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Building a PMO: A Blueprint for Success

As corporations seek every possible competitive and operational advantage, project management is gaining new momentum and importance. Today, however, corporations are looking beyond the traditional definitions of project management offices (PMOs). Organisations seek PMOs that can help reinforce the connections between project-based work and strategic goals. They also look to modern PMOs to bring operational excellence to the increasing percentage of project-based work that is done to forward business initiatives across all departments. 

Letter to Your Boss – Justify My Training

Even in organisations that view professional development as a talent retention tool, individual employees must pursue the right training. To secure your manager’s support, you want to do your due diligence to establish why the training will not only benefit you at an individual level, but also the organisation as a whole. Whether you are a certified PMP looking to maintain your professional credentials or a project-based worker looking to more formally develop the skills necessary to successfully do your job, your manager is likely looking for the same information.

Establishing a Design-Thinking Culture Across the Enterprise

Design thinking is moving out of the shadow of product development and closer to the centre of the enterprise in order to drive innovation. The shift towards applying design thinking is a response to the need for speed, innovation and breakthrough solutions to address today’s complex business challenges. Forward-thinking organisations are focusing on creating design-centric cultures that foster new ideas and reshape old ones.

Adaptive Leaders Needed: Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme

With less ability to predict the future, paired with a greater need for speed to stay ahead of the competition, organisations must be able to sense and adapt in real time. While some of this adaptive capability is embedded in organisational processes and technologies, the greatest source of competitive leverage in these situations comes from leaders.

Webinar: Adaptive Strategic Execution for a Complex World

We discuss the macro trends showing the increasing pervasiveness of project-based work, while at the same time conceding that many project-based initiatives today have a high failure rate due to today’s business complexity. As an approach to this strategy execution gap, we present an overview of Strategy Execution and Duke Corporate Education’s new Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme and explain how each of the eight courses in the curriculum aims to solve a specific leadership challenge presented by today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment.

Webinar: Navigating Ambiguity: Using Performance Multipliers to Enhance Team and Project Results

Ambiguity is a way of life in today’s business world, especially for those tasked with leading project-based work teams. Project leaders must be comfortable with ambiguity in order to drive their teams toward success by gaining the skills and creating the conditions that allow everyone to take risks, try new approaches, and if required, rapidly change direction.

Navigating Ambiguity: Using Performance Multipliers to Enhance Team and Project Results

Ambiguity is a way of life in today’s business world, especially for those tasked with leading project-based work teams. Project leaders must be comfortable with ambiguity in order to drive their teams toward success by gaining the skills and creating the conditions that allow everyone to take risks, try new approaches, and if required, rapidly change direction.

The Top Five Commercial Skills Needed To Be a Great Business Analyst

The business analyst needs to be aware of the What, Why, When, How, Where and Who throughout the project lifecycle.

Why Companies Fall Behind: Have You Invested in Your People?

Businesses that invest in strategy execution, project management and leadership development are the ones positioning themselves for business innovation and success in the future - and competing for and retaining top talent.

When Projects and Strategy Intersect: Driving Repeatable Success through Strategic Training

Successfully aligning and executing project-based work requires skill. To continue to foster alignment, leaders need to evaluate teams across a range of technical and relational skills that support strong strategy execution alignment.

Transforming Your Project Team from Good to Great

Personnel without project management training are increasingly given pivotal roles in managing projects. Project-based work is changing, and training may be required in order to better execute.

The Strategy Is in My Head: What Your Project Managers Need to Overcome Communication Breakdowns

The Strategy is in My Head: What Your Project Managers Need to Overcome Communication Breakdowns discusses the six things project leaders need to know for smoother communication with their stakeholders

The Cost of Tactical Project Management and Opportunity of Strategic Project Leadership

The tactical and task-oriented detail of project management, while still critical to success, is far from the only skill set that project leaders need to have.

The Change Management Life Cycle: How to Involve Your People to Ensure Success at Every Stage

Every organisation is affected by change. Still, organisational change initiatives fail at an alarming rate. This is because most initiatives fail to consider how changes affect the people in an organisation.

The Alignment Skills Bridge: Applying Leadership and Communications Skills to Improve Strategic Execution of Project-Based Work

Strategy making and execution are essential to organisational success. However, many organisations are continuously challenged with bridging the gap between the two.

