Category Archives: P3M3®

Overview of P3M3® [video]

In this video, Rod Sowden (P3M3 joint lead author 2015) provides an overview of the P3M3 model, some of the history and how the model works:

We hope you enjoy it!

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P3M3® at Network Rail

Aspire Europe are pleased to announce that they have been awarded the Network Rail P3M3® assessment contract for 2016/17.

Managing Director, Rod Sowden said “This is one of the largest and most prestigious P3M3 contracts and certainly the biggest since we undertook the whole of Queensland Government in 2012. The team are elated to have won it but we are under no illusions how tough it will be to meet the exacting time frames and standards demanded by Network Rail”

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Health Service Executive, Ireland – P3M3 contract

Aspire Europe Ltd are very pleased to announce that they  have been awarded the contract to undertake a full diagnostic P3M3® assessment by HSE Ireland.

Rod Sowden, Managing Director said “We are really pleased to have won this contract and undertake our first P3M3 assessment in the Republic of Ireland, we are really looking forward to working with them in the coming months”.

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How can P3M3® help with your improvement roadmap?

P3M3® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model) is a credible and proven tool to help us understand our maturity in managing change initiatives, to allow us to better understand what specific improvements in maturity might deliver to us in terms of benefits and strategic advantage, and to allow us to plan our journey to step changes in performance.

If you are new to P3M3 please check out this link

To find out how P3M3 can help with your improvement roadmap, please read this article

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Decision Gates – The Ultimate Challenge

Establishing control gates to support effective project and programme management is the hurdle that many organisations seeking P3M3® level 3 status struggle to overcome. We have set out the problems that we have seen organisations face and advice on how to go about implementation, click here for the article

Here are five good reasons why you need to have gates:

  1. Keeps the volume of projects and programmes under control
  2. Provides the organisation with a stop lever
  3. Reduces the likelihood of programme or project failure
  4. Provides the basis for improving knowledge management
  5. Protects accountable individuals
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How to achieve Integrated Assurance?

Integrated Assurance is a very popular topic at the moment; however, most organisations have a fragmented approach to how it is achieved. To have an integrated approach requires multiple layers in the organisation to function coherently. This article explains how to achieve this integration.
The three tier approach clarifies how the models (and terms) fit together:
  1. Organisational capability – assessed using P3M3® and identifies your systemic strengths and weaknesses which can be addressed
  2. Programme and project viability – assessed by independent or peer assurance to provide an objective assessment of the likelihood of success
  3. Gate reviews – line management decisions on whether to continue to invest in the idea
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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

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