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Making a business case for PMO tools within the NHS

How to make a business case for professional PMO and Programme Management Tools in the NHS

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With the NHS under increasing pressure to deliver more and more change under ever increasing scrutiny, our PMO expert, David Walton, explains how to make the business case for introducing transformational programme management tools into your PMO, and dramatically increasing the odds of success for you and the NHS. In the NHS, there is drive […]

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Passing a Prince 2 or PMP exam

Does Passing a Prince2 or PMP exam improve Project Delivery?

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Are you thinking of doing the PRINCE2 certification? Contemplating sending your consultants off to obtain a similar qualification such as PMP? Our PPM Expert, David Walton, maker of our world class suite of PMO Tools such as PM3time and PM3, gives his take on qualifications vs mentoring and discusses how he thinks organisations are missing […]

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Paperclips are a commodity, not project managers

Treating Project Management as a Commodity Damages Project Delivery

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The ‘commoditisation’ of project management by procurement departments, although understandable when viewed through the prism of a simple cost-cutting exercise, is failing to deliver real value to many organisation, warns our PMO expert David Walton. I have seen a recent trend whereby project management is being treated as a commodity, often as a way of […]

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Storing personal timesheet data outside the EEU could land you in jail like this man

If your timesheet data is stored outside the EU, it could land you in Jail!

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What? How on earth can a timesheet system land me in Jail? The answer is that if your timesheet data contains personal data (and it probably does) then you must conform to the Data Protection Act (DPA) (1998), says PMO Change Delivery expert David Walton.  Many UK businesses choose a cloud based timesheet system online. […]

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Timesheet tools by Bestoutcome

How Boring Timesheets Improve Profitability

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Timesheets may often be seen as boring and dull, but selecting the right timesheet tool cuts costs and improves profitability. I’m sure you’ll agree that there is nothing boring or dull about that! I recently read the funny story of the Spanish worker who went on sick leave for 6 years on full pay but […]

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How to avoid a Black Swan Project; failure you never saw coming

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You may have heard of a black swan in an avian context or are thinking of a Natalie Portman film, but in this blog I am using them to describe the unexpected failure of a project. Essentially the opposite of good outcome management. A black swan refers to an event that comes as a surprise […]

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cut costs without pain

2 Ways Organisations can do more with less: PMO Tips

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The papers are full of falling stock markets, rising debt and a looming recession. It may be time to look at ways of being more efficient. Having worked in both the public and private sectors, there are two easy ways that all organisations can save money. Step 1: Consultant and Contractor Costs Some companies where […]

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PM3Time_SaaS_timesheet_tool

4 Steps to Select the Right Timesheet System

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There are many organisations where a timesheet system is perceived as ‘Big Brother’ and it’s very hard to get buy-in to using timesheets. Even in organisations that do not have this strong aversion, it is important to select the right timesheet system which meets the needs of both staff (timesheet users) and managers (using the […]

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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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