How To Get The Best From Public Service EPMOs

You work in a major public service department or agency.  It has an Enterprise PMO of some description – the team that prescribes programme and project management frameworks, and reports on major initiatives to top-level senior executives. It has been around for a while, and there is a feeling that now is the time to [...]

By |2020-09-29T14:17:13+10:00June 30th, 2020|APS, PMO|0 Comments

Is your team having superficial conversations?

I was running a client briefing recently, and something wonderful happened: an unstructured conversation broke out, and I was left standing in the corner as a spectator. I abandoned the remainder of the briefing slides, and joined the conversation where I thought I could contribute. Afterwards I reflected that this should be the norm, [...]

The APS P3M Community of Practice and Centre of Excellence are a great way for you to collaborate with peers

While SES officers are critical to effective programme management or project management, the engine room is the community of APS practitioners who have a passion for making these disciplines cornerstones of high quality policy implementation. I was therefore delighted to see the Departments of Finance and Prime Minister and Cabinet have launched a renewed [...]

How might the SES now learn from programme and project failure?

I am pleased to have been a contributor to the report “Learning from Failure”1 by Professor Peter Shergold AC, which was published in early February 2016. On page one of the report he says: “Leadership begins with finding the courage to say, ‘I accept personal responsibility for contributing to the failure to which I [...]

How to get Beyond Training & Templates

Here are three typical responses to the question “where are you with programme and project management?”: All our project managers are (say) PRINCE2®-qualified and we have a full set of templates on the intranet that they have to fill in. We’re given much theory and not enough about how to really do it. The [...]

Why I don’t care for risk theory

“Risk, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again,” as Edwin Starr never sang. But, a bit like insurance, risk is one of those things that you wish you’d paid attention to after the fact. And it is a vital component of project and programme management regardless of the mental model you [...]

By |2019-11-25T06:07:05+11:00June 3rd, 2015|PMO, Project Management|0 Comments


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