Taking Your Seat at the Strategy Table: The Training and Skills PMO Leaders Need to Engage at a Strategic Level

There are several critical competencies for a PMO head to consider when organisations are investing in the people, process and structure to support projects and the project management office (PMO).

Successful Solutions Through Agile Project Management

Agile requires a significant change to the way an organisation operates and the way its employees think. An organisation’s culture, structure and methodologies will determine the amount of effort required to transition to Agile, and continual reflection and evaluation of the team’s ability to execute will govern its success.

Seven Ways to Accelerate Your Go-to-Market Initiatives

You may not realise that the thing keeping you from hitting your targets and executing against your strategy is the fact that your resources don’t have the skills they need to perform. Use this checklist to help determine the particular skills training that will boost each member of your team to fulfill the highest-performing potential.

Rising Above the Jargon: Speaking Plainly to the C-Suite About Project Management

The most effective project leaders ensure that they grab (and keep) the attention of the C-suite through effectively communicating what is important to them in language that they will respond to.

Metrics for Agile Projects: Finding the right tools for the job

This informative paper will provide best practices project managers should use to expand the use of the metrics at their disposal to fine-tune the progress they are showing on their agile projects.

Maximise Growth and Minimise Risk by Managing Business Strategy Like an Investment Portfolio

Choosing well among opportunities — while also staying true to core competencies — can make the difference between stagnation and stellar growth. When deciding which initiatives to pursue and how to allocate limited resources among them, too often we don’t choose well.

In or Out: Assessing and Aligning Resources and Initiatives Against Strategic Priorities

It’s not enough for business leaders to simply manage the program, project or initiative. They must develop the hard skills and the soft skills to keep all stakeholders aware of the project’s strategic importance and enlist their help should things fall off track.

How to Create an Organisation Focused on Predictably and Repeatedly

Being able to reliably and predictably execute against your strategy is a vital business need that can be addressed by making sure your people have the skills they need to succeed in a project or initiative-based environment.

How the PMO Can Understand, Measure and Report the Business Impact of Projects

Every business is different and the PMO needs to understand how the business facilitates and measures success and then operate within that context.

Enterprise Analysis: Building a Foundation from the Top Down

Enterprise analysis is a critical component for determining and proposing the best solution options that are compatible strategically with organisational goals and objectives.

Doing it Right: Best Practices for Managing Transformational Change and Improving Outcomes

If properly managed and analysed, strategic initiatives that align with an organisation’s objectives fare better and may yield a strong competitive advantage

Checklist for Selecting Your Professional Development Partner

Project-based workers need technical and business skills to execute against your business goals. It is vital to find a partner that is able to provide the full spectrum of coursework and training to “skill up” your team and turn them into the leaders that will get work done.

Building Innovation From the Business Unit Up: The Steps You’re Not Taking Are Holding You Back

When you think of industry leaders, the one common denominator is that they lead through innovation. But it’s not enough to say your organisation is innovative— how do you actually create a culture focused on, and working toward, innovation?

Are People and Projects Inhibiting Success for Your Line-of-Business?

Business leaders may not have the project management experience to identify what is preventing them from executing on their projects, and pinpointing exactly where your teams are running into trouble is often easier said than done

Aligning Team Strengths to Strategic Goals: Building the Perfect Cross-Departmental Team

This guide addresses the composition of a well-balanced team, and highlights the skills needed to effectively execute in a project-based environment.

After the Training Success Stories

See how a cross-section of industry leaders has leveraged our training to accomplish their goals and improve team performance.

A Quick and Easy Guide for Selecting the Right Training Partner

This guide will help you identify areas of challenge and opportunity within your teams, determine what skills gaps to prioritise and select the right training partner to fit your specific needs.

Top 10 Strategy Execution Trends for 2017

Our top 10 strategic execution trends for 2017 explore the transformation of traditional project management and highlight the emergence of the combined meta-practice of project management, business analysis, and strategy execution.

Optimising Project Performance: Identifying and Filling Your Skill Gaps

Learn how to diagnose skills gaps in your project management teams and understand the difference between tactical and strategic skills and the impact they have on your projects.

