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
Published 15 Apr 2020
Since Google first began sharing details of its approach to massive-scale web operations - Site Reliability Engineering, or SRE - many organizations have adopted aspects of the SRE approach to help deal with the emerging complexity of modern software systems. However, there...
Benefits realization|Cloud services|Customer needs|End-User Experience|Information systems|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service management
Published 07 Aug 2018
As some of you may know, this week I’m attending the Agile Alliance conference, Agile 2018 in San Diego. The event run by the Scrum Alliance brings together many of the leading thinkers on everything agile for a whole week of talks, discussions and much more. For my part, I...
Agile|Benefits realization|Customer Engagement|Customer Experience|Customer needs|Empowerment
Published 09 Aug 2018
And just like that, we’re done with Day 3 of Agile 2018 ! I’m hoping that by now any readers are aware of the previous two posts about days 1 and 2, but if not...here they are: Day 1 Day 2 The last hurrah - final thoughts from Agile 2018 The focus of the po...
Agile|Benefits realization|Big Data|Business information management|Customer Engagement|Customer needs|Learning
Published 25 Mar 2019
You could say I’m an “accidental project manager.” I studied philosophy at university so when I first came into the workforce I used my critical thinking to see problems and find ways to fix them. It didn’t take long for the fix to require significant planning on top of th...
Benefits realization|Business solutions|Career progression|Certification|MSP|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Skills
Published 25 Oct 2019
Project management is like a board game and PRINCE2 ® is the playbook. If you follow it, the project is successfully delivered and you “win the game.” If not, things are much more likely to go wrong. Guidance is there for a reason I believe the reason projects fail is la...
Benefits realization|Governance|Knowledge management|PRINCE2|Project management|Project sponsorship|Roles
Published 05 Jun 2018
The PMO has evolved from a mainly admin/support function into an exciting career space – so how can today’s practitioners successfully navigate the different opportunities on offer? PMO is becoming increasingly popular as an organizational entity around project management...
Career planning|Career progression|Project management|Project management office|Roles|Skills
Published 31 Mar 2016
Q: When is an iceberg not just a large block of ice that can sink ships? A: When it’s the hidden iceberg of attitude, behaviour and culture that stops an organization getting the full benefit from implementing ITIL ® . For example, a large European bank had adopted ...
Collaboration|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|ITIL|Processes|Skills|Training|Value
Published 11 Oct 2017
At AXELOS, we like to explore new ways of working, as well as new ways of learning. One such way is experiential learning (or ‘learning by doing’ as it’s more colloquially known). Earlier this year, Paul Wilkinson from GamingWorks proposed running the Grab@Pizza simulation...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Learning|Roles|Value
Published 17 Sep 2019
Understanding the power of frequent product releases – typical in agile projects – needs some prior reflection on the more traditional approach to product release, i.e. waiting until a product is built and then releasing it into the system. With that comes a certain feelin...
Agile|Behaviour|Customer engagement|Customer needs|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Value
Published 21 Oct 2016
I n recent years Romania and, more broadly, South East Europe have become a hotbed for international IT services. Due to the region’s Internet of Everything approach, the IT market is booming and facilities like Security Operations Centres (SOCs) and Network Operation Centres...
Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Resource management
Published 19 Dec 2016
When organizations are not managing projects effectively, it means the value that should be delivered by projects suffers. I believe this happens in a multitude of industries, and it is impacting businesses’ bottom lines. The solution is for organizations to recognize the b...
Certification|Methodologies|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Strategic objectives
Published 02 Feb 2018
My view is that companies in 2017 really started discovering that one IT service management (ITSM) solution doesn’t fit all and they need a broader perspective, with different tools for different challenges. This means not only getting more frameworks and models to sit tog...
DevOps|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Project management|Value
Published 27 Aug 2015
PRINCE2 training, as with any new learning experience, yields a lot of new information for Project Managers to learn, and breaking that information down into smaller chunks can make understanding it a lot easier. So, with the textbook in mind, here are some of the most co...
