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Project Contingency

How to manage project contingency

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The first question to agree on is whether to have any contingency in a project estimate. Some organisations refuse to countenance contingency and just want an ‘accurate estimate’ on the project cost and timeline. This really is a silly notion as you cannot possibly estimate correctly at the start of any sizeable project what the […]

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The Value of the PMO

The Value of a PMO

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I was contacted recently by a client who had just resigned as PMO lead because he had no sponsorship from the IT leadership team. My initial reaction was surprise that a PMO for a relatively large organisation was not considered valuable. However, after some reflection and a brief conversation, I realised that the PMO in […]

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Resource Management

Why Resource Management (PPM) can save a lot of money!

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I was working at a new client the other day and we talked about their pipeline of project work. One of their biggest issues is that projects are initiated without any real idea whether they can be fully resourced. Of course, if the project has a good enough business case you can go to the […]

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PM3

Press Release: Bestoutcome announces Version 8.2 to flagship solution, PM3

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Introducing a new Programme and Project Gateways functionality in v8.2 making it even easier for users to track and realign activity to achieve desired business outcomes London, 8 July 2013 – Bestoutcome, the leading consultancy specialising in outcome-driven project management, has today announced a series of significant enhancements to the functionality of its software solution, […]

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timesheet analysis

A Framework for Change

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A guest blog post from Robert Cole managing director at Centre for Change Management Doing change is hard; doing successful change is very hard. We know this because numerous surveys  show that all types of organisations have recognised the change problem and the majority claim that unsuccessful change happens more than half of the time. […]

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PM3time

Press Release: Medical Research Network selects pm3time from Bestoutcome for time management

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Web-based application will measure resource utilisation and skills requirements London, 15 July 2013 – Bestoutcome, the leading consultancy specialising in outcome-driven project management, announced today that pm3time, its web-based timesheet application, has been selected by the Medical Research Network (MRN). The clinical trial support organisation will be using pm3time across the majority of the organisation […]

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PPM – small is beautiful

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The phrase ‘small is beautiful’ may have been coined by the economist Schumacher but it can easily be applied to the world of project and portfolio management. It always surprises me how many organisations have a PPM tool in place yet struggle to extract even the most rudimentary of portfolio reports. As a result, they […]

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Quality Gateways

The importance of project quality gates

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In a previous blog on quality gates, I discussed how I first came across quality gates as a project control and governance mechanism when working at M&S about a decade ago. At the time, these were quite novel but quality gates (also known as stage gates or toll gates) have now become mainstream and most clients […]

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project outcomes

Deliver what is wanted by focusing on project outcomes

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A common theme throughout many of my blogs has been the focus on outcomes and why this is critical to delivering what an organisation actually wants. Too often the overall desired business outcome is agreed, but it then morphs into a different project outcome focused instead on delivering outputs. Let’s take an example from the […]

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excel

Governing projects – the problems with Excel!

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I have recently come across a number of clients who have been managing or governing their projects using Excel. The usual reason for this is they find it flexible and powerful, which is indeed true, but for a portfolio of more than ten projects it can be very restrictive. In this blog I explain some […]

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