Lost in Translation: How to Communicate Up and Down to Deliver on Strategic Objectives

Communicating effectively is one of the universal issues that companies regularly cite as a top challenge. No matter how much domain expertise you or your project managers may have, unless you've had the training necessary to best communicate up and down, being effective in your position can be a significant challenge.

Is Your Talent Equipped to Achieve Goals?

Business success depends on the delivery of an ever-changing, ever-growing series of projects, programmes and portfolios. As a line-of-business leader, to drive success you must effectively manage talent against new demands and requirements.

If You Build it They Will Stay: Investing in Training and Development to Retain Top Talent

Project management offices (PMOs) are often hampered in their ability to make a strong enterprise-wide impact because of talent management challenges. How do you attract and retain top talent for the PMO and its initiatives when you have little to no authority?

How to Leverage Project Professionals to Drive Strategy Execution Success

Explore opportunities to leverage project professionals across the organisation as double agents, from strategists to execution specialists. By involving project professionals earlier in the strategy process, you can more effectively prioritise and identify the projects that are most important and will deliver strategic results.

Getting the Training Your Team Needs Now for Success: A Guide to Navigating Your Organisation's Training Landscape

How do you identify the right training and educational support that your team needs? With this guide, you can become a professional development expert where the story of your training investment will become one of accelerated, increased project success and sustained business gains.

Five Big Changes in Project Management: Is Your Team Up to the Task?

Project-based work is going through a transformation across the board. This once IT-focused discipline is broadening in scope to support all projects and programmes that move the company forward. This evolution of purpose and people means that the organisation and its workforce need to adapt to ensure projects are successfully implemented and contribute positively to the organisation's success.

Communications for Enhanced Strategy Execution

Identify the dynamics that influence strategic execution challenges, discover ways that a holistic framework can free you, and learn the keys to accelerating your project-based work to achieve improved results

Bridging the Gap: The Chasm That's Killing Your Company

Discover how to determine if your organisation is aligning the work they are doing with corporate goals and strategy, and the skills needed in order to cross the chasm to better execution and getting more work done.

Far Beyond a Technical Role: What the PMI Talent Triangle Says About the Profession

As business becomes increasingly more complex and as competition in the marketplace heats up, people who have the necessary skills to manage projects and who can execute upon the overall strategy of their organisations are at a distinct advantage. Having technical skills alone just doesn’t cut it anymore.

The Key Components For Successful Contract Management

This paper tries to help you identify some of the aspects you need to consider and some of the best practices to adopt to make contract management as normal a business activity as any of the more traditional business processes.

Delivering Successful Programmes

The rapid pace of innovation and the increasing level of management, stakeholder and customer expectations demand that organisations re-assess how they do business. Programme management, which PMI® defines as 'a group of related projects managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control not available from managing them individually,' is key to executing major strategic initiatives. Unfortunately, many organisations are ill-equipped to manage larger-scale programmes. This paper describes 10 vital steps of programme management that must be done right in order for organisations to successfully deliver the benefits of change initiatives. The steps, which may be performed by a programme manager or by others within the organisation, together address the three overarching responsibilities of the programme manager: effective governance, stakeholder management and benefits management.

A Surprising Change Leader - Your Business Analyst

The most successful organisations are able to identify opportunities for self-improvement and conceive of changes that can make them more efficient, more successful and better equipped to achieve their goals.

2016 Top 10 Strategy Execution Trends

TwentyEighty has assembled a panel of experts to compile the top ten strategy execution trends for 2016. These trends focus on what smart organisations and business leaders are employing to shift from old school routines to progressive school practices.

2016 Top 10 Project Management Trends

TwentyEighty put together a panel of experts to identify the top ten project management trends for 2016. This year’s trends centre around the evolving role of the project manager, the skills required to fill that role and how project-based work gets done most effectively.

2016 Top 10 Business Analysis Trends

The “Top 10 Trends in Business Analysis for 2016” examines the evolving ways in which BA practitioners can help organisations realise better business outcomes for the organisation and the shifts needed within the BA discipline. The overarching theme of the trends is a shift away from being an order-taker or liaison between stakeholders, to an increased focus on being an agent of change, communication and collaboration.

PMO Survey Report 2015 - Executive Summary

A brief summary of the global survey report that investigates the Project Management Office's function, its role in the organisation, its value, and its involvement in training project management professionals in 2015.