Best Practice|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project Management|Project sponsorship|Qualifications|Training
Published 20 Apr 2016
One hundred percent of US Fortune 100 companies use the ITIL framework to manage, govern and keep their IT environment safe, so why isn’t ITIL training a priority at all of these organizations? In the past, product lifecycles were longer. You would develop a product, pu...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Knowledge management|RESILIA|Skills|Training
Published 05 Feb 2018
All PRINCE2 ® project, MSP ® programme and MoP ® portfolio governance bodies want updates on how well initiatives are progressing. To do this, management dashboards are a useful tool. MSP programmes aim to realize benefits resulting from changes in organizati...
Dashboards|Governance|MoP|MSP|Portfolio management|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)
Published 21 Feb 2020
What is a programme? And how does the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP ® ) guidance and certification make programmes more manageable? A programme is a flexible structure in an organization used to coordinate, direct and oversee implementation of a set of projects to de...
Career progression|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 11 May 2016
I read an interesting comment by AXELOS Head of ITSM Kaimar Karu that “…the ITIL of the future is from practitioners, for practitioners.” As a result, I keenly awaited the release of the ITIL ® Practitioner Guidance so that I could use it to assess and improve my ITIL prac...
Adopt and adapt|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 25 May 2016
Just because you can connect a device to the internet doesn't mean you should. While connected devices (commonly called the “Internet of Things”) can deliver new services, there needs to be security, privacy and clear ownership of data. The endgame for the Internet of ...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Data protection|Processes|RESILIA|Sensitive data|Vulnerability
Published 02 Apr 2015
The customer interface is the place where an organization meets its customers but in ITSM it’s something no one talks about enough, even though it adds so much value. In today’s economy, businesses revolve around the service experience: take the upmarket coffee house concept...
Adopt and Adapt|Best Practice|Customer Experience|IT service management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|PRINCE2|Service Management
Published 26 Sep 2016
Daniel Breston shares his thoughts on why it’s a misconception that ITIL is incompatible with other practices: Practices such as lean, agile and DevOps can’t be successful without ITIL . Each of them needs to go from idea to realization, be supported in operations a...
Adopt and adapt|Agile|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 15 Aug 2017
Ten years ago, IT in India was a very different world to now: the country was the “back office” of the world, providing outsourced services in the form of Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO). During this period ITIL ® was the...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|Training|Value
Published 04 Jul 2019
ITIL ® Intermediate’s Planning, Protection and Optimization (PPO) module compels practitioners to think about the practical details of providing an IT service. In other words, once you have crafted the right service design what are the practicalities and implications of ...
Cloud services|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|M_o_R|PRINCE2|Service management
Published 29 Jun 2016
When I analyze the tangible results my organization has achieved as a result of employees being ITIL ® competent, the return is undeniable. The benefits of ITIL training are threefold: differentiation, service improvement and cost saving. Differentiation In 2012, lev...
Certification|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT investment|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Training
Published 11 Jun 2019
How using MSP can help organize a successful music festival It’s the time of year when it seems everyone is getting excited about music festivals. But what is it like behind the scenes? Do organizers think of Woodstock in 1969? Love peace, and “everywhere was a song and a c...
Frameworks|MSP|Programme management|Strategy execution|Threats|Value
Published 05 May 2016
What is ITIL Practitioner and how does it complement existing ITIL accreditations? ITIL ® Practitioner is an addition to the ITIL portfolio and, ultimately, it helps professionals who’ve completed any level of ITIL training from Foundation onwards to develop the ski...
Adopt and adapt|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Training
Published 01 Sep 2020
Lockdown for project managers has been almost like a forced training exercise: how to respond to the unexpected in the right way. That has meant understanding the risks when there are so many unknowns and what we need to do to manage an ever-changing situation. However, hav...
Published 08 Sep 2020
In what way will project management – and project managers – be important to help organizations emerge in the "new normal"? This is, I believe, the chance for the discipline and its practitioners to shine. There will be myriad changes to working environments which will neve...
Certification|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management
Published 20 Jun 2019
As usual, reading an article by Paul Wilkinson , is always a refreshing experience with food for thought. That wasn’t any different when I started reading his AXELOS blog on " the evolution in ITSM part 1 ". However, when reading the following paragraph, I experienced a ‘fu...
Agile|Certification|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service management|Training
Published 06 Mar 2017
What are the different approaches and benefits of programmes and projects in organizations? Rajiv Khanna assesses the differences and how the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP ® ) and PRINCE2 ® project management best practice principles and certifications can help. ...
