Published 06 Sep 2017
To take Bill Clinton strategist James Carville’s famous quotation and apply it to the world of project management: “It’s the benefits and value, stupid!” But as Dr. Harold Kerzner of IIL revealed in a recent AXELOS webinar , 70% of companies fail to achieve the bene...
Methodologies|Project management|Requirements|Roles|Strategic objectives|Value
Published 18 Aug 2020
In this blog, Alexei Kuvshinnikov , an accredited PRINCE2® 6th edition trainer with 20+ years of international project management experience, explains how to include intangible benefits in the Benefits Management Approach. Project benefits can be tangible or intangibl...
Benefits realization|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning
Published 08 May 2018
For many project managers, their role in Benefits Realization is viewed as 'not my job' or out of scope for their role. This attitude will be the death of the 'old school' project manager in a world that is much more socially conscious and holds people accountable for the...
Agile|Benefits realization|Business Relationship Management|ITIL|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project management|Value
Published 14 Feb 2018
Are you getting the very best from your PRINCE2 ® best practice knowledge? Sometimes, it’s useful to have a handy reminder of the key points you need to think about at any stage in a PRINCE2 project. My AXELOS has created a series of templates covering the bre...
Benefits realization|Change management|PRINCE2|Project management|Requirements|Roles
Published 03 Oct 2017
What is effective project and programme governance and why is it important to define and establish governance arrangements for success and the realization of benefits? T he focus of many organizations , particularly in the public sector, is how to reduce the cost of opera...
Behaviour|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Requirements|Roles|Stakeholder management
Published 24 Nov 2017
A project doesn’t end with delivery but with the realization of its benefits to the business. So why is corporate strategy still not being fully communicated to the project team and what steps need to be taken to ensure that it is? Without a clear understanding of corpora...
Communication|Frameworks|PRINCE2|Project management|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
Published 21 Apr 2020
What is the importance of detailing the benefit profile of a change programme? At a time of significant change – such as now, when organizations’ entire business or operating models could be transformed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic – benefit is everything. It is ...
Behaviour|Benefits realization|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Roles|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
Published 12 Feb 2020
Management of Portfolios (MoP ® ) introduced the concept of ‘ clear line of sight’ , a technique that seeks to ensure a transparent chain is continually demonstrated from strategic intent through to benefits realization. That is, a clear understanding of the positive cont...
Benefits realization|MoP|Portfolio management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Strategic objectives|Vision
Published 27 Mar 2020
How do you decide when to continue with a project – even when it’s horribly late and over budget – or when to stop it altogether? The new Berlin airport , for example, is scheduled to finally open this year, after its original opening date in 2007 was repeatedly delayed, co...
Benefits realization|Budgets|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning|Requirements
Published 30 Nov 2018
How does an organization instil the required discipline to align portfolios and hold itself to account? Step 1: Business forecast New market opportunities drive strategic change . This means the first step should be to look at what kind of an organization you need to b...
Benefits realization|Business information management|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
Published 27 Aug 2019
There is often rigorous debate about whether an initiative should be categorized as a portfolio, a programme or a project. However, adopting any methodology needs to be appropriate for the level of change required as each portfolio, programme and project methodology or produc...
Methodologies|MoP|MSP|Portfolio management|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office
Published 21 Jun 2018
With continuing digital disruption, customer-focused organizations today more than ever need a portfolio-centred approach to both strategic planning and product delivery. An effective P3O model for any organization therefore seeks to build on, and better coordinate, the cont...
Portfolio Management|Project planning|Strategy execution
Published 10 Aug 2018
The discipline of project management is evolving rapidly, but what does this mean for the project manager? Lisa Hodges, principal consultant at Cornerstone Service Management, explains why the future belongs to project manager 2.0. At a recent conference one of my fello...
Agile|Benefits realization|Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2|Project management|Skills
Published 16 Aug 2016
ITIL ® and ISO/IEC 20000, the international standard for service management, have enjoyed a long and mutually supportive relationship. ISO/IEC 20000 is currently being revised for the third time, with an increased focus on Service Integration (SIAM), governance and manag...
Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Requirements|Value
Published 19 May 2017
Sue Taylor examines the importance of the blueprint in programmes and within AXELOS’ Managing Successful Programmes (MSP ® ) best practice guidance. By implementing change through a programme , an organization is trying to achieve a better future. That starts with a pr...
Capabilities|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Requirements|Vision
Published 13 Feb 2019
With the digital disruption of markets, regulation and a need to maintain competitive edge creating a vision of a future organization, along with having an effective vehicle to deliver that, is absolutely crucial today. Organizations may achieve good project management pr...
MSP|PRINCE2|Professional development|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 22 Sep 2017
In the world of best practice frameworks there is a risk that people jump on the latest thing, believing a particular framework is the answer to all their problems. As a species it seems we chase the one, universal quick-fix that doesn’t exist! As an expert who’s been worki...
