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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

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PRINCE2® 2017 – Download a free chapter

The new Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 guidance is published next week (18/05/2017) and can be pre-ordered from here

But if you can’t wait until then, you can download the Content summary and Chapter 4, Tailoring and adopting PRINCE2, of Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® (2017 Edition) to get an exclusive preview of the updated guidance.

The above download requires a log in (it is quick and easy to create a user profile).

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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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P3M3® at the United Nations

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We would like to share with you an interesting case study about the use of P3M3® at the United Nations.

As an operational arm of the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) helps partners deliver around $1 billion worth of aid and development projects every year. The UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries to achieve sustainable development. UNOPS always aims to satisfy or surpass partner expectations by advancing sustainable implementation practices within the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding context.

UNOPS has over 20 years of experience in providing project management, procurement, and infrastructure services to governments, donors and UN organizations. Within those areas, UNOPS focuses on supplementing partner capacities, improving speed, reducing risks, boosting cost- effectiveness and increasing quality. UNOPS operates across 80 countries with over seven thousand personnel, most of whom work in some of the world’s most challenging places. UNOPS is a self- financing organization with a business model that is unique to other entities in the UN system

To see the full case study, please follow the  link 

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AXELOS August Flash Sale

This month you can get a copy of Management of Portfolios (MoP®) and P3O® (as well as all other AXELOS publications available from TSO) at a 25% discount, please contact us for more details.

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Department for Energy and Climate Change shares its experience with P3M3® v3.0

Back in February we shared the official case study for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and their experience with  P3M3® v3.0.

Following on from this, on the 20 May at 2:oopm GMT Summer Time, AXELOS will be hosting a webinar on – How would you rate the maturity of your project or programme management organization?

This webinar is hosted by AXELOS’ P3M3® SME, Mike Acaster and presented by John Power, former Head of Project Delivery for the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). John will share his experiences of how DECC, a department which valued the whole life of its projects at £169 billion, leveraged the P3M3 v3.0 maturity model to benchmark and improve its project management office.

The session will include:

  • A summary of the structure and benefits of P3M3 v3.0
  • A comparison of version 3.0 to previous versions of the P3M3 model
  • An overview of how the DECC leveraged P3M3 v3.0 to assess its maturity and drive successful change
  • A chance for a Q&A with both Mike Acaster and John Power.

Register for their webinar – here


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PRINCE2 Agile – CC Learning presentation

For those interested in the new PRINCE2® Agile certification. This new certification and guidance helps blend the two concepts of PRINCE2 governance with the slick delivery of Agile, combining control with flexibility. The following presentation in Wellington was one of the first in the world. PRINCE2 Agile is a trademark of AXELOS Limited

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PRINCE2® Agile – two worlds become one in latest best practice guidance

A ground-breaking initiative to blend PRINCE2 and agile methods in a new best practice guide and qualification is underway at AXELOS and scheduled to launch in 2015.

This first significant development from AXELOS’ Project and Programme Management (PPM) portfolio is about equipping seasoned PRINCE2 practitioners to tailor their management controls for an agile way of working while simultaneously assisting agile practitioners to better understand PRINCE2 governance requirements.

Two leading experts – agile consultant, Keith Richards of agileKRC and US-based Larry Cooper of BSSNexus Global Inc., are now involved in creating the new guidance and gathering feedback from the user community as well as our Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs), consulting organizations and academia.

Frances Scarff, Product Development Director at AXELOS said: “We believe the concepts in PRINCE2 and agile are complementary, mutually supportive and should be part of the skills toolkit for professionals responsible for both project management and agile delivery.”

Read more about the project  on the AXELOS website, where you can also view a video of AXELOS CEO Peter Hepworth announcing these exciting new developments at the LEADit event in Australia earlier this year, plus a blog post on the topic from our PPM Portfolio Manager, Mike Acaster.


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News from AXELOS

We have recently received the following from AXELOS.


At just past the half-way point in 2014, AXELOS is embodying the Latin phrase “A posse ad esse”: from the possible to the actual. We’ve talked a lot about it; now it’s becoming a reality.

It is one year since the AXELOS joint venture was established, six months since we began trading under the new name and we now have 50 members of staff. The second half of the year is ahead of us, promising a host of new initiatives that we’re looking forward to sharing with you.

We’ve learned a lot this year from visiting and talking to our partners and companies around the world. While there are some common themes, there are hugely diverse factors affecting organizations in every geographic location. Previously in best practice frameworks the notion of “translation” into different languages was dominant. Now, the trend is more about “localization”. To this end, we’re working closely with our local partners to explore how this comes to life in practice, whether it’s in India, Japan, Australia or elsewhere.

Equally, we have repeatedly witnessed evidence of the need for best practice frameworks: multinational companies with a spread of technology are eager to instil a common language for best practice across their organizations. In turn, they see value in all their people adopting best practice approaches, going far beyond adoption by the professionals who have “project management” in their job title.

But if I were to point to specific initiatives that encapsulate the new world AXELOS wants to help create for global best practice communities, there are two in particular: the launch of the Global Partner Programme and the investment we’re making in marketing and advertising the concept and solutions for best practice frameworks (both featured in this eBulletin). With campaigns in high profile media including The Economist and the FT, along with co-marketing opportunities, our training organization and examination institute partners can be assured – you are no longer alone in selling best practice!

These examples illustrate the original logic behind setting up AXELOS and are key milestones on a journey we’re taking alongside our global training and exam institute partners. And we thank you sincerely for your help and co-operation during the first phase.

With the right partners, team and products in place, going from the possible to the actual can happen sooner than you think.

Peter Hepworth
AXELOS Global Best Practice

More updates from AXELOS can be found here.

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PRINCE2®: Recognition of Prior Learning Initiative

As you will probably already know, to be eligible to sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination, you must first have passed the Foundation examination.

However from the 1 July 2014 this will change, with AXELOS® confirming it will recognise certain certification from specific organisations when project managers are applying to take the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam.

For the full story – Click here 


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