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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

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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.

Just published - SRO

 

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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!

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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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