Best practice|Governance|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management
Published 06 Apr 2016
Although an integral part of the ITIL ® Service Lifecycle, Service Strategy is probably the element most IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals are least comfortable using. In fact, even the word ‘strategy’ can strike fear into some IT professionals as, quite sim...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
Published 02 May 2017
A key focus of the PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update is to make it easier for individuals and organizations to adopt and tailor the world’s most-practised project management method. I’ve been helping organizations adopt and tailor PRINCE2 for over fifteen years. In truth PRINCE2 ...
Agile|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 09 Aug 2017
From medical, banking and automotive, to retail and hospitality, ITIL ® best practice is being used in more and more industry sectors to improve business performance. Why is this happening? Because ITIL is a proven industry best practice that takes a holistic view of p...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|ITIL|Knowledge management|Processes|Service catalogue|Value
Published 07 Jan 2019
Continuing our series of blog posts on PRINCE2 Agile ® Foundation certification, Allen Philip Abraham – IT project consultant – who took the course through Logical Model – explains what he learned from the experience. With an IT functional background and solid opera...
Agile|Career planning|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 03 Jul 2020
As organizations and their leaders start to prepare for what the “new normal” will be, they would benefit from a structured, best practice approach to this journey. Using a tried and tested method, such as PRINCE2 ® , helps address a number of critical challenges of change. ...
Best practice|Leadership|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 17 Jun 2016
Following the release of ISO/IEC TR 20000-11:2015: Part 11 - Guidance on the relationship between ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 and service management frameworks: ITIL® at the end of 2015 , we spoke to Shirley Lacy, managing director of ConnectSphere, who was involved in i...
Frameworks|Information Management|Information systems|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 05 Aug 2016
Why is robust governance and deploying a best practice framework so important when organizations want to introduce change? If you want changes from a business transformation programme which stick - i.e. things delivered that are embraced and used by the business operationa...
Best Practice|Change management|Frameworks|Governance|MSP|Programme management
Published 02 Dec 2016
Continual Service Improvement (CSI) is a key lifecycle of ITIL ® : but why should business focus on CSI and what benefits does it actually bring? To explain why businesses should focus on CSI it’s probably easier – and more powerful – to explore the organizations th...
Business solutions|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer engagement|Governance|ITIL|Leadership
Published 22 Dec 2016
Having spent an early part of his career in a business relationship management role as a Government IT Service Management (ITSM) contractor supporting NASA, Adam McCullough understands the purpose and value of Business Relationship Managers (BRMs) within organizations. In th...
Business Relationship Management|Communication|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Value
Published 01 Feb 2017
An organization working on a major programme often needs a programme office. Major programmes are concerned with implementing complex transformational change, and this can bring with it a range of challenges. The size and impact of the change, an organization’s experience in...
Business solutions|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Value
Published 02 Aug 2017
Project management is under pressure – and organizations aren’t doing enough to get the most value from it. According to AXELOS’s PPM Benchmark Study 2017 – The Value of Project Management Excellence, about three-quarters of project managers are facing the dual challe...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project sponsorship|Skills|Strategy execution|Value
Published 15 Mar 2019
AXELOS guest blogger, Charlotte Morison, has been providing training and consultancy to companies for more than 15 years, helping them satisfy customers and achieve strategic objectives through improving business processes including IT services and functions. How effecti...
Incident management|IT service management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL|Service catalogue|Service desk|Training
Published 10 May 2019
What is a PRINCE2 ® Champion and what does that person bring to an organization? The PRINCE2 Champion is capable of supporting an entire enterprise – from frontline delivery level to the boardroom – by demonstrating how using the PRINCE2 principles effectively will delive...
PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Roles|Skills|Value
Published 22 Oct 2020
How does ITIL ® enable organizations to tackle a VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) such as the current pandemic? The current situation warrants significant changes in dealing with improvement initiatives because the measurements and metrics th...
Best practice|Collaboration|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Strategy execution|Vision
Published 11 Dec 2017
1. In your service management experience, how much of a foundation does ITIL provide? ITIL ® provides a deep foundation when it comes to IT Service Management. One of the reasons is because ITIL is a framework. It is a set of best practices that focuses on aligning IT s...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service management|Value
Published 13 Sep 2017
Organizational and project change is difficult because – primarily – it involves humans who are programmed to like the status quo. Businesses underestimate the impact of change management at their peril. However, the tendency is to focus on project management delivery, st...
