Making P3 simple, repeatable and agile
  • 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

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 […]

6 honest servants to build your Communications Plan

Do you know who said this? “I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were: Where, What, When, Why, How and Who”? You probably don’t know – but you’ll recognise his name. It’s Rudyard Kipling, author of “The Jungle Book”, now famous as a Disney film. Rudyard Kipling’s saying […]

Project management, change management are like apples and pears

Should a project manager be a change manager? The traditional answer was YES, a project manager should know how to manage change. Today the answer is more often NO, as there are new and better ways to manage change. Change initiatives are increasingly using a new role of Business Change Manager to manage complex change. […]

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 […]

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 […]

How MSP helped a tiny organisation… to survive

There is a growing understanding that Programme management is vital for big organisations. Methods like MSP are increasingly used by big organisations for major transformational programmes like    •    company mergers    •    business reengineering (e.g. ERP or CRM rollout)    •    launch of new products, services or markets    •    public sector reorganisation    •    major sporting events which […]

MSP: the ‘Do Nothing’ vision

What is a ‘do-nothing vision’ in MSP? Managing Successful Programmes suggests that a programme team should elaborate a vision of the future. This is an agreed and communicated vision of the desired future. As a contrast to this desirable future vision, it can be useful to analyse the “do nothing” option. Your change programme may […]

Four profiles of programme management actors

Win-win with MSP in Madrid I’ve spent the week in Madrid training people from a telecoms company on Programme Management. The company has four types of people it needs to train. The training is based on MSP, the Programme Management framework from OGC. In broad terms, MSP targets transformational programmes. These deliver change. They change […]

Focus on transformation not PMOs

How a focus on business transformation programme gave the right PMO solution I recently spent a couple of days with a fast growing hi-tech company in snowy Stockholm.I was invited to help them with their PMO deployment, but it soon became clear that their urgent needs were based on an upcoming business change. They needed […]

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