Looking Forward to Building APS Capability

Business coaching and consulting - feature in the Canberra Times 27 April 2022 Regardless of which party wins the election on May 21, the Australian Public Service (APS) will soon have to deliver on a major new policy and reform agenda. The team at consulting firm Tanner James says that a transient workforce is not [...]

By |2022-05-16T11:09:46+10:00May 16th, 2022|PRINCE2, Professional Development|0 Comments

Pacific island country – Case Study

We recently worked with a Pacific island country to assist their revenue department implement a comprehensive revenue collection strategy. With our trainer working from home and participants gathered in a conference room, we used video-conferencing to help them identify and plan their projects. Over a period of six months, Principal Consultant and Trainer; Ray Ahern, [...]

By |2021-10-13T09:36:06+11:00October 13th, 2021|PRINCE2, Professional Development|0 Comments

Here Is A Simple Way To Create 1,000 New APS Jobs

The ABC recently reported that “Commonwealth spending on consulting and labour-hire firms now exceeds $5 billion a year.” Read the full story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-10/contractors-and-the-public-service-gig-economy/12647956Tanner James is acutely aware of this situation. For more than two decades, our business has revolved around training and coaching federal government employees (in fact we’ve trained more than 15,000 staff).However, [...]

By |2020-09-29T13:49:51+10:00September 24th, 2020|Professional Development, Project Management|0 Comments

Are the best project manager’s specialists or generalists?

The recently published 2019 PPM Benchmark study from AXELOS found that the majority of project managers (54%) felt that in order to be successful in the future, they would need to become more generalist. That compared to only 34% who believed the opposite that they needed to focus on becoming more specialist. This in [...]

What makes a good project leader?

Here at Tanner James, I was recently talking to a participant on one of our PRINCE2 training courses – they are working on a nationwide project which involves a complex mix of disciplines including legal, medical, education and training. The leader of this initiative (let’s call her Sharon) has oversight of a project budget [...]

Do Project & Program Management qualifications have a future?

AXELOS, the custodians of PRINCE2 and MSP have recently published their Power of Professional Certification report into how people perceive and value qualifications. I wanted to write this post as a discussion off the back of the report and delve into some of the topics covered. Professional qualifications (and arguably most assessment based testing [...]

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 [...]

Will the Fourth of July be Programme and Project Management Independence Day in Australia?

To The Fourth of July (excerpt from Poem by Swami Vivekananda) Behold, the dark clouds melt away, That gathered thick at night, and hung So like a gloomy pall above the earth! Before thy magic touch, the world Awakes. The birds in chorus sing. The flowers raise their star-like crowns— Dew-set, and wave thee [...]

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
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