Change management|Communication|MSP|Project management|Skills|Stakeholder engagement
Published 26 Aug 2016
When embarking on any project, the hardest part is knowing where to begin. But as the Guiding Principles of ITIL Practitioner recommend, my view is that you should start where you are. I recently put these principles into practice when completing a strategic review of our I...
Frameworks|Information Management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Maturity Models
Published 18 Jan 2019
Like most people who have either project managed or worked within a project and have started their formal training typically starting with Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 ® , I was no different. Working on my first ever business change project, the guidance was ...
ITIL|Learning|MoP|MSP|P3M3|P3O|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Professional development|Qualifications|Training
Published 22 Feb 2016
Being able to break through jargon is vital for effective communication, particularly when dealing with people who have little or no technical background. This is particularly true in change management where a breakdown in communication can potentially lead to failure in any ...
Change management|Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Requirements|Skills
Published 15 Apr 2016
When I first learnt about ITIL Practitioner , I was somewhat sceptical about its value and, in particular, how it would work for candidates with a wide range of ITIL backgrounds, knowledge and job roles. Thinking about training someone at ITIL Foundation stage in the...
Capabilities|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Qualifications|Skills|Training
Published 26 Feb 2019
Stakeholder engagement is absolutely vital whether you are operating in a portfolio, programme or project activity. It is the means by which you gain support for your change initiatives allowing them to progress through the organization. Stakeholders generally do not appre...
Communication|MSP|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 03 Dec 2019
With over 30 years’ experience working in the field of project management training and consultancy, Julia Gosse reflects on the benefits of taking both PRINCE2 ® Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner. For anyone connected with projects, PRINCE2 Foundation has merits as a ...
Best practice|Certification|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning|Qualifications
Published 15 Jan 2020
As technology becomes more and more embedded in company processes, businesses need to look beyond the traditional ways of securing their organizations’ most valuable assets. This involves approaches that engage with people and understand their needs and perspectives on secu...
Behaviour|Communication|Confidentiality|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Data protection|Empowerment
Published 01 Jul 2015
This year AXELOS launched the AXELOS Consulting Partner Programme . The programme allows consulting organizations to enter into an official partnership with AXELOS for the first time. The programme is part of our continuing commitment to ensure all organizations that use our...
Best Practice|Maturity models
Published 10 Nov 2017
As more and more people turn to Agile frameworks over traditional project management methodologies to help enhance project capabilities and deliver outputs, it’s important to highlight that Agile is not a panacea for poor project management. At this point, let's distinguish b...
Agile|Customer engagement|Methodologies|Processes|Project management|Value
Published 01 Mar 2017
One element of PRINCE2 ® that I use on every project I’m involved with is product-based planning. This PRINCE2 technique is especially useful for putting a plan together which comprises the “shopping list” of the things that my project team needs to create to deliver...
Customer experience|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Project planning|Requirements
Published 31 Oct 2017
Having spent most of my career in delivery, I wanted to share my views on what makes a good programme management office (PMO) . It's no secret that, at times, the programme manager and the PMO don't always see eye to eye, so I wanted to explain some of the system dynamics...
Communication|Processes|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)
Published 12 Jul 2019
Why should organizations become agile organizations? Recent research outlined in The Evolution of the Agile Organization report from PA Consulting among 500 business leaders suggests the “top 10% of businesses by financial performance” are “almost 30% more likely to dis...
Published 18 Jul 2019
The term “ hybrid project management ” is generally assumed to refer to Agile and more traditional approaches when managing projects. People need to have the capability to manage both Agile and non-Agile initiatives. Yet, although we know “hybrid” exists, how capable is t...
Agile|Capabilities|Communication|Knowledge management|Project management|Reporting|Stakeholder engagement
Published 14 Jan 2020
What do project sponsors need to understand before starting the agile journey and how can they ensure a successful project outcome? Increasing globalization, advances in technology, volatile markets and rising customer expectations are just some of the factors driving tod...
Agile|Collaboration|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management office|Project sponsorship|Stakeholder engagement
Published 25 Jun 2020
Dmitriy Kolesnikov recently certified in the ITIL ® 4 Strategist Direct, Plan and Improve (DPI) module after attending an online training course. He’s a long-time advocate of virtual training and believes more practitioners and their employers could benefit from it. Tak...
