Category Archives: Governance

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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Make a difference – nominate for the APM Board [video]

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Download Raconteur’s Project Management report from Sunday Times

For years the project management profession has been beset by niggling problems. Not fully accepted as a separate profession, it has been starved of talented recruits with the right mix of skills. But, in a rapidly changing landscape, it is clear that project leaders focused on lean processes and agile business practices will succeed. This report examines key trends in project delivery and leadership, spotting the signs of a failing project, Britain’s most successful megaprojects and top tools for project managers

To full report is available to download

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Developing Programme Management Frameworks

No organisation can successfully deliver programmes and projects without an effective framework. Our work on developing the maturity model P3M3® and undertaking assessments of over 100 organisations enabled us to review a wide range of processes, guidance and tools that are used across a range of sectors.

We found:

  • Incomplete frameworks with inadequate lifecycles
  • Frameworks that replicate manuals and basic theory but add no value
  • Roles and responsibilities that are generic, confusing or conflicting
  • Themes, such as risk, that are not connected to the lifecycle or sit in isolation
  • Generic role definitions with no application of the responsibilities
  • Templates that bear no resemblance to the lifecycle or processes
  • Little connection between programme and project management systems
  • Portfolio Management frameworks that fail to address balancing priorities

To overcome this we developed our own Align Framework® and offer it as a fully supported package. If you would like to find out more about the Align Framework®, click here

P3M3® is a registered trademark of AXELOS Limited.
Align Framework® is a registered trademark of Aspire Europe Limited.

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National Audit Office Director “Learn from past experiences” – [Video]

Geraldine Barker, director at the National Audit Office and audit manager Bridget Jackson spoke about big project myths at the sold out APM Project Management Conference 2015 sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight.

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Business Transformation published in The Times today

Evolving global markets, disruptive technologies and workforce shifts are just a few of the forces driving business change today. But while “change” may have become the new normal, executing true “transformation” is still a significant hurdle. This report explores how leaders should approach digital transformation, the role of customer influence in business agendas, leadership skills that inspire change, building a change culture with Generation Y and change guru Dr John P. Kotter’s eight steps for successful transformation

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Project managers work one day a week for free

The average practitioner delivers over 20% on top of their contracted hours, according to the latest Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People.

Working one extra day a week for no extra recompense appears to be a common occurrence, yet wage levels in general still remain stagnant for the majority of project managers. Arras people report

The report, in its tenth year, surveyed over 2000 practitioners and provides insights into the lives and careers of project managers and those who work in the project management profession.

Starting back in 2005 the report was initially focused on salary levels for the industry before extending to its current form to include insights into the working life of a project professional.

Download the Project Management Benchmark Report from the Arras People website.

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