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

Q&A on Sustainable IT project management

Q&A on Sustainable IT project management   Question: Is there anything in Lean3 on Sustainability? I am also looking for a “Sustainable Prince 2 Methodology” applicable to IT projects. I’m open to any ideas. Answer:  Your need is for sustainable IT solutions. Lean3 is not your “off-the-shelf” solution – it does not directly address sustainability. […]

Review of MSP 5th Edition (Managing Successful Programmes)

Review of MSP 5th Edition I’ve belatedly got to grips with Managing Successful Programmes (MSPⓇ) 5th Edition. I’m late to the party – my book was delivered several weeks late, thanks to Brexit. The new MSP 5th Edition replaces the 2011 4th Edition, one of the most successful books produced by the team at OGC/Cabinet […]

Learn from Lean: use Collaborative Design for faster and cheaper projects

Learn from Lean: use Collaborative Design for faster and cheaper projects When should a project manager plan to use the project budget? Should you keep a lot of budget in reserve for the last part of the project, to fire-fight problems? Intuitively, the answer is YES. But the answer from Lean is NO. You should […]

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 […]

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