Category Archives: Portfolio Management

PMIQLD April Chapter Event Presentation by Rod Sowden

Here is the video of the presentation Rod Sowden (Aspire Europe Ltd. Managing Director and lead author of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) recently gave at the PMIQLD April Chapter Event. The presentation was on – Expert insights into the European market for project, program and portfolio management.

Enjoy

MSP® and P3M3® are [registered] trade marks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Southwark Council for 100% pass rate on their PRINCE2® Foundation exams.

Also congratulations to all delegates at Plymouth City Council for another 100% pass rate on their MOP® Foundation exams.

Well done to our trainer Nick Carter who delivered both these courses and helped all delegates pass their exams with flying colours and also congratulations on keeping his 100% exam pass rate for all delegates he has trained.

PRINCE2® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.

MoP® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.

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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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Filed under APM, Aspire Academy, Benefits Management, Business Project Management, Change Management, Governance, Knowledge Nugget, Learning, MoP®, MSP®, M_o_R®, p3o, Planning, Portfolio Management, PRINCE2®, Programme & Portfolio Office, Programme Management, Project Management, Risk Management, Sponsor Advice, Stakeholder Management, Training

New APM webinar: PMO competences and career paths with the new APM Competence Framework

One of our team recently dialled in to this new webinar from APM delivered by Eileen Roden and Simon George.

The webinar shows you how the PMO function has been accounted for in the new framework and demonstrates how the framework:

  • Enables you to identify strengths and development needs to support your career progression
  • Provides you with clearly defined competences with outcome focused performance indicators
  • Can be used by PMOs and PMO professionals (source APM)

They had this to say after attending it – It was interesting to learn about the roles and responsibility within a PMO – I would very much like to work in a PMO, than be the project manager!

I wonder if everyone who attended has had that thought?

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Aspire Academy average exam pass rate

We at Aspire Europe are pleased to announced that result statistics from the exam institute show our average pass rate across all our products and qualification levels is a 97% success rate over the past year!

Well done the Academy Team.

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Filed under APM, Aspire Academy, Change Management, MoP®, MSP®, M_o_R®, p3o

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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Portfolio Management Insight

Portfolio Management involves the collection in one place of relevant information about the organisation’s investment initiatives including programmes and projects and aligning their delivery with strategic objectives, business requirements and the organisation’s capability, capacity (to deliver change and adopt change) and maturity.

There are many examples of organisations improving performance through the adoption of a structured approach to managing their portfolio. Why not have a read about how BT Design used P3O® to create a Centre of Excellence by reading this case study from AXELOS

If you would like something more interactive, this lecture discusses some key principles in strategic portfolio management, prioritising your portfolio, framing and better decision making.

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