Archive for 2015

NHS

Two ways to cut NHS costs and do ‘more with less’

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We could all agree that the NHS needs to try to do more with less, i.e. be more efficient. NHS costs are constantly in the news, but all organisations including private sector ones can operate more efficiently. NHS Budgets may have been ring-fenced but with an ageing population and the rising cost of treatment, the […]

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project myths exploded

Project Management Myths. PRINCE2 makes a good project manager

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I am writing a series of blogs ‘exploding’ some project management myths. The first of these blogs is about the value of investing millions of pounds training project managers in PRINCE2. We at Bestoutcome were working recently at an oil company where there was a desire to improve the success rate of projects. This was […]

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Our PM3 project management tool gives the detail that Excel can't

PM3 release 10.4 now available

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We are pleased to announce that the latest version of PM3 is now available, including powerful new functionality for Action Logs and notifications. Other highlights include: Action Logs Notifications Lessons Learnt Improved Gantt Charts Importing costs from PM3time New reports Take a tour of our PMO Tool PM3 If you want to find out more […]

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Beating heart of NHS change

Making the PMO the beating heart of the NHS Change Agenda; an NHS PMO Case Study

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PM3, the preferred NHS PMO tool used by numerous NHS PMOs across the UK, has again been featured in the leading Project and Programme Management magazine Project Manager Today in a detailed article describing three individual NHS PMO case studies. Titled ‘Making the PMO the beating heart of the NHS Change Agenda: A Special Case […]

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Retail is like air traffic control

Why Retail Operations is like Air Traffic Control

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Whether it is new ranges, POS roll-outs, staff training or store refits, the level of change in retail is increasing. Retail is a very competitive landscape and we have seen high-profile retailers come unstuck by a lack of investment in stores or poor implementation of change in retail stores. Retailers cannot do everything that they […]

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Why project managers need a PMO Tool

Why some Project Managers don’t want to use a PPM tool and why they should!

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A recent client of ours who had been using PM3, our Project, Portfolio Management (PPM) tool, complained that some project managers did not want to use a PPM tool as they did not see what benefit they got. Virtually every PPM vendor gets this response at some stage. I’d like to explain why this comment […]

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Why a Portfolio is like an iTunes playlist!

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For those of you who read my blogs, you will know that Bestoutcome has developed a PPM tool, PM3, to manage Projects, Portfolio and Programmes.  Our background is in managing large projects and programmes and our tool, PM3, is designed by practitioners for practitioners. One of the strengths of PM3 is its ability to manage […]

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The benefits of a PMO tool to the NHS illustrated

Why do some NHS PMOs ignore this vital cost saving method?

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CCGs and NHS Trusts are running many projects and programmes. These may be Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) projects, mental health or cost reduction programmes. These initiatives typically run into millions of pounds and they need to be managed and monitored to ensure their outcomes are on track to be delivered. It is still […]

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Using Change Management to implement PPM successfully

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A feature of my recent blogs has been how to choose the right PPM tool for your organisation. Too often, I have seen a glitzy tool that has been chosen and the organisation has years of painful implementation ahead of them. And some just abandon the toolset. So assuming that you have picked the tool […]

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20:20 webinars

20:20 webinars – “Change overload and how to avoid it”

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Join us for a 20-minute webinar on the 20th of the month, starting at 14:00 UK time. Change overload and how to avoid it These days it feels like everything we get asked to do is top-priority. But how do you prioritise when everything is top-priority, and what happens when the list of top-priority changes […]

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