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Black Friday Deals – Discounted APMP Public Course

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Location – Manchester

Price – Formerly £1,700 now £1,275 per person (the cheapest course in the North!)

When – 13th-17th February 2017

The APM – Project Management Qualification is knowledge based and allows candidates to demonstrate understanding of all elements of project management.

Course Benefits

  • Application of APM glossary terminology
  • Increased confidence to delegates in real world application of project management
  • Thorough coverage of applicable APM Bok6 knowledge areas
  • Delegates will be fully prepared to take the PMQ (APMP) examination

What is included in the course?

  • A 5 day course delivered by a qualified and experienced trainer
  • PFQ eLearning will be included as part of the pre-course
  • The APM Project Management Qualification – Study Guide
  • PMQ examination
  • 1 year free access to any of our following (APMG accredited) Foundation and Practitioner eLearning courses; PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP®, M_o_R®, P3O®, Change Management and Managing Benefits (License valid for 12 months upon completion of  the PMQ course)
  • Refreshments including lunch, tea and coffee

Please contact coursemanager@aspireeurope.com for more information or alternatively please call our office on 01275 848099.

Please note all prices are exclusive of VAT.

 

 

 

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Project Academies – how to set up and gain value

Project Academies – how to set up and gain value from Donnie MacNicol

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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

P3M3® is a[registered] trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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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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Undisputed Thought Leadership

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 go9237 IBP Stamp_Author WHITE into print as authors securing the backing of one of the world’s leading publishing companies like The TSO?

As evidence of our unique position, we have summarised here how we have contributed to the development of the programme and project management profession through leading the development and authorship of several publications!

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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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Our Practical Guide to Project Planning is Published

Around the world less than a third of projects deliver their specified business benefits on time or within budget. Nearly 20% of all projects fail outright and under-delivery of benefits on the average project is as high as 50%!

So something is going horribly wrong somewhere, which is why we worked with the TSO to produce the Practical Guide to project planning – a step by step guidePlanning Guide Banner

We are convinced this book will make a difference to the success of your projects so why not have a look at our preview.

Back in 2008 when we delivered our first P3M3® maturity review we enquired about how that client developed and controlled plans, it was a bit of a surprise to be told their approach was MS Project; further digging revealed that there was no guidance at all, so each project manager planned independently. More reviews produced more evidence, from Bristol to Beijing and on to Brisbane, the issues seemed to be the same.

This book started life as a commission to put together a 2 day training course with some supporting guidance to help the client improve their planning. We quickly realised there was no guidance on where, when and how to plan, just lots of techniques. We set about putting together a sequence to the activities to generate the information that could be used by the techniques in a way that anyone delivering a project could follow without being a professor of Maths! For the full story behind the book, have a look at the interview with the author, Rod Sowden.

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