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10% discount on our Planning guide!

Is it time your organisation improved its planning?

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 go into print as authors, securing the backing of one of the world’s leading publishing companies like the TSO?

This book was written by Rod Sowden (Aspire Europe’s MD). It started life as a guidance for one of his customers, but later developed into a course and finally evolved into a book. It evolved as a result of P3M3® assessments, spotting a systemic problem with planning in most organisations which we found to be a global issue. The book helps to pull all the threads and concepts together into one practical guide that extracts the best from many bodies of knowledge around the world.

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We are confident this book will make a difference to the success of your projects so why not take a look inside! Contact us to find out more and how to obtain a 10% discount when purchasing through us.

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Ever wondered how you become a thought leading company?

Anyone can claim to be at the leading edge of the industry or a thought leader, but not many people back themselves and go into print as authors, even fewer get the backing of one of the world’s leading publishing companies such as The TSO.

Why not check out some of the books that we have written.

Managing Successful Programmes 2011

The lead author was Aspire Europe Managing Director, Rod Sowden and was supported by Geof Leigh, Aspire Assess Director. Together they wrote both the 2007 and 2011 versions of the manual for the OGC and Axelos and helped to establish MSP® as the de facto standard for programme management around the world.

MSP® Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners

This was jointly written by Rod Sowden and Nick Carter (one of our lead trainers) who had a significant track record as an SRO himself. It addresses the needs of new SROs who come into an intimidating environment and are expected to take full accountability for what is going on. The book is designed to help them keep their ship steady and navigate it safely to an acceptable destination.

MSP Survival Guide for Business Change Managers

This was the first in the Survival Guide series and the first of the publications intended to enhance the MSP® body of knowledge by focusing on the roles, tasks and techniques of each of the roles. The author was Rod Sowden with support from a number of the Aspire Europe team. The book was published in 2015 and filled in many of the gaps that link MSP® to business change and business architecture environments.

MSP Survival Guide for Programme Managers

This book was written jointly by Rod Sowden and Geof Leigh with support from the internal team. Published in 2016, the book developed a number of the concepts around MSP® and rewrote them for the benefits of programme managers new to MSP® and included large amounts of new materials to help set up programme governance and programme offices.

The Practical Guide to Project Planning

This book was written by Rod Sowden with the help of Tom Ford. It started life as a set of guidance for one of the Aspire Europe customers, developed into a course and finally became a book. It came as a result of P3M3 assessments and spotting a systemic problem with planning  in most organisations.  It is a global epidemic, so we wrote the book to help pull all the threads and concepts together into one practical guide which pulls the best out of many bodies of knowledge from around the world.

Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Maturity Model (P3M3®)

This is the product which changed the industry. From Version 1, the academic framework developed in 2005 to becoming a globally recognised and internationally adopted standard for measuring performance by 2015. Version 2 in 2008 was developed by Rod Sowden as the lead author, and the update released in 2015 had joint lead authorship with Andy Murray (Outperform and PRINCE2® lead author). In addition, Geof Leigh developed large sections of the model, Sam Jenkins was heavily involved in reviewing and testing the new model, Claire Rookes was the project manager and most members of the team were absorbed in some aspect of review and development.

If you can find an organisation that has contributed more to the industry, we are looking forward to finding out who they are.

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10% discount on our Planning guide!

Is it time your organisation improved its planning?

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 go into print as authors securing the backing of one of the world’s leading publishing companies like the TSO?

This book was written by Rod Sowden (Aspire Europe MD). It started life as a guidance for one of Aspire Europe’s customers, but later developed into a course and finally evolved into a book. It evolved as a result of P3M3® assessments and spotting a systemic problem in most organisations with their planning, which we found to be a global issue. The book helps to pull all the threads and concepts together into one practical guide that extracts the best from many of the bodies of knowledge around the world.

We are convinced and confident this book will make a difference to the success of your projects so why not take a look inside! We are able to offer a 10% discount if bought through us. Contact us to find out more

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

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MSP® Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners: What is in it for you?

Tim Banfield, Director of Strategy, MPA wrote the foreword for the SRO guide and says “Great programme leaders deliver great programmes. The emergence of the SRO role over the last 15 years has been a significant step forward. There is more to be done to understand what the SRO role means in different contexts and to help SROs understand how to be effective in their roles. This book is specifically targeted
at SRO’s and I am sure it will make a valuable contribution to helping them achieve consistently higher levels of performance in their role”

The Survival Guides are written specifically with a role in mind. The BCM guide focused on the benefits, techniques and processes of business change that the main manual could not cover. The Programme Manager guide focused on the controls and process of the programme. The SRO guide focuses on keeping your finger on the pulse and steering the ship through troubled waters.

What will you find in the MSP® Survival Guide for SROs:

  1. Big on practical advice, quotes and examples so your day isn’t blighted by pages of bland advice and theory
  2. A foreword from Tim Banfield of the UK Major Projects Authority, one of the most influential figures in the industry today
  3. Written from the position that this is your first programme using MSP® so explanations are practical and straightforward
  4. Simplified lifecycle with advice on where to focus your energy
  5. Flip through format for easy access to the information you need when you need it
  6. Each topic focuses on the Magnificent Seven pieces of advice to help you lead your programme
  7. Extracts from the MSP® pocket book to give you greater detail on topics if you need them
  8. Pointers on where to find more detail in the rest of the trilogy.

AXELOS are planning to use the MSP® Survival Guide series for their MSP® Advanced qualifications in the future.

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MSP® Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners published

The MSP® Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners has finally made it to the book stores (published 31st March) and joins the MSP® Survival Guide for Business Change Managers and the MSP® Survival Guide for Programme Managers  on public release to complete the trilogy.

It is written for busy SROs living in a high tempo world, it is big on incisive advice and tips, yet refreshingly short on theory and padding. It is designed to be flipped through, not studied. It is designed to be flipped through, not studied.

The MSP® Survival Guide for SROs has been written by Rod Sowden lead author of the current versions of MSP® and Nick Carter, an experienced SRO with many years in the transport industry.

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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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