Change Management Advice

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Why Big PPM is Doomed to Fail.

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Choosing a PPM tool that does the job efficiently whilst meeting everyone’s requirements can be fraught with difficulty for those tasked with making it happen. With decades of experience in the PMO field, our in-house expert, David Walton, has seen many implementations fall over, and shares his experience here to help you make sure that […]

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Did an obsession with the lowest tender price help sink Carillion?

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A colleague recently reviewed a large IT programme for a Government department that had gone way over budget, in both of time and money. What was extraordinary – or maybe not – was the fact that the original bid that won was 50% lower than the other two bids. The final cost after a two […]

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5 steps to making your PPM Tool Stick in 2018

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Implementing a good PPM tool is well-worth the investment, if you can make it stick! Our PMO expert, David Walton, shows you how to get your team embracing their new PPM tool as a better way of working.

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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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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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