Define the problem – a guide to investment logic mapping (ILM)

Investment Logic Mapping was all the rage a few years ago but it has been lost in time. It originated in Australia and provided an approach to developing the justification for a business investment.

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ILM is a brilliant way to understand the problem, think about the outcomes and clarify where the costs and benefits sit. They should be made compulsory in all Programme Briefs!

This guide by Ed Brown (Aspire Assess Director) outlines why you should use Investment Logic Mapping (ILM) to see what value the use of ILM will bring to your investments.

It is a powerful and extremely cost-effective way to bring shape and structure to your investment before you head off into expensive blind alleys.

We hope you find this useful

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Fresh Look – Vision statements

We thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the guiding principles that underpin the world of portfolio, programme and project management. In a world of information overload, it is very easy to lose sight of what matters.

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In this post, we visit the old vision statement chestnut. Everyone loves talking about visions and leadership but when the opportunity comes to put them into practice within a programme environment, quite frankly most of them are about as much use as an umbrella in a wind tunnel.

In this article, we briefly reflect on a topic that is at the source of most programme failures due to not establishing a vision that people understand and genuinely commit to, is a core source of programme failure.

 

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Case study – implementing a Change Advocates network

As regular blog watchers will know, Aspire Academy were involved in a TJ Awards short-listed change management training and development programme at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The Aspire Academy team who delivered the assignment were Robert Cole and David King.

This video outlines how we designed and implemented an approach that pulled together a disparate group of change people across a number of sites into a coherent and functioning organisation.

If you would like to see the full case study  click here

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Press Release: Aspire Europe acquire Rovsing Business Academy, Denmark

Bristol, 1st December.  0900

Aspire Europe Ltd are very pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Rovsing Business Academy, a Danish based  training company offering Axelos and APM Group training courses.  Anders  Murmann has been appointed at as the CEO.

Rod Sowden, Managing Director, Aspire Europe Ltd said “This is a really exciting development for Aspire Europe, acquiring such a well known brand in Denmark provides us with the opportunity to expand our operations and establish solid foundation inside the  EU.  We are very pleased to have  Anders onboard and running our Danish operations. He is a great addition to the Aspire Europe management team and we are looking forward to working with him in the years to  come”

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Deadly Sins: Adopting Agile

Deadly sinsOver the last year or two we have reviewed a number of programmes and projects that are using an “agile” approach. There are a number of common problems which have come to light that should be of interest to any organisation setting out on an agile endeavour for the first time.

Agile, Lean or project management are not cures for unproductive or incompetent teams, weak leadership or poor performance management. All methods have their place and can add value and improve performance but none on their own are a panacea as they all depend on the capability of the people involved.

This article sets out some of the key lessons that we have taken from our reviews.

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The great programme management debate – MSP v PMI

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In the world, there are two main programme management frameworks, the MSP® framework which we have been so heavily involved in, and the PMI Programme Management framework from the US based community.

We were commissioned to write a paper comparing the two approaches and we thought this article would be an interesting reference point if you are looking to develop programme management understanding.

The overwhelming conclusion of this article is that organisations delivering programmes need to exploit the strengths of both approaches and once understood, they are surprisingly compatible and build on the strengths and weaknesses of each other rather than proposing opposing approaches.

The article has been written by Rod Sowden, lead author for MSP® 2007 and 2011.

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

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PRINCE2® 2017 eLearning Available Now

We are pleased to announced that our PRINCE2® 2017 accredited eLearning is now available to purchase.

PRINCE2 is the most practised method for project management, and our courses will teach you the fundamentals necessary to apply the key elements of project management, such as risk management and control of resources.

With our eLearning, you will receive 12 months’ access to your course where you will be able to study at your own time and pace, from anywhere that has an internet connection. Once you have completed the course you will have obtained the knowledge to undertake the exam. We have the facilities for you to sit the exam remotely online 24 hours a day 7 days a week from anywhere in the world.

To find out more about the PRINCE2 2017 update, please click here

If you would like more information, please contact theacademyteam@aspireeurope.com or call 0117 440 2560

PRINCE2® is a [registered] trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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