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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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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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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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Our PM3 project management tool gives the detail that Excel can't

PM3 release 10.4 now available

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We are pleased to announce that the latest version of PM3 is now available, including powerful new functionality for Action Logs and notifications. Other highlights include: Action Logs Notifications Lessons Learnt Improved Gantt Charts Importing costs from PM3time New reports Take a tour of our PMO Tool PM3 If you want to find out more […]

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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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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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