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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.

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

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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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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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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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9 Fresh Insights for Modernising Leadership Training

Developing the skills of leaders and managers to work in an ever-changing, technology enabled, virtual world is a constant challenge. The Towards Maturity Leadership study, in partnership with KPMG in the UK, is in the process of exploring what successful organisations are doing to prepare their leaders and manage

Click here for some early insights to challenge your thinking

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APM Coaching trend guide published

APM’s latest trend guide has been published as a free download. Coaching in the Project Environment  is the second title from APM’s Emerging Trends range. It covers the growing phenomenon of coaching project individuals and project teams to achieve better results.


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Executive Sponsor Engagement

Click here to read PMI’s Pulse of the Profession®  In-Depth Report on Executive Sponsor Engagement – TOP DRIVER OF PROJECT AND PROGRAM SUCCESS


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