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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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Fresh look – P3M v Corporate risk interfaces

Welcome to another  one of our Fresh Look, these are 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 this article we look at the dysfunctional relationship between and organisations corporate risk world and the  P3M risk world and offer some ideas on how it could be better. Fresh look – P3M v Corporate Risk Management

 

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Seven Deadly Sins – Business Case Management

Continuing our series of blogs: Seven Deadly Sins that lead to regular and highly predictable failure on a range of topics.

Today we are focusing on Business Case Management, an organisational ritual that doesn’t seem to stem the tide of failure, despite the enormous amounts of time spent preparing them.

  1.  Failing to maintain the business case. Many failures only come to light late on in delivery because most organisations do not track ongoing viability within the project or programme, or evolving changes in the environment
  2. Thinking that project success is about Time/Cost/Scope – without including benefits and value, the time/cost/scope trilogy can be misleading for programmes in particular
  3. Forgetting that you have to deliver the change, not just get it past the approval committee. So much effort goes into gaining approval, it can come as quite a shock when it has to move from a document into delivery.
  4. Starting with assumptions on what the solution should be blinds you to the best options. So many projects and programmes go wrong because the solution was decided before the business case work started, the business case then becomes the justification for a way of doing it rather than a genuine options appraisal.
  5. Failing to fully engage stakeholders of the full impact of the business case upon them, consequently on the way through the approvals process it is ambushed or once it goes into delivery, unexpected costs begin to emerge.
  6. Hiding the full costs of the initiative will always lead to trouble. The costs of change are invariably underestimated in a business case in the hope that some unsuspecting party will pick up the bill.
  7. Failing to adequately apply risk rating to the costs or the benefits. Without risk rating, both sides of the justification increases the risk of failure, organisations are increasingly applying a risk mitigation to the costs, but few are applying a risk factor to the benefits. Either side can move up or down.

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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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