Best practice|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Learning|Professional development
Published 12 Oct 2020
The lack of “strategic mindset” capability is – I believe – a clear and present problem in industry. Where, previously, there were generalists with broader skills, today we have more specialists – or subject matter experts. This is not inherently bad, but it has forced some ...
Best practice|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management|Strategy execution
Published 25 Jul 2017
Every product or service has a carbon footprint. How a project is managed, how a product is built and used, and how it is disposed of will define the harm it does to our planet. Sustainability must be judged across the entire product lifecycle. So many of the decisions tha...
Behaviour|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Project management|Requirements|Service management|Value
Published 23 May 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Michael presented a session on Small scale ITSM implementation and ITIL Practitioner . Watch the video and read his new blog post also discussing this topic. How do you apply a large, comprehensive framework like ITIL ®...
Behaviour|Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
Published 17 Oct 2016
It is very easy to look at best practice and/or a number of existing Project Management Offices (PMOs) in your industry sector and decide on what functions and services are ‘best’ for your organization. However, a best practice PMO has a problem-focused purpose, with its fun...
Best practice|Governance|P3O|Project management office
Published 12 Jan 2018
Why should professionals who have any level of responsibility for projects in their organizations look to approaches like PRINCE2 ® and others for help? Paul Bradley, MD of SPOCE Project Management, shares his view: Many people are involved in project management wit...
Career progression|Certification|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 23 May 2018
There is an important question for project and programme professionals in 2018: now that you’ve passed your test, how are you learning to drive? By this I mean that, presently, colleagues who have passed their best practice foundation and practitioner examinations are not ...
Best practice|Certification|Learning|MSP|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Training|Value
Published 03 Mar 2020
What is agile project management and does it mean the same thing to everyone practising it? To some people it’s about delivering at pace. To others, it’s a blend of Agile and more traditional approaches to project management which, with the right focus, leads to an increas...
Agile|Communication|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme management|Project sponsorship|Skills
Published 10 Aug 2017
Let’s begin by defining the senior responsible owner`(SRO) role. The publication Managing Successful Programmes ® (2011 edition) describes the SRO as the individual responsible for ensuring that a project or programme of change meets its objectives and delivers the projec...
Leadership|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project progress|Roles|Stakeholder management
Published 19 Jun 2017
Every day, CIOs face the same daunting question; how can they effectively communicate the value of IT to the business? For any IT initiative, the confusion lies in identifying and quantifying its outcomes for the business. They need to challenge the business’ perception of ...
Frameworks|IT investment|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 03 Dec 2014
QUESTION: I’ve gained the initial ITIL® qualification but I don’t understand what further training and development can do for me. Isn’t the ITIL foundation enough? Individual practitioners often see the ITIL foundation qualification as a way onto the ladder because busin...
Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Management|Service Management|Skills
Published 24 Sep 2019
Using Agile methods in project management is not about choosing either to go Agile or not; it’s more about how agile can we be on this project? It’s the project manager’s role to assess exactly “how agile” and recognize the associated risks and benefits. The PRINCE2 Agile...
Agile|Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 14 Nov 2019
Why do IT professionals certify in ITIL ® and PRINCE2 ® ? In the space of eight months, Service Process Controller (within Change Management tower) at Fujitsu, Balaji, achieved three certifications: PRINCE2, ITIL 4 Foundation and PRINCE2 Agile ® . We asked him why: While ...
Agile|Career progression|Certification|ITIL 4|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile
Published 23 Jan 2020
Congratulations — you’ve been on a project or programme management (PPM) course , enjoyed the experience and passed the exam. All very positive. But now you are back at your desk you may be struggling with one nagging question — why am I finding it so hard to put those lea...
Learning|Learning from experience|MSP|PRINCE2|Processes|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles|Training
Published 25 Aug 2020
As a project manager, receiving a new project mandate reminds me of the first coordinate in an orienteering course. Orienteering is an outdoor adventure sport in which you receive a map and coordinates. The aim is to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and de...
Agile|Best practice|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project planning
Published 09 Jun 2020
We spoke with Michelle Oluoch, who works at LVCT Health in Kenya . Her organization promotes HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment and fights against sexual and gender-based violence. What is your professional background? I have undergraduate and postgraduate degre...
