Would you like some Benefits with that?

“Hello, welcome to the ICT area, may I take your order please?” “Hi there, I’d like a large digital transformation, with big data, plenty of agile, and I want it now” “Would you like some Benefits with that?” “Errr, sure, why not – get someone to cook them up and put them in a [...]

This is what the Minister wants

“This is what the Minister wants – that’s the business case”. I wish I had a dollar for every time a senior public servant has said that to me. It is almost invariably provided as the explanation as to why the project they are directing doesn’t have a business case. It is also almost [...]

By |2019-11-25T05:58:38+11:00September 19th, 2017|PRINCE2, Program Management, Project Management|0 Comments

Avoid elaborate bureaucracy: how to tailor PRINCE2

Last month I wrote about one critical feature of the PRINCE2® 2017 update – tailoring, and specifically the fact that if you aren’t tailoring PRINCE2 you aren’t using PRINCE2. My blog really seemed to resonate with people, and I received feedback that many of you working in Canberra departments and agencies feel they are [...]

By |2019-11-25T05:59:07+11:00July 18th, 2017|PRINCE2, Project Management|0 Comments

Bureaucrats beware: if you aren’t tailoring PRINCE2, you aren’t using PRINCE2

Last month I wrote about the PRINCE2® 2017 update, in terms of how simplicity and agility replaces complexity and bureaucracy. This month I would like to look at one critical feature of the PRINCE2 2017 update – tailoring. By way of introduction I would like to see if the following scenario resonates with any [...]

By |2019-11-25T05:59:18+11:00June 16th, 2017|PRINCE2, Project Management|0 Comments

The PRINCE2 2017 Update: simplicity and agility replaces complexity and bureaucracy

Whether you have had great success with PRINCE2® or has struggled with practical application of the method, the 2017 update offers tremendous potential to improve how your projects are managed. I personally introduced PRINCE2 to Australia twenty years ago. Since then some departments and agencies have had great success with PRINCE2; others perceive it [...]

By |2019-11-25T05:59:38+11:00May 17th, 2017|PRINCE2, Project Management|0 Comments

Why aren’t we getting better at programme and project management?

“If we have been using MSP® and PRINCE2® in the public service for a while now, why aren’t we getting better at programme and project management?” That was the question out to me by an agency head recently. It’s a great question, and one I thought worth exploring. Are we getting better? My gut-feeling, [...]

By |2019-11-25T06:00:35+11:00March 20th, 2017|APS, MSP, PRINCE2, Program Management, Project Management|0 Comments

Are your Programmes and Projects under the pump with no time for classroom learning?

Workplace learning is a way to learn PPM methods and improve the time available for management In my previous blog “How to get Beyond Training & Templates” I introduced some of the considerations associated with learning programme and project management methods such as MSP® and PRINCE2®. I pointed out that there are many (at [...]

By |2019-11-25T06:06:04+11:00October 16th, 2015|APS, MSP, PRINCE2, Professional Development|0 Comments

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 [...]

Conflicting philosophies? Really?

As a PRINCE2® trainer for many years, I have often been asked whether you can use Agile delivery in a PRINCE2 project management environment. I typically give the ‘short answer’ – ‘Very much so; in fact they are very well suited to one another’, More often than not this has inspired lots of challenging [...]

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