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

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 […]

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 […]

Why the Project Manager is a Time Traveller

In the popular Science-Fiction film, “Back to the Future”, a mad scientist makes possible time travel. Marty, the film’s hero, can travel to the future. In real life, we can’t travel to the future, but we often need to imagine the future.The project manager (and programme or portfolio manager) is a change agent, who will […]

“Prince or Agile?” is like “Hammer or Screwdriver?”

All around the world, the Prince2 project management framework is growing in popularity, but a new challenger, Agile, has appeared. So we are starting to hear a debate “Prince2 or Agile?”. That’s an interesting question, but often it’s the wrong question. If you are starting a home improvement project, you don’t ask “Hammer or Screwdriver?”– […]

4 ways that Prince2 saves you time

Prince2 can save you time. Here’s 4 ways… there are many more! 1) Management by exception is a genuine time saver. It is essentially “hands-off” management – you establish the parameters for a block of work (a stage, a work package), and then delegate that work. It’s hands off, but it nevertheless provides management and […]

Product Based Planning: lean or not lean?

A recent survey of Prince2 users showed that Product Based Planning is their favourite part of Prince2 – without it, Prince2 would not be Prince2, they said. It’s their favourite, but is it lean? Product Based Planning is essentially lean for several reasons.• It focuses on the end deliverable• The product breakdown structure is a good means […]

Lean: multi-functional project teams

Lean or not lean? I’m struggling to get multi-functional teams working in our programme. Today, our programme organisation mirrors the current business teams (the BAU “silos”). In the coming months we have some major deliverables to produce, where all functional teams must cooperate. With today’s organisation, the teams can’t readily plan their work, as they […]

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