Archive for 2014

Why Programme Managers need to take the high ground.

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Many project managers strive to become programme managers. For some managing a programme is just managing a bigger project. This ‘thinking’ can be a mistake. A good and effective programme manager needs to ensure that he or she does not get too involved in the detail. There will, of course, be times when a programme […]

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selecting a PPM for NHS

How to select a PPM / PMO tool for the NHS

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The NHS CCGs are responsible for delivering many projects and programmes including QIPP initiatives. To control these programmes and track benefits, many CCGs and Trusts are looking to purchase a PPM tool to help manage these initiatives. Although I am biased – we at Bestoutcome provide PM3, a tool that many NHS organisations use – […]

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Press Release: Bestoutcome PM3 Gives Premier Inns Roll Out Insight

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June 16th 2014, Bestoutcome, a software services and project management company, today announced its partnership with Premier Inn New Openings, in which its PM3 software is being used centrally to manage and plan the rollout of its new hotels. Premier Inn operations management can now, in real-time, obtain a holistic overview of deployment progress and […]

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selecting a PPM for NHS

Successfully implementing PMO and PPM tools in the NHS

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At Bestoutcome, we have been implementing our PPM tool, PM3, in the NHS for a number of years. We have also reviewed other PPM tool implementations. We have learnt how to ensure that a PPM implementation is successful in the NHS. Our tips for success include: SELECT THE RIGHT TOOL! May seem obvious but too […]

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Mis-sold PPM?

Have You been Mis-Sold PPM?

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Over the last five years I have come across many clients who have invested in PPM tools.  I can probably count on one hand the number of these PPM implementations that the client would consider successful. Too often they have been abject failures. Does your PPM implementation resemble this scenario…. We picked a market-leading tool […]

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Case Study – The Smart way to implement PPM.

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In 2012, we started working with the University of Surrey’s IT Services department to implement PM3, Bestoutcome’s light-touch PPM tool. The University is recognised as one of the UK’s top higher education institutions, with nearly 2,500 staff and more than 15,700 students. In our experience the approach that the University took to implement PM3 was […]

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Ket to a successful PPM: Establish a drumbeat

The key to successful PPM – Establish a drumbeat

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To implement a PPM system like our PM3 the implementation should be treated like any other project. It needs: An active sponsor; Scope; Plan; Resources; Success criteria, etc Many PPM vendors simply install the software, configure it and after some formal training the ‘project’ is complete. This approach rarely works and after the initial enthusiasm […]

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Does your PM have Intelligent Disobedience?

Does your project manager have Intelligent Disobedience?

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I’ve interviewed literally hundreds of project managers over the years and it is easy to ask the candidate some basic questions on project management, e.g. what’s a risk compared to an issue, how do you plan projects etc.. You should, of course, also ask the candidate some questions to see whether he or she culturally […]

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Manage It Budgets

How to control IT project budgets (Cash or Accrual Accounting)

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Working at a new client I saw, what I thought, was a strange way to manage a project budget.  We all know that a project manager needs to mange delivery of his or her project to budget, scope and quality. In these still austere times, there is still much focus on project costs. Many organisations […]

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Retail PPM

Managing change projects in Retail

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With Retail the only constant is change! Looking back over Christmas 2013, there have been some winners in retail and some losers.  Next has clearly been one of the winners and they are contemplating a special dividend to return surplus cash to their Shareholders. It is hard to isolate what the winners have been doing […]

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