Full PMO Survey Report 2015 - The Global State of the PMO: An Analysis for 2015

In its fourth annual survey on the global state of the PMO, ESI International has endeavoured to investigate the PMO´s function, its role in the organisation, its value and its involvement in training project management professionals. The survey highlights the different types of PMOs, how many PMOs an organisation has, how they are funded, and what type of value they provide to the business.

Top 10 Business Analysis Trends for 2015

2015 looks to be a year of significant change, and business analysts are on the front lines. Several major industries, and many organisations within them, are in the process of transition so it should be no surprise that the importance of the business analyst only increases as markets shift and organisations are forced to deal with the accelerating pace and volatility of business.

2015 Top 10 Project Management Trends

The 2015 Top 10 Project Management Trends looks at how the field of Project Management will evolve in 2015. This year's trends were created by a council of Executives and subject matter experts. Topics include managing sponsor expectations, aligning projects with organisational culture, and creating links between strategy and execution.

Managing Contractors, Consultants, and Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry Effectively

A huge challenge in the oil and gas industry has been managing the contracting and outsourcing process. According to the latest forecast from research and consulting firm GlobalData, the demand for diesel and gasoil is set to rise by at least 525mbd (thousand barrels a day) over 2013 levels. This brings an increase in demand for EPC and EPCM providers to handle bigger projects. For companies in this industry, the biggest challenges would be the increase in the scope, size and complexity and risk of engaging contractors.

Top 10 Business Analysis Trends for 2014

The practice of business analysis is gaining recognition and attention. Business analysts (BAs) continue to show their value to their organisations, and we see career paths emerging for BAs, as the discipline matures. ESI International’s top 10 trends in business analysis were identified by a global panel of ESI senior executives and subject matter experts.

Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2014

Our top 10 trends in project management highlight the need for leadership within projects, whether Agile or Waterfall. They also discuss the challenges associated with finding qualified PMs, and finding the right balance of PM approaches in this evolving industry. The top 10 trends in project management were identified by our global panel of senior executives and subject matter experts.

Video Summary - The Global State of the PMO: An Analysis for 2013

Watch this mini video illustration of the key survey findings.

Ticking Time Bomb for Project Management

Recently featured in The Times, we discuss how organisations are ill-prepared to handle the surge of new projects and emerging markets opportunities both from a project management capacity and a skills perspective.

Executive Conversations: Five Keys to Communicating so the C-Suite Listens

Talking to members of the C-suite and senior management can be stressful, but it can be the difference between a successful career and a dead end job. When face time is limited, how do you make the most of these conversations? Our Five crucial steps will help ensure that each conversation is professional and effective.

Full Survey Report - The Global State of the PMO: An Analysis for 2013

In its 3rd annual survey with over 2300 respondents worldwide, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution has taken on the challenge of investigating the global PMO landscape. The survey sought to reveal the latest PMO trends in light of its function, scope and approach. With three out of four project, programme and portfolio managers claiming their organisation has a PMO, the survey offers representative insights into the PMO’s current role, maturity level and involvement in training.

Executive Summary – The State of the PMO in 2013

The results in this year’s third annual survey with over 2300 respondents worldwide reinforce the belief that, while the PMO continues to be challenged by senior management and the C-level, the PMO is still vastly considered a valuable body within the enterprise. As with anything, the more investment that is made in the people, the more valuable the efforts are perceived. The same applies to the PMO.

The Sustainment of Learning

Overcoming the hurdle of obtaining the right training is one thing. Sustaining what you learn so that it is not only reinforced, but also applied on the job, is entirely another. The primary reason organisations introduce training is to encourage change within the enterprise. When implementing a learning adoption strategy, decision-makers should view it largely as a change management initiative. They are, after all, attempting to alter employee behaviour in a sustainable fashion. Without the actual application and reinforcement of new skills, nothing new can emerge.

7 Tips for Learning Sustainment

Learning a new skill in a classroom setting is one thing; actually applying that skill to the job is completely another. Many organisations offer training courses without considering the long-term impact such training should have on the business. Without reinforcing what participants learn, training becomes just another theoretical idea without any practical application.

