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Project Failure

Project Failure? You know it’s hitting the buffers when….

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Project Failure – how do you spot a failing project? Our in-house PMO expert, David Walton shares his top 3 crucial considerations that allow him to identify when a project is at risk and likely to end in project failure. These critical factors will help you spot the early warnings before it’s too late. So […]

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10 Common Sense tips on how to Plan a Project

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Struggling to Understand how to Plan a Project? Are you struggling to understand how to plan a project that keeps you and your team on target? In this blog, our resident PMO expert David Walton, shares his extensive experience on project planning using a simple, but effective, 10-step technique that will guarantee you deliver your […]

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NHS Benefits Realisation

Benefits Realisation; why some NHS organisations are way ahead in delivering programmes that realise benefits and cost savings.

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In this blog, our resident PMO expert David Walton, gives his take on why the NHS is leading the way when it comes to benefits realisation. NHS PMOs ahead on benefits realisation Most people in the UK are complimentary about the NHS in terms of treatment of patients. They are often less complimentary about any […]

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NHS CIP QIPP

NHS CIP QIPP – Stop reinventing the wheel and save money!

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NHS CIP QIPP We have been working in the NHS for over 6 years and it is, as everyone knows, an organization that needs to save money and do more with less, a significant challenge for leaders, this is why the NHS have created NHS CIP QIPP. NHS Trusts have to embark on a Cost […]

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PMO Best Practice

PMO Best Practice – What is the point of a PMO?

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PMO Best Practice Is your PMO a vital cog in a well-oiled machine or do you spend time wondering what it is that they actually do? In this blog post our PMO Best Practice expert David Walton gives his take on how to make sure you run are running a ‘value adding’, rather than ‘administrative’, […]

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timesheet analysis

One in five people waste 1/3rd of their work day; improve staff productivity with simple timesheet analysis.

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Timesheet analysis can be used to drive real & lasting improvement According to a recent survey, time-wasting at work in the UK is a huge problem. Over 80% of us admit to wasting some time and 1 in 5 actually waste a third of their entire day, every day. Our PMO expert, David Walton, has […]

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Who Should the Portfolio Office Report to?

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We are currently doing a PMO transformation at a large retail client based in London. They have had a very traditional PMO in place for a number of years. When I say traditional PMO, I mean one which is focused on reporting and timesheets. It is not fit for purpose and senior management are querying […]

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How timesheet systems drive profitability for consultancies

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I have run a consultancy, Bestoutcome, for over 15 years and before that I worked for one of the big 4 consultancies, PwC. Consultancies are in essence a simple business; you sell people for a given rate per day or per hour, if you are lucky. All consultancies need to work out a utilisation rate […]

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A ticking clock tracking time

Time tracking software; what you need to know to make it work in your organisation

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I admit that time tracking software is not the most riveting of topics, but time tracking software is an important system that helps with project costing, forecasting, control of contractors and even prevention of timesheet fraud. So, if you have decided that you need to upgrade from Excel timesheets or need new timesheet tracking software, […]

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How can the NHS cut interim rates and maintain quality?

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It’s a tricky topic and the cause of much debate: how does the NHS get better value from its Contractors without simply going the cheapest option? Resident PMO expert, David Walton, takes a look at some of the NHS Procurement challenges and shares some methods from the private sector that have reduced costs whilst adding […]

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