Category Archives: Vodcast/Video

Democracy is killing our infrastructure

Massive construction

At the APM Programme Management conference last year, there was a tremendous presentation from one of the grandees of major infrastructure programmes and projects in the UK. He outlined how politics were and have been at the root cause of the degeneration of the UK infrastructure over many generations.

I had always thought of the Victorian era as our golden age. I was disappointed to find out that most of the investment was by entrepreneurs rather than our government, and most of them ended up broke as a result of the altruism.  Therefore, the only people making money out of infrastructure appeared to be the builders.

The golden age of UK infrastructure investment was the 50’s and 60’s – an era pre-dawn of Thatcherism.  That was when big decisions and actions were taken on  motorways, power stations, schools  and infrastructure. It is the period we remember for the demise of railways and not much else, so history has been very unkind to that generation.

It was also an era of nationalised industries and high levels of government controlled investment. Apparently the countries that have the highest levels of infrastructure investment tend to be a little light on the democracy side of things, hence the conclusion that democracy is killing our infrastructure.

By chance I have come across this excellent youtube video which looks at mega project failure and provides an interesting insight by Michael Hobbs into a major tunnel project in Seattle

 

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MSP® Business Case in a Nutshell

Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director (and lead author of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) talks about the Business Case chapter of the MSP manual.

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PRINCE2® 2017 update

In January 2017 our partners and owners of PRINCE2®, AXELOS, announced the upcoming arrival of updated PRINCE2® guidance and Foundation and Practitioner examinations. Together, these form the PRINCE2 2017 update and represent the first major revision of PRINCE2 since 2009. Below is a  video (from AXELOS) introducing the update:

The PRINCE2 update will see a new edition of the PRINCE2 manual (which is available for pre-order), plus updated training materials and Foundation and Practitioner examinations. These will be launched in mid-2017. The update is seen as evolutionary and new manual has:

  • Stronger emphasis on tailoring.
  • Guidance throughout the book on how to tailor.
  • More linkage between the themes and Principles.
  • More guidance through tailoring on how to use PRINCE2 in the environment.

We will bring more updates as they come.

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Overview of P3M3® threads [video]

In this video, Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director (and P3M3®  joint lead author 2015) gives an overview of the P3M3 threads.

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A better way of showing Programme Lifecycles [video]

In this video, Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director talks about Programme Lifecycles.

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Overview of P3M3® [video]

In this video, Rod Sowden (P3M3 joint lead author 2015) provides an overview of the P3M3 model, some of the history and how the model works:

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MSP® Governance Theme Overviews

Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director (and lead author of the current version of MSP®) gives quick overviews to the governance theme chapters of the MSP manual, in the below playlist.

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