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Fresh Look: 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. At a programme level it is what planning is all about, tracking how the inputs and the outputs of projects fits together. At the portfolio level it is even more complex as it is matching together inputs and outputs from programmes and projects.

In MSP® 2011 we introduced the concepts of Intra, Inter and External dependencies so here is the paper that defined the original concept and explains how they operate in a programme management environment.

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

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Fresh Look: Vision Statements

Fresh Look – Is a series of articles taking a look at common topics to try 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, and that makes the  vision even more  important. In this post, we visit the old vision statement chestnut. Everyone loves talking about visions and leadership but when the opportunity comes to put them into practice within a programme environment, quite frankly most of them are about as much use as an umbrella in a wind tunnel. mountain top

In this article, we briefly reflect on a topic that is at the source of most programme failures due to not establishing a vision that people understand and genuinely commit to, is a core source of programme failure.

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Seven Deadly Sins: Programme Management [video]

Let’s face it, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t make mistakes, and we have seen many in our  time. In the early stages of maturity, there are many common errors that people make when delivering programmes.

In this video Rod Sowden (Aspire Europe MD) focuses on the most common errors that cause the biggest problems in the early stages of maturity, and how to avoid them.

Enjoy

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17 April, 2018 · 16:38

Change Management – ProSci or APMG – which 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 white paper written by Chris Moore 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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Fresh Look: Business Case Management

Fresh Look: Is a series of articles take a look at common topics and try to come up with some new ideas and insight into problems that seem to repeat themselves across many organisations

Welcome to our article on the touchy subject of business cases, touchy because so many project and programmes fail to deliver to their aspirations, with Gartner estimating 75% of projects fail to achieve expectations. In the UK public sector alone, it is estimated that £1.35bn is spent just on writing business cases alone.

Thank you to Paul Mansell, Stefan Sanchez, Eileen Roden and Geof Leigh for their contributions We all hope you find the article interesting.

If we can help you in  any way we hope you will get in touch, and we offer the APMG Better Business Cases qualification if you are looking for training

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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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Project Challenge – eLearning discount offer

To celebrate the Programme and Project  Management festival at Project Challenge we are making a very special offer  on our eLearning products, of which we have over 200 hours available and covers all the  major qualifications and more advanced  products.

On top of the TSO offer on our MSP Survival Guides offer on our books, for the period of the show, we will be making the following offer on our  eLearning:

  1. Single user site licence – all 200 hours, normally £950 for the year reduced to £750 per annum
  2. Company site licence – unlimited users and unlimited use of the  materials, and customer support to configure professional learning journeys – normally £29,995 reduced to £25,000

Please have a look at our attached product description. If you are at  the show please come and speak to either Claire, Penny or Rod on the APM Group stand or give us a call on 0117 440 2560

eLearning Site Licence

 

 

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