The Top Ten Business Analysis Trends for 2013

This year's focus will be on leveraging the power of requirements at all levels through Agile and business architecture to deliver business value in the organisation. We also expect to see business analysts being utilised in more robust ways, forcing them to take on new skills to meet an expanding job scope. These trends have been developed by a global panel of ESI International senior executives and subject matter experts.

Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2013

Project, programme, and portfolio leadership is in short supply as organisations struggle to implement Agile methods, complete large projects, manage vendors, and create more value through their project management offices (PMOs). Leadership is one of the key themes throughout many of the 2013 top 10 trends for project management, which were identified by a global panel of senior executives and subject matter experts.

The Softer Side of Agile: Leading Collaborative Teams to Success

The Agile Manifesto places customer collaboration over contract negotiation with a keen focus on a highly skilled, motivated team in constant interaction with the product and the customer at every phase of the project. As a result of this collaborative, customer-centric view, Agile requires more than the technical expertise needed to gather requirements, and develop and test new product lines. It requires soft skills, leadership competencies and an understanding of how to apply those skills in a more malleable, people-focused setting.

Finding the Right Blend: Sometimes Pure Agile Isn't The Way to Go

Only a fraction of organisations will migrate to Agile methods completely and for all projects. The reality is, many types of projects are not well suited for Agile approaches for a variety of reasons. Some organisations run multiple projects across many departments and corporate entities, many of which may not have the inclination or resources to manage in an Agile manner.

Seven Steps to Becoming a Risk Superhero

Risk management can be a deep, cavernous and potentially career-limiting endeavour if not properly planned. Unfortunately, project managers often approach risk in a purely one dimensional fashion, without considering many essential components such as the company risk climate, the project's strategic fit, key player and stakeholder involvement and buy-in. The strategic due-diligence steps which are highlighted in this article will enable an informed, educated and timely approach to risk and position you as a company Risk Superhero.

Victim or Victor - Taking Control as a Project Manager

This article looks at how the PMO needs to help the project managers prepare themselves to deal with an increasingly challenging environment. It presents the “empowering tools” which, if correctly applied, provide the project manager with the knowledge and authority to take control of the project. The skill in applying tools depends not only on technical ability but, increasingly, on the human and interpersonal aspects of any situation. For this reason, the companion set of “enabling skills” (sometimes called “soft skills”) that are required for effective delivery is defined and described in this article.

The Global State of the PMO for 2012: The IT Perspective

These highlights are taken from a recent 2012 PMO benchmarking survey undertaken by ESI International. With over 3,000 respondents, the survey set out to explore topics such as the perceived value of the PMO, its role in sustainment of learning and how learning transfer impacts overall PMO maturity. Within the framework of this global, cross-sector investigation, the IT sector stood out as the most dominant in its move toward the Next-Generation PMO.

SURVEY - The 2012 Global State of the PMO: On the Road to the Next Generation

This second annual global PMO benchmarking survey conducted in early 2012 with over 3,000 respondents takes a comparative view, determining what is trending, and what is not, in the PMO landscape. ESI International set out to explore topics such as the perceived value of the PMO, its role in sustainment of learning and how learning transfer impacts overall PMO maturity. Due to the rise in collaboration software, the study also sought to measure how widespread the usage of such tools has become. Since three in four of those surveyed claimed to have, or have had, a PMO in their organization, ESI was able to capture a broad range of representative data in a wide variety of industries such as energy, telecommunications, IT, construction, health care, manufacturing, government and financial services.

The Top Ten Project Management Trends for 2012

As the project environment grows in complexity, project management will require team, stakeholder and executive collaboration in 2012 like never before. On-the-job application of training, custom-made project approaches, innovative project tools and smarter resource management will be essential for driving the greatest business impact. Not only project management, but also the definition of 'project success' has changed to encompass more than the triple constraint.

The Top Ten Business Analysis Trends for 2012

To achieve organisational goals in the challenging economic environment of 2012, effective requirements management and development (RMD)—also known as business analysis—will demand a broader perspective in order to drive full business impact. Business analysts will need to take a three dimensional approach to fully capture requirements, which organisations recognise as the foundation of successful project and contract delivery. This theme underlies the 2012 Top 10 trends for RMD.

Project Management Blended Learning

In both the private and public arena, the order of the day is trimming waste, tightening budgets and identifying efficiencies to ‘do more with less’. In this lean environment, how do leaders responsible for learning programmes adjust and adapt their human capital initiatives? To assess the direction of training and performance improvement programmes, ESI International conducted a global learning survey directed at a cross-section of commercial and government leaders. This POV looks at some of the findings.

