White Paper 15: Intelligent Project kick-off; don’t waste your time planning
Project kick-off is the most important phase of a project, bar none. But too many organisations waste time trying to produce a detailed, credible plan during kick-off when it just isn’t possible.
This white paper describes a smart, proven, outcome-driven approach to kicking off projects and programmes effectively, leading to an agreed, workable, measurable plan for delivering the work
White Paper 14: Intelligent Workforce Solutions; smart time management
Most organisations invest significant time and effort in producing good, robust, detailed plans for their projects and programmes. Many also monitor and control progress, cost and quality as the plans are delivered. But how many use timesheets to drive this progress reporting ?
White Paper 13: Intelligent Change Management; Outcome driven change
There has never been a greater need to manage change effectively within organisations, yet Change Management is so often seen as a ‘black-art’ and an unnecessary, complicated overhead. But we all know that successful change doesn’t happen by accident. So how can organisations embrace change management and help ensure that successful step-changes happen ?
White Paper 12: Intelligent Governance – Smart Gateways & Sharp Communications
The need for programme governance has never been greater, yet it is so often seen as unnecessary red tape : Programme Managers just want to get on delivering stuff, they don’t want to get bogged down in administration. Yet every programme has a number of key decision and review points, where the continued viability of the programme needs to be confirmed by the Sponsor and key stakeholders.
White Paper 11: Rolling out Change to Stores without Damaging Operational Performance
Retailers are constantly rolling out changes across their stores. It is important to understand holistically how much change is being asked of individual stores and staff members. Too much change can mean that the change is badly implemented or operational performance impacted negatively. This free white paper outlines a process and a tool, PM3, that can help understand the holistic change and smooth out change spikes.
White Paper 10 : Making the case for PPM
Before investing in Project Portfolio Management (PPM) tools you will almost certainly be asked to provide a Business Case for the investment.
Our own experience, supported by independent research, shows that clients can achieve a Return on Investment of 6-9 months and significant year-on-year savings through an investment in PPM tools.
White Paper 8: Intelligent IT Cost Reduction
This paper is based on many years of experience running and supporting IT cost reduction programmes for major UK organisations. Our focus is not on the arcane theory of cost reduction but the pragmatic, down to earth, ‘how to’ deliver results and, in particular, how to avoid the many pitfalls that exist in this type of (highly challenging) work. It won’t guarantee success but it should greatly reduce the risk of failure.
White Paper 7: Intelligent Project Prioritisation
To prioritise in an intelligent fashion rather than ‘who shouts loudest’, you need to develop a ‘balanced portfolio’ of projects that will typically be a mandatory and discretionary mix, including ‘star prizes’ (high payback and low risk), ‘early prizes’ (fast payback but typically high risk), ‘easy prizes’ (low risk but typically low payback) and ‘hard prizes’ (high payback but typically high risk).