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:
- Organisational capability – assessed using P3M3 and identifies your systemic strengths and weaknesses which can be addressed
- Programme and project viability – assessed by independent or peer assurance to provide an objective assessment of the likelihood of success
- Gate reviews – line management decisions on whether to continue to invest in the idea
Integrated Assurance is a term that has become common parlance over the last 5 or 6 years. The origins of the concept were the UK government monitoring of the London Olympics. It was such a complex programme with so many governance bodies wanting to satisfy themselves that everything was going well that people with in the programme were almost professional interviewees.
However, there is little definition around what integrated assurance actually is, for those of you that have an interest in this, we have found this useful article by KPMG that provides a useful overview of the “Three lines of defence” concept.
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?
The Align Framework is the market leading Portfolio, Programme and Project Management framework developed by Aspire Europe to support organisations wishing to raise their performance and maturity.
The first version was released in 2009 as a programme management method, that turned MSP from a framework into a method that could be used by a number of programmes.
In 2012 the project management method was added along with portfolio management.
The framework is built upon the best of public best practice, but with the Aspire Europe IPR added to take the best of all worlds and integrate the models.
For an overview of the framework place click here or go to the Aspire Europe website at http://www.aspireeurope.com
Rod Sowden, Managing Director Aspire Europe said “We have been working on the Align Framework concept for 5 years, it is specifically designed to meet the requirements of P3M3 maturity level 3, it is a fully configured framework that the client can adopt in the standard format or customise to reflect their own culture and vocabulary. In one step they have the capability to improve control and performance their challenge is then to migrate to the new working environment, which we can help with too”