Want the Edge? Teaching Project Management Skills to Non-Project Managers May Be Your Smartest Move Yet

If everyone in your organisation adopted the same basic principles of project management, conceivably you would be operating at peak performance across the board.

Innovation in Learning Drives Workforce Productivity

In this lean environment, how do leaders responsible for learning programmes adjust and adapt their human capital initiatives?

FULL SURVEY - The Global State of the PMO: Its Value, Effectiveness and Role as the Hub of Training

This study is based upon research conducted from a quantitative survey of senior level project and programme managers from a variety of industries around the world with a total of 3,740 respondents. Over 45 percent of those surveyed were PMO staff while nearly 37 percent were non-PMO staff. Only 18 percent reported not having a PMO at all.

FULL SURVEY - Applying Training and Transferring Learning in the Workplace: How to Turn Hope into Reality

The full report reviews overall survey findings, but specifically focus in on three key phases in the application and transfer of learning that shed light on successful and not so successful strategies: pre-training; motivation; and post-learning. To fill out the learning transfer picture, this report integrates the most valuable written comments submitted by survey respondents, along with commentary and real-world insight developed through first-hand client experience.

Applying Training and Transferring Learning in the Workplace: How to Turn Hope into Reality

TwentyEighty Strategy Execution issued a Transfer of Learning Survey in March 2011 designed to assess an organisation's success or difficulty in fostering a learning transfer climate in the workplace. The goal was to determine if organisations had a system or set of processes that ensures trainees can apply learning on the job - in an immediate way - to improve actual employee performance and generate positive business impact.

If Your Business Cases Focus Solely on ROI Your Organisation Could Be Funding All the Wrong Projects

Crafting a business case that shows a strong return on investment can be powerful, but those numbers alone do not tell the whole story about a project's potential impact.

Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2011 from TwentyEighty Strategy Execution

TwentyEighty Strategy Execution revealed their Top 10 Global Project Management Trends for 2011. As project management gains momentum within organisations, any changes in the industry will have a massive impact upon the way businesses operate in 2011. Key themes include building the project manager’s (PM) influence, accelerating new leadership and communication skills, and increased use of informal learning approaches such as social media and experiential training. A global panel of consultants and senior executives assembled by ESI identified the trends.

Top 10 Business Analysis Trends for 2011 from TwentyEighty Strategy Execution

TwentyEighty Strategy Execution reveals their Top 10 Global Business Analysis Trends for 2011. To achieve organisational goals within the fast paced, highly demanding business environment of 2011, within requirements management and development (RMD) - also known as business analysis - a better balance between technical and soft skills will separate the leaders from the rest of the pack. Key themes include business analysis as a guide for cloud computing and business analysis as a central success component to change management. A global panel of consultants and senior executives from ESI International identified these trends.

The Value of Contract Management Fundamentals for Every Project Manager

The manager of today must know about procurement and contracts. In short, there is a new tool in the managers' tool kits - contract management! This article considers some of the components of procurement and contract management that must be mastered.

From ROI to VOI - Organizations are failing to tie learning to business impact

Many organizations implement learning engagements, or PM training programmes, to increase employee satisfaction, realise better project team performance, and improve communication and results. But do these organizations understand the impact of these programmes beyond traditional employee engagement measures?

An Inch or a Mile? Proven Practices in Measuring Learning Impact

In today's learning environment, learning and development (L&D) professionals continue to be challenged with the impact learning has on an individual or a business initiative. This paper will explore the most riveting and emerging topics that L&D professionals face and how measurement is playing a role in aiding them in demonstrating the impact of learning. Eight initiatives are discussed where measuring can be a catalyst for positive change.

Agile Project Management Is Not Just a Change in Methods - It is a Shift in Metrics and Mindset

As the Agile Project Management approach becomes more mainstream, organisations considering its implementation are deluged with questions.

Common Senior Executive Errors

The role of the executives, or sponsors, cannot be underestimated and key areas of focus are highlighted in this article.

Is Project Management a Core Skill and No Longer a Niche Capability?

Project management is fast becoming the preferred way for companies to get things done. In a global economy, project management makes a company more competitive than other traditional methods of managing work.

