Making Project Management simple, repeatable and hybrid
  • Lean3 for P3

    Projects, Pgms, Portfolios

  • Build your Project Factory

    Ensure repeatable success

  • Steps to Agility

    Hybrid Project Management

  • Lean3 for P3

    Projects, Pgms, Portfolios

  • Build your Project Factory

    Ensure repeatable success

  • Steps to Agility

    Hybrid Project Management

Use recipes to bake better projects

Use recipes to bake better projects Are your projects unpredictable? Maybe they are a bit like my mother’s cakes! Better cakes, better projects My mother wasn’t a great fan of recipes. She had some cookery books, but didn’t always use them. She often baked a cake without using a recipe. Consequently, our family had some […]

When standard Project Management life-cycles are surprising

When standard Project Management life-cycles are surprising A few years ago, I created a project management software package called TrioProject. The package was quite good, but it had a major flaw. It used a Gate process approach, which was good. But it standardised the Gate processes… and to my great surprise, that proved to be […]

Why Lean PMOs use CoPs not policemen

Why Lean PMOs use CoPs not policemen How do you improve project management in an organisation? The “classical” solution was to create a PMO (a project management office). The PMO published standards, then told everyone to use their new standards. That approach often failed for two reasons. Firstly, the standards were heavy and impractical, written […]

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

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