Category Archives: Planning

The Golden Thread of Planning

Back in 2008 Aspire Europe started delivering maturity assessments (using P3M3®), part of which is reviewing how effective organisations were at planning. Our experiences from these maturity assessments and working with clients, is that planning is  an area of weakness for many organisations. this article goes back to basics and identifies one or two of the reasons for this.

Based on the findings, the P3M3® lead author, Rod Sowden, goes back to basics and identifies one or two of the reasons for this . To read more, click here

If you find the article useful – please let us know

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Our books – Practical guides to getting things done – 10% off!

Anyone can claim to be at the leading edge of the industry or a thought leader, but how many people put themselves ‘out there’ and go into print as authors securing the backing of one the world’s leading publishing companies like TSO?

As evidence of our unique position, we have listed below where we have contributed to the development of the programme and project management profession through leading the development and authorship of the following publications. For all of the below publications, we are able to offer a 10% discount (off the listed price) if bought through us. Contact us to find out more

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July highlight report – Brexit – the biggest MSP® programme ever

In July we posted an analysis of the situation in the wake of the referendum and used the “Managing Successful Programmes” (MSP®) framework to illustrate the steps that any good transformation programme should follow and  how these could be applied to Brexit. The original article can be found here

1 month on, we can see that the steps we recommended and the likely solution are coming to life so we thought it useful to illustrate these as any good programme would, with a highlight report, summarising the progress and tracking the activities that MSP recommends for initiating (Identifying) a programme.

Hope you find it useful

Rod Sowden | Managing Director Aspire Europe and Lead author for MSP®

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PRINCE2® Change Knowledge Nugget

From our partners in Brisbane, CC Learning this  high octane vodcast (see below) outlines the key concepts in the PRINCE2® change theme. The video is presented by their managing director, Scott Spence

Why not take a look at our taster version of the PRINCE2 Foundation course?

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Why project planning matters

Would you set off on a journey without planning your route first? Effective project planning ensures you reach your project destination on time and on budget. To read more click here

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TSO selects Aspire Europe publication to be featured book

Our recently published book  “The practical guide to project planning” has been selected by the publishers as their book of the month for May. This is an exciting development and shows the faith and commitment TSO have for Aspire Europe and the quality of our work.

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A Practical Guide to Project Planning: Ten Key things

Ten things that will you find in the Practical Guide to project planning – a step by step guidA Practical Guide to Project Planninge that you won’t find in other
planning books:

  1. It is written with you in mind! We are not expecting you to be a guru, building the Olympic Park or managing High Speed 2, everyday projects are hard enough
  2. Successful planning is about people and behaviours! Rather than techniques and tools, the data needed for planning is assembled through a number of activities, not making up numbers to feed into a software package
  3. Business projects are different to technical projects! So we have used a business project as the case study, these tend to be less predictable and have elements of different project types in them
  4. Moderating optimism! We have included guidance on setting priorities, estimation and helping to moderate the optimism bias gives you more chance of finishing successfully
  5. Planning lifecycle! We have used a lifecycle that shows the stages and events that trigger planning activities, instead of giving you a list of techniques, we bring it to life for you. The focus is on “How” to plan rather than telling you “what” to do
  6. Techniques at the right time! Every step of the way we offer a technique to use at each point, with an explanation of what it does and how you should use it
  7. Worked examples! We illustrate each technique with a worked example based on a case study that provides an example of everyday challenges we face
  8. Templates and tools! All part of the process, but effective planning is based on having the right information available at the right time, the focus of the book is on systematically collecting this information
  9. Useful check-lists! Common areas of failure for most projects, to help you avoid making them, we also include an example template on how to assemble your planning information
  10. Clear responsibilities and tasks for all the main roles involved with planning, which is everyone involved with the project!

For more information on  the book and how to buy from The TSO, click here

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