Change Management Advice

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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Stop, look up, and breathe; how to thrive in the NHS environment

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How do you break the daily cycle of urgency and find time to look ahead? With so much change in the NHS, you could be finding the day-to-day ‘hamster wheel’ overwhelming. Our guest writer Rita Symons (BSc, MSc, PCert.), writes about the necessity of allowing space to focus, and offers guidance on how to not only survive but thrive in the NHS today.

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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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3 ways contractor timesheets improve project management

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Although widely disliked, contractor timesheets are on often overlooked tool for developing leaner, smarter and more effective ways of managing your programmes and projects. In this blog, our resident PMO expert David Walton looks at 3 core ways in which timesheets can be used to improve your PMO. I’m always surprised how the mention of […]

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Using the right toolset on Cost Improvement Programmes

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The level of change in the NHS is increasing and many programmes that Trusts need to deliver are Cost Improvement Programmes (CIPS). A (CIP) is the identification of schemes to increase efficiency/ or reduce expenditure. CIPs can include both recurrent (year on year) and non-recurrent (one-off) savings. For each CIP scheme, a Quality Impact Assessment […]

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Five steps to choosing the right PMO tool

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Do you find that the level of change in organisations keeps increasing? And that such change initiatives are often transformational programmes where the outcomes are critical for the organisation? To function effectively we need to have the right people and resources, and of course the right tools. But where do you begin? In this blog, […]

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Trying to implement change in the NHS with the wrong tools

Project tools don’t cut it! Why you need the right tools for NHS Transformational Programmes

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Understandably, there is still reluctance to spend money on PMO and programme tools when budgets in the NHS are tight. But, says PMO expert David Walton, when it comes to NHS Transformational Programmes including STP and CIP, the potential prize of these programmes means that a late delivery or a missed outcome will far exceed […]

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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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