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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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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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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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
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.
Ten things that will you find in the Practical Guide to project planning – a step by step guide that you won’t find in other
- 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
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
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
Moderating optimism! We have included guidance on setting priorities, estimation and helping to moderate the optimism bias gives you more chance of finishing successfully
- 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
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
- Worked examples! We illustrate each technique with a worked example based on a case study that provides an example of everyday challenges we face
- 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
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
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