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

Time for timesheets.. or wait until tomorrow?

If you want to get control of your projects, you should use timesheets. Or should you? Is the accepted wisdom really wise? Timesheets allow you to measure effort; i.e. man-days of work. All project management methods suggest you should control timeand cost. Human effort one dimension of cost. It is normally expressed in man-hours or […]

Can you measure your project performance?

The Dutch say “Meten is Weten” – to measure is to know. Measurements have become fashionable everywhere. In companies, in schools, in hospitals … everything is driven by targets and measurements. Everyone is trying to deliver their targets and key performance indicators (KPI’s). The fashion has come to the world of Project Management. However, in […]

Open the gate to more effective project management

For a team manager, one of the simplest and most effective ways to structure your team’s project management effort is to introduce gate-process methods. They are not rocket science, they are not state-of-the-art, but they work. If are manage a group of projects, and you want long-lasting improvements  in project management, then you should be […]

Avoid overload: manage your personal and project bandwidth

A trap is waiting for you in today’s busy world, where everyone is under pressure to get things done, lots of things. Do it all today! Get things done now! The trap is multi-tasking. If you try to do too much at once, you lose focus and become less productive. It’s a trap at the […]

P3M3: behind the acronym is an important tool

Project Management is full of acronyms. PID, WBS, ROI… there are hundreds. Some of them help us, some of them confuse us. P3M3 is a troublesome acronym that’s been around for a few years. Some people like it, some hate it, some don’t understand it. P3M3 is certainly not a good acronym, but don’t be […]

Four ways to build value in Portfolio Management

Getting started with Portfolio Management is typically quite easy. Essentially it’s all about reporting. But once this is in place, what next? It’s easy to lose momentum and get trapped in a weekly cycle of reporting. To make sustainable progress on Portfolio Management you need identify how to add additional value from Portfolio Management. This […]

Your first Prince2 project starts like 1-2-3

Here’s how to start your first project with Prince2 in three easy steps You’ve been to Prince2 training, you’ve sat the exam. Now you are back at your desk. You re-open the manual, with its 320 pages, 19 chapters and 26 documents… where do you start?  Let’s make this as simple as 1-2-3. 1) Write […]

Why a project manager is like the conductor of an orchestra

Here’s an incredibly easy question that many people get wrong. Question: What is a project manager?  Answer: Someone who manages a project. Many projects and many companies get this question wrong. They don’t understand the project manager role. They think that the project manager delivers the project. They think the project manager is a “doer” […]

Size matters: when should big projects become programmes

Some project managers still like to use the old “rule of thumb” that a project shouldn’t last more than 9 months. This is project management folklore. If a project is longer than 9 months, says the old folklore, then it is likely to fail. So best split it into pieces. As with much folklore, this […]

Aim high to build a high performance team

In today’s fast moving world, most organisations have a large change agenda. Do you have more projects to run than people to run them? Are you forced to use inexperienced staff to run key projects? One response to this challenge is to look at best-practice frameworks like Prince2 for Project Management, or MSP for Programme […]

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