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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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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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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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