Get to the Core of Vendor Management Problems with Better Requirements

Among the organisations struggling with outsourced projects that have gone bad, or that have failed completely, the most often cited reason is vendor management issues, as if the vendor is always the one to blame and the buyer is completely blameless.

Taking Your PMO to the Next Level: Four Steps to Value Improvement

In today’s economy, every company and organisation is struggling to do more with less, and performance is paramount. This is true for public and private sector entities, as well as for non-profits. Which is why, in order to prevail in lean times, it is essential to optimise every operation of your organisation, especially the project management office (PMO).

Forget Project Management... It is Leadership That Counts

Although it's convenient to label us as 'Project Managers', behind that title is a number of skills and competencies. And, leadership is one of the most important but probably the hardest to learn competencies.

Certification - worth the hassle?

The days when an individual was given a project to complete alongside their normal day to day roles are going. Project management is becoming an established profession on its own, like accountancy; it has professional bodies, certification bodies,frameworks and methodologies, protocols, research and best practice.

The Measurement Dilemma: Tying Learning to Business Impact and Financial Outcomes

Many organisations implement 'learning engagements', increase employee satisfaction, realise better team performance, and improve communication. But do these organisations understand the impact of these programmes beyond traditional employee engagement measures?

Risky Business: Organisational Effectiveness at Managing Risk of Outsourced Projects

This report seeks to explain how users and service providers identify, assess, mitigate, exploit and manage outsourcing risk, and more importantly, how effectively.

Think of Risk Management as Competitive Advantage

Whether buying or selling outsourced products or services, organisations cannot afford not to have a risk management plan in place.

Coaching and Mentoring - Are You Missing an Opportunity?

Today's business environment encourages, if not demands, an approach to management that develops people through coaching and mentoring rather than through constant direction.

When Intent Does Not Match Outcome

Our intended communication doesn't always achieve the desired outcome. All communication starts with intent.

Will your organisation get an 'A' for learning, but an 'F' for value of investment?

Strengthening and evolving your company's skill and performance level requires more than educating your employees.

It is cheaper, your staff wants it and most importantly, it works. So why are you not taking your learning programme virtual?

In a time when companies are scrutinising budget and facing tough economic and resource constraints, VILT can be an effective, cost-efficient, location-neutral learning solution.

Getting Energised About Risk

The real issue is not how to get rid of risk, but rather how to manage it. And, although that takes a lot of time and energy, perhaps new perspectives can be gained if risk is looked at from a project life cycle perspective.

Comparing the Differences and Complementary features of PRINCE2 and the PMI PMBOK Guide

PRINCE2 is the UK Government’s structured project management method. PMI stands for the Project Management Institute producing guidance on project management documented in the 'Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge' - hence the PMI PMBOK Guide

Recognising Project Warning Signs Part 2

Recognising and recovering troubled projects is currently one of the hottest subjects in project management circles. But wouldn’t it be great if you could predict the future by recognising project warning signs before...

Recognising Project Warning Signs

We see warning signs every day, such as “Wet paint” or “Road Ends in Water.” Such signs are common reminders to be careful. The earlier we heed their advice, the better off we’ll be because time is a resource when ...

The Change Management Life Cycle

Every organization is affected by change. Still, organizational change initiatives fail at an alarming rate. This is because most initiatives fail to consider how changes affect the people in an organisation.

The Project Manager Perspective on Project Portfolio Management Effectiveness

Organizations rely on project portfolio management (PPM) to evaluate, prioritize, approve, implement and manage projects to meet their strategic and financial goals. This study provides an analysis of PPM maturity and challenges within organizations around the globe from the project and program manager level. Its unique, bottom-up perspective offers insight into the factors that lead to successful implementation of strategic direction.

The Challenges to Success for Project and Programme Management Offices

This study sought to assess the impact and significance of the PMO within organisations, to discover the challenges they have faced, and measures they have attempted to overcome them. The results provide insight into the issues that may benefit PMOs as they undertake their mission to improve organisational performance, particularly in the current economic environment.

Eight Times to Abandon E-mail

We are tempted to try to save time and money by foregoing face-to-face meetings or the organisation of conference calls, opting instead to send quick and cheap e-mails. Don’t do it!

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