Category Archives: Governance

Survival Guides for Sponsors and SRO

Tim Banfield, ex Director of Strategy, MPA wrote the foreword for the SRO guide and says “Great programme leaders deliver great programmes. The emergence of the SRO role over the last 15 years has been a significant step forward. There is more to be done to understand what the SRO role means in different contexts and to help SROs understand how to be effective in their roles. This book is specifically targeted at SRO’s and I am sure it will make a valuable contribution to helping them achieve consistently higher levels of performance in their role”

The Survival Guides are written specifically with a role in mind. The BCM guide focused on the benefits, techniques and processes of business change that the main manual could not cover. The Programme Manager guide focused on the controls and process of the programme. The SRO guide focuses on keeping your finger on the pulse and steering the ship through troubled waters.

In the New Year, we will be producing weekly features with extracts from the book specifically for Executives and Senior Leaders

What you will find in the MSP® Survival Guide for SROs:

  1. Big on practical advice, quotes and examples so your day isn’t blighted by pages of bland advice and theory
  2. A foreword by Tim Banfield from the UK Major Projects Authority, one of the most influential figures in the industry today
  3. Written with the assumption that this is your first programme using MSP® so explanations are practical and straightforward
  4. Simplified lifecycle with advice on where to focus your energy
  5. Flip through format for easy access to the information you need when you need it
  6. Each topic focuses on the Magnificent Seven pieces of advice to help you lead your programme
  7. Extracts from the MSP® pocket book to give you greater detail on topics if you need them
  8. Pointers on where to find more detail in the rest of the trilogy.

AXELOS are planning to use the MSP® Survival Guide series for their MSP® Advanced qualifications in the future.

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MSP® Governance Theme Overviews

Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director (and lead author of the current version of MSP®) gives quick overviews to the governance theme chapters of the MSP manual, in the below playlist.

Hope you find the videos useful!

Click here to visit our channel and keep an eye out for more videos coming soon.

Got an idea for a video you would like to see? We would love to hear from you:

Tel: +44 (0) 1275 848099
Email: enquiries@aspireeurope.com

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MSP® Programme Organisation in a Nutshell

Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director (and lead author of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) talks about the Programme Organisation chapter of the MSP manual.

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What is Integrated Assurance?

Integrated Assurance is a term that has become common parlance over the last 5 or 6 years. The origins of the concept were the UK government monitoring of the London Olympics. It was such a complex programme with so many governance bodies wanting to satisfy themselves that everything was going well that people with in the programme were almost professional interviewees.

However, there is little definition around what integrated assurance actually is, for those of you that have an interest in this, we have found this useful article by KPMG that provides a useful overview of the “Three lines of defence” concept.

Enjoy

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Aspire Europe Course Summary

Aspire Europe offer a range of training solutions to support organisations in delivering their change effectively, many of our courses offer formal qualifications that are unique to Aspire Europe Ltd to help motivate and recognise the achievements of your teams.

Training is only one element of raising your capability and improving performance, the proof of the pudding is whether the new skills and knowledge is put into action back in the business. A maturity assessment to identify your strengths and weaknesses and using training as a vehicle to underpin improvements is an essential element of the improvement mix. We can offer a skills matrix for each of the key roles in change to help you target your training, and can conduct a maturity assessment using P3M3® to provide you with a baseline.

View our complete course summary here

P3M3® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.

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What is Integrated Assurance?

Integrated Assurance is a term that has become common parlance over the last 5 or 6 years. The origins of the concept were the UK government monitoring of the London Olympics. It was such a complex programme with so many governance bodies wanting to satisfy themselves that everything was going well that people with in the programme were almost professional interviewees.

However, there is little definition around what integrated assurance actually is, for those of you that have an interest in this, we have found this useful article by KPMG that provides a useful overview of the “Three lines of defence” concept.

Enjoy

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Project Leadership Competition Winner!

As regular readers of our email bulletins/promos and our LinkedIn followers will know, we recently ran a question competition to win a free signed copy of Project Leadership (Third Edition).

The question was:

Is the development of leadership skills necessary for?

A) Only junior programme and project professionals – more senior professionals will naturally develop these skills

B) Only senior programme and project professionals – more junior professionals should focus solely on the process of delivery

C)  All programme and project professionals whatever their level  and experience

With the answer being C.

Thanks to all those who entered, you all got the question correct. However there could only be a winner –  So congratulations to Stephen Evans who has won a free copy of the book! You will be contacted by one of our team shortly.

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