Published 17 Sep 2018
Digital transformation offers organizations the potential to compete, stay relevant and reduce the cost of delivering services to customers and running business processes. IT service management (ITSM) provides a structured process, approach and common language along wit...
Benefits realization|Digital transformation|Governance|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Training
Published 16 Jun 2017
AXELOS’ research project – The Future Project Management Professional – found that project managers’ roles will evolve to become more strategic within their organizations. In fact, 90% recognized the need for a much stronger strategic vision that aligns with the overa...
Capabilities|CPD|MSP|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Strategy execution|Value
Published 30 Aug 2019
I first discovered PRINCE2 ® when I moved to the UK from the United States and, I can honestly say, it was an eye-opener. It both reinforced the project management theories explored in my early training years and provided guidance on how to use them. Instead of guessing ...
Benefits realization|Governance|PRINCE2|Project management|Project management office|Training
Published 10 Dec 2019
Managing IT assets has been a natural part of business for decades: where is the asset? What are you paying for it and from whose budget? From the service management perspective of “ providing value through technology services ” we rely on the assets to deliver the technolog...
Benefits realization|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4|Service catalogue|Service management|Value
Published 28 Nov 2018
You may have heard about our latest guidance AgileSHIFT and wondered, what makes it different from other Agile products. After all, there are a lot of methods, methodologies and approaches that carry the name ‘Agile’, so why do we need another one? Well, the thing is, Agile...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Benefits realization|Best practice|Customer needs|Methodologies
Published 04 Nov 2019
How did a not-for-profit organization – set up in 2008 to bring quality education to rural Uganda – achieve 1,000 students enrolled in three schools employing 100-plus staff in just over 10 years? And what lessons can this teach us about running successful projects and progr...
Benefits realization|Communication|Problem management|Programme and project delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Vision
Published 16 Feb 2018
Complex projects are characterized by a huge variety of inputs and this creates a challenging environment in which to make decisions. As human beings, we are naturally biased and often go on “gut feel”. This is fine if you are being chased by a lion, but in the complex worl...
Behaviour|Benefits realization|Project management|Project planning|Roles|Strategic objectives
Published 23 Oct 2017
Steven Deneir – a project, programme and portfolio management trainer and coach with 20+ years’ experience – highlights his top four tips to agile project management success and reiterates the importance of ongoing learning and certification in approaches such as PRINCE2 ®...
Agile|Behaviour|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Value
Published 20 Mar 2019
Today’s organizations are subject to continual change and the rate of change is increasing . There are many dynamic and contradictory factors for this; including innovations in technology, changes in the economic, social and political landscape, and more demands from regulat...
Benefits realization|Frameworks|MSP|Programme management|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
Published 15 Aug 2018
Before we begin, let's define what culture is. Culture is a pattern of responses discovered, developed or invented during a group's history of handling problems which arise from interactions among its members, and between them and their environment. These responses are consid...
Best practice|P3O|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project management|Project management office
Published 02 Oct 2018
Lessons learned is part of the PRINCE2 ® method and is there to save time, energy, effort and the cost of making the same mistakes on another project. For example, if you’ve been in a situation before with managing stakeholders and you know how to work with them it’s ...
Benefits realization|Communication|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management office|Stakeholder management
Published 09 Jan 2019
Automation today, and certainly in the future, can do many things equally if not better than humans, providing efficiency and cost savings. Ideally this also allows people to do more interesting work. The opportunity is clear that – as artificial intelligence becomes yet m...
Benefits realization|Big Data|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Knowledge management|Processes|Service management
Published 19 Jul 2019
As a long-standing project manager already qualified in PRINCE2 ® Foundation , I’ve found that taking PRINCE2 Practitioner has made a positive difference to the way I approach my role in a number of important ways. Release potential First of all, and perhaps most signif...
Best practice|Certification|Change requests|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning
Published 09 Aug 2018
My AXELOS is the new, online content subscription service to help you take control of your skills development and career in project, programme and IT service management. In a recent webinar AXELOS’ head of Professional Development, Amrit Saroya, and Global Marketing...
Career progression|Digital badges|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|MSP|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Skills
Published 22 Feb 2019
Many people can change roles in an organization and – suddenly – from being a specialist, operational person they’re thrown into managing a project . The “accidental project manager” might have leadership and management skills for business as usual (BAU) activity plus cre...
AgileSHIFT|Career progression|Certification|CPD|M_o_R|MoP|MSP|P3O|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme management|Project management|Roles
Published 11 Mar 2019
As an experienced ITSM professional I am fortunate to have a wide network of colleagues and friends within the sector and from the many conversations I have had, I came to the realization that most of us are unhappy with our IT service management tools . This got me thinking...
Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service management|Value
Published 10 Sep 2020
Why are C-suite level managers wary of allowing Agile product delivery methods in their organizations? More and more businesses have adopted Agile approaches in the 20 years since the launch of the Agile Manifesto. However, some leaders remain nervous about investing million...
