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What lessons have we learned?

In general, lessons learned are rarely learned. butterfliesResearch and general knowledge about what causes programme and project failure has abounded for years, yet the same things keep happening, so what can we do to help.

As an example of this problem, for the last 20 years in the UK, the world of best practice (originated by the OGC) illustrates the issue. We wrote Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®), and it was written on the assumption that audiences already had experience of programme management, understood programme management and wanted to improve.  The reality is that people read the book as part of a course and never look at it again.

The work of P3M3® has shown that although the knowledge has been absorbed temporarily for the examination, it is not sufficiently understood to enable deployment in the real world as the courses are attended by inexperienced individuals unable or unauthorised to deploy the knowledge they have in the real world. For more on this, click here

MSP® and P3M3® are [registered] trade marks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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Case study – Thameslink

In late 2016 and early 2017 we were commissioned to write a lessons learned report on the Network Rail Thameslink programme to enable other organisations to learn from their experiences.

Once we started work it became clear that there had been extensive documentation of lessons throughout the lifecycle, the problem was that people weren’t listening.

The challenge therefore was find a way to communicate the lessons that this amazing programme had faced and how they overcame them and the lessons that others can learn from this experience in a format that could be consumed.

The scale of the assignment has led us to invoke a number of new techniques beyond this case study that enabled key individuals to share their passion, their pains and gain through the use of videos and workshops to ensure their story wont be lost.

Rather than a formal report, we have created a case study and supporting videos to communicate the message. This Thameslink case study provides an insight into workings off a major infrastructure programme, and how they in effect developed and approach that has become the second generation of programme management within Network Rail.

Thameslink review case study

In addition to this report, we also produced a paper on the challenges in general around lessons learned and knowledge sharing, based on our experiences on this assignment.

https://aspireeurope.wordpress.com/2017/02/03/lessons-learned-new-thinking/

 

 

 

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Great news – You can now use our eLearning from your mobile devices

We are excited to announce that our Aspire Academy eLearning portal now has its own Mobile app out of the box, due to a recent upgrade.

With the Moodle Mobile (the official mobile app for Moodle) you can:

  • Browse the content of your courses, even when offline
  • Receive instant notifications of messages and other events
  • Upload images, audio, videos and other files from your mobile device
  • Track your progress and view your course grades
  • Attempt tests
  • Access eLearning packages on and off-line

The Mobile app is available for free from Google Play and the Apple Store. See Moodle Mobile downloads for links. You can also install the app directly from your mobile device by searching for ‘Moodle Mobile’ with author/owner ‘Moodle Pty Ltd’ in Google Play/Store.

Please note we recommend an Android tablet or iPad for the best viewing experience.

To access the our site in the Moodle Mobile app, please enter the URL – aspireacademy.tv/moodle – on the Connect to Moodle screen, and then log in with your normal details.

For help in setting up access to our site from your mobile, please contact our Academy team at theacademyteam@aspireeurope.com or call us on 0117 440 2560

For more information on our eLearning, please have a look at this product description

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Join us in Auckland for breakfast – 19th December

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
Cost: Complimentary

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.

Kind Regards

Sarah Vivian

Business Development Manager
CC Learning
M 027 4226 062 / 0800 888 897

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Case study – implementing a Change Advocates network

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

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Portfolio offices play a key role in strategy delivery – Forrester research

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.

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Prosci or APMG Change Management – which one is right for you?

Both APMG Change Management and Prosci offer certification programmes for people seeking to know more about change management. In the recent times, these are increasingly seen as alternatives or competitors and many potential candidates want to know how these offers differ. This paper written by Chris Moore (Aspire Accelerate Director) and Robert Cole (Managing Director for C4CM), should help you decide which one is right for you.

If you find the article useful – please let us know

 

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