Making P3 simple, repeatable and hybrid
  • Lean3 for P3

    Projects, Pgms, Portfolios

  • Making P3 simple

    Ensure repeatable success

  • Steps to Agility

    P3 + Agile = Hybrid

  • Lean3 for P3

    Projects, Pgms, Portfolios

  • Making P3 simple

    Ensure repeatable success

  • Steps to Agility

    P3 + Agile = Hybrid

Toyota is not just a car maker. Are you just a project manager?

Toyota is not just a car maker. Are you just a project manager? Toyota is the home of Lean Manufacturing. In the 50’s, Toyota developed the Toyota Production System, which became Lean Manufacturing. All world-class manufacturing today uses Lean. There’s a classic article by Charles Fishman in Fast Company, published in 2006. It analyses continuous […]

Lessons from the Bushfires: understand stakeholders to communicate better

Lessons from the Bushfires Communication is a critical success factor in project and programme management. To communicate successfully, you must analyse your stakeholders correctly. Australia has suffered horrendous fires in the past few months. The authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people from their houses. That required a lot of organisation and a lot of […]

Brexit joins the hall of infamy of Programme Management

Brexit: a case study of MSP worst practice A year ago, I wrote that Brexit was heading for failure. I compared the Brexit programme to a rudderless ship, lost at sea. Brexit is a huge programme run by the UK government. The UK government is the home of “best practice” methods like Prince2 and MSP. […]

Brexit is failing to apply the basics of MSP programme management

Brexit is failing to apply the basics of MSP programme management Brexit is heading for failure. This major programme is dominating British political and economic life and will continue to do so the several years. The British government gave us MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) but it is failing to apply MSP basics to the Brexit […]

PM2 : Government isn’t a community

PM2: Government isn’t a community In January, the European Commission published PM2. This is yet another Project Management framework created by yet another government body. This is the wrong initiative, done in the wrong way. The world doesn’t need another top-down government-inspired initiative. More so-called “best practice”. We already have the PMI from the US, […]

Why I stopped blogging (and why I’m starting again)

I stopped writing this blog in May 2015  I stopped because it was time to be less evangelical about Prince2. It was time to start facing up to the truth. My blogs were “explaining” Best Practice, as defined by Prince2. They were broadly uncritical. I assumed that Prince2 was “Best Practice”, and explained how to […]

The story of Lean3

I started working on Lean3 in 2010. My inspiration was the excellent book “The Machine that Changed the World”, the story of Lean Manufacturing. I was floundering until 2014, when I was rescued by David J. Anderson

Two words to clarify Agile

Agile is a mystery to many project managers. They are confused. That’s because they don’t understand how Agile fundamentally differs from traditional Project Management
Two concepts help clarify things, specification and discovery

Use SCRUM within projects, not for projects

SCRUM is misunderstood in the world of Project Management. The source of the misunderstanding is that SCRUM is a delivery method, not a Project Management method. SCRUM is good on delivery. The SCRUM guide is good on sprints and backlogs, but silent on Project Management. If you are a project manager, you need more than SCRUM.

When Best Practice is not best practice?

In Project Management, the term “Best Practice” has become very popular. Too often, it is overused. At worst, it is pure marketing-speak….
What should “Best Practice” mean? It should be a reflection of current practice – techniques and ways of working which are widely and currently used with success. But too often today in Project Management, Best Practice is a long way from that ideal

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