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PPM tools; techniques to get your team to love them!

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In this blog, our in-house PMO expert, David Walton, shares more tricks and tips to get your team in the right mindset to realise the enormous benefits that a PMO tool can bring.

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Why Rolling Wave Planning is an efficient way to plan your projects and programmes

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Why use Rolling Wave Planning? Because there are some major problems with planning in detail for many months in advance. We look at what they are here and why it makes sense in the long run to adopt a more nimble approach.

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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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