Agile|Customer needs|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 01 Aug 2017
Good P3O governance is about ensuring that all key stakeholders have a clear understanding of the portfolio, programme and project boards that are focused on 'changing the business' and how it aligns to the corporate governance structure that is focused on 'running the busine...
Processes|Project and programme management (PPM)|Risk management|Stakeholder management
Published 23 Feb 2018
Scott Harberd shares his experience of implementing PPM software during a period of transformation and change for one of the UK’s largest airlines. Following a period of rapid growth and promotion to the FTSE 100, the organization was outwardly successful but highly i...
Benefits realization|Change management|Communication|IT transformation|Maturity models|Project and Programme Management (PPM)
Published 19 Nov 2019
Like it or not, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already having an impact on our everyday lives, though most people don’t even recognize it. But whether you are interacting with a chatbot or asking Siri for the weather forecast, it is present in some form or other. Most imp...
Benefits realization|Business solutions|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office|Project planning|Strategy execution
Published 03 Apr 2020
Digital transformation worldwide will pick up the pace in 2020. This is despite the thorough planning required to move from legacy IT to digital transformation , which will entail analysing current practices and determining future outcomes. But organizations around the world...
Benefits realization|Big Data|Business solutions|Data protection|Digital transformation|GDPR|Information systems|Infrastructure|IT transformation|Privacy|Risk management
Published 16 Aug 2018
Which partnership has the most influence on a project’s success ? Though it may not be top of your list, the one between project manager and sponsor (SRO) is arguably the most critical. A positive working relationship between these two roles will help keep the project on tr...
Behaviour|Communication|Critical success factors|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 21 Jun 2019
Project management has been an element of every job I’ve had. As an events manager and global assignment consultant, planning and organization were key. But it was only when I took the leap to concentrate on project management as a career that I found out just how diverse,...
Benefits realization|Certification|PRINCE2|Project management|Qualifications|Roles
Published 11 Oct 2019
Today’s organizations need greater flexibility to create new products and services, which requires agility to build, test and deploy much faster. This need has led to movements such as DevOps and – in fact – ITIL ® 4 , the latest evolution of the ITIL best practice framewo...
Agile|Benefits realization|DevOps|Digital transformation|Frameworks|ITIL 4|Value
Published 11 Dec 2019
I spent the first fifteen years of my career in engineering project management , so moving into digital development has opened up a completely different working environment for me. But although the two industries are worlds apart in many ways, I have found that PRINCE2 ® a...
Agile|Benefits realization|Frameworks|Governance|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project planning
Published 15 Aug 2018
In our latest blog post looking at PRINCE2 ® best practice , Fiona Magee explains why the real value of the PID template is realized only if approached with the right mindset. The complete set of PRINCE2 templates covering all key business activities is available via...
Benefits realization|Frameworks|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Stakeholder management|Value
Published 17 May 2017
Rarely does an organization design its project management method from scratch. Instead it needs to be aware of the standards, best practice methods and bodies of knowledge related to project management (e.g. BS 6079 , PRINCE2 ® , PMI’s PMBOK ® and APM’s Body of Knowle...
Best practice|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 10 Aug 2018
This will be the final post from my time here at Agile 2018 . It’s been a packed week yet in the same breath I only feel like I have scratched the surface of the content on offer. I want to end this little series by sharing a couple of thoughts from the last day, but also de...
Agile|Benefits realization|Customer needs|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project management office|Value
Published 20 Feb 2019
Combining different IT and ITSM frameworks for business benefit How do organizations that begin with basic IT service management (ITSM) processes progress their approach to become more service-centric? I often observe companies – in spite of today’s focus on digital tr...
Agile|Benefits realization|DevOps|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 12 Aug 2020
Why is a service management office (SMO) an important function today – and how should it interact with a project/programme management office (PMO)? To operate successfully in a high-velocity IT world, organizations need to progress iteratively, collaborate and automate. Ther...
IT service management (ITSM)|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management office|Service management
Published 13 Aug 2019
Setting the scene: ‘…The rolling green hills of England, the buttercups painted a golden yellow by the early morning sun, cows lying in glistening dew cloaked fields, the gentle buzz of a bee in the scent filled breeze... a stark contrast to the high-tech hum of the sterile ...
Behaviour|Collaboration|Governance|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Value
Published 22 May 2017
Is there room in today’s organizations for both AXELOS’ PRINCE2 ® method and PMI’s IPECC (Initiating, Planning, Executing, [Monitoring and] Controlling, Closing)* framework described in the PMBOK ® Guide ? While PMI* provides an excellent framework for the management ...
Best Practice|Governance|PRINCE2|Project management|Value
Published 27 Mar 2019
What does ITIL ® 4 have to do with the eternal, human practice of storytelling? Though you might already believe it instinctively, there is substantial research into the importance of narrative and storytelling to human beings. For example, a study that exposed people...
Behaviour|Benefits realization|Collaboration|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL