknesses of each other rather than proposing opposing approaches.
The article has been written by Rod Sowden, lead author for MSP® 2007 and 2011.
MSP® is a [registered] trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved
In this article by Forrester Consulting, they have written an excellent paper on how strategic PMOs play a key role in increasing an organisations ability to deliver the right projects in the right way, thus improving organisational performance and agility.
It includes an interesting section about the triggers for PMOs taking on this strategic relevance, not surprisingly, most are linked to a corporate calamity of some sort or a new CEO who is a believer.
Their findings illustrate that the critical success factors include:
- They have a seat at the executive table
- They are a critical part of the strategic planning process
- They embrace core competencies
- They use consistent objectives across industries and regions
For those of you that are familiar with Eileen Roden’s P3O®, some of this will be old news but it is still a very interesting article with current examples.
P3O® is a [registered] trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.
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, so this is the first in a series of posts that we revisit to remind about some core concepts.
In this article, we revisit benefits management, which is still one of the most mysterious disciplines in the world of transformation. Benefits appear like magic when the business case is being written. With earnest consideration and challenge, even more mysteriously, they seem to disappear as soon as the business is signed off and people get down to the real business of delivering stuff, probably never returning to the sticky subject of benefits and why the change was initiated in the first place.
We’ve pulled together some of what we have found to be guiding principles which may increase your chances of achieving your benefits delivery.
Strange but true
- In 2011 the UK National Audit Office (NAO) reported that a lack of programme and project management skills was one of the major concerns for senior managers. In 2017 there is an estimate that the UK public sector is 4,000 short of the number needed to deliver Brexit.
- 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.
- 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 do not actually use the fundamental concepts or processes. So basically people are gaining qualifications on subject areas they do not use.
If you are interested in finding out more about why organisations fail to extract better value from the training market, why not read our article – delivering better value from training
In the meantime, here are the things that the Aspire Academy award winning team can help you with.
If you want targeted development to improve organisational and individual performance in both the processes and leadership of change, we can help with the following:
- Competency Framework – that can be adapted for your organisation to help target your training and is aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge.
- Competency and Capability Assessment – the process and survey that can profile the current organisation to target your training more effectively.
- 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.
- eLearning Courses – we have all the main APM Group and AXELOS Limited qualification courses and a range of topic specific courses that focus on application of the concepts, e.g. planning.
- Accredited Qualifications – we can offer the full range of APM, APM Group, AXELOS Limited 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!
- Align Framework – 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.
- Community of Practice – will enable personal development and networking and organisational learning and improvement.
MSP® and PRINCE2® are [registered] trade marks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.