Best practice|Budgets|Certification|Communication|Learning|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Project Progress|Qualifications
Published 24 Mar 2015
P3M3® v3.0 is – in the world of best practice guidance – the “big one”. This latest version, the newest since 2008, will provide PPM consultants and organizations they work with the evidence for whether projects, programmes and portfolios are working or not and their return ...
Best Practice|Management|Maturity models|P3M3|Processes|Project and programme management (PPM)
Published 21 Jul 2015
It was the marriage they said could never happen but AXELOS has managed it. What were thought to be two polar opposites, PRINCE2 - symbolizing control, accountability, order – and agile – symbolizing self-organization and equality, have been reconciled in the new PRINCE2 Ag...
Agile|Behaviour|Portfolio Management|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme Management|Project Management
Published 01 Jul 2016
Project teams are increasingly becoming virtual in one form or another. This can include working across different geographies, time zones, firm-wide boundaries and with third parties. Projects can cover a number of different countries with virtual teams and as Project Manag...
Published 22 Aug 2017
How agile is project management in 2017? Our latest PPM Benchmark Study suggests a discrepancy between project managers and the organizations they work for in the way agile is perceived and adopted. The majority of project managers continue to be enthusiastic about agil...
Agile|Business Solutions|Governance|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme delivery|Project Management
Published 21 Nov 2017
1. In your service management experience, how much of a foundation does ITIL ® provide? One of the benefits of ITIL as a foundation is that it has created a common language across organizations, by establishing both basic terminology and the processes they define. It also...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Methodologies|Service Management
Published 17 Jan 2018
What you should do to improve project success and achieve value has been high on the agenda this year. Equally, the increased uncertainty in the economy has raised awareness of the need for increased professionalism in project and programme management (PPM) . In short, we’v...
Change management|Collaboration|Learning|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office
Published 03 Oct 2018
Organizations are going through a period of constant change in how they do things and having to leave behind the mindset of “that’s the way we’ve always done it”. As ITIL ® says, it’s a matter of focusing on customers and what they want. From an IT service management (IT...
Change management|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Roles|Service desk|Service management
Published 17 Dec 2018
Organizations going through digital transformation can’t afford to use a tick-box exercise when it comes to using best practices like ITIL ® . Too many organizations find themselves going through the motions of adopting best practice when they need to. They might have good...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service management
Published 19 Mar 2019
In the first part of this two-part blog post series on ITSM anti-practices, ITIL Expert Pavel Demin described the problems of being too focused on implementation, increasing process maturity, "join-the-dots" ITSM and the risks of fast-tracking change requests. This time, P...
Incident management|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service management|Value
Published 08 Apr 2019
AI is not the future: in fact, we’re seeing very much in the present. So the message to organizations (corporate and IT) is, simply, “get on board and start learning about it ”! If you don’t believe me, take the example of IBM Watson in healthcare . While no human can dig...
Best practice|Frameworks|Governance|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 06 Sep 2019
There are many reasons why a programme fails. But there are some causes of failure that are common across the majority of troubled programmes. So, let me introduce the seven Cs of programme failure and how they can be addressed using best practice methods such as Managing Su...
Best practice|Capabilities|Collaboration|Communication|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Stakeholder management
Published 14 Jun 2018
If ever there was a time to deliver efficient and consistent business change in an organization it is now, particularly with ever-increasing budgetary pressures to do more with less. What the Portfolio, Programme and Project Office (P3O ® ) guidance provides is a decision e...
Portfolio Management|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 09 Oct 2020
While setting up a book club, I decided to adopt some PRINCE2 principles , themes and processes to help structure the running of the book club. As a result, my research on book clubs was more thorough and my plans better detailed, making starting and running the book club mu...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 10 Mar 2017
In early December 2016, Kaimar Karu and I found ourselves in Portland, Oregon running a workshop with Jon Terry, Shane Carlson, and Kevin Behr. Over dinner one night, we started talking about Enterprise Service Management (ESM). Differences in opinion started to surface, and ...
Best Practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Processes|Service management|Value
Published 26 Oct 2020
Today marks the launch of the 5 th edition of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP). MSP was last updated in 2011 and so this new edition responds to a number of changes that have taken place in the world of programme and project management since then. It also reflects chan...
Best practice|Certification|MSP|Programme management
Published 16 Sep 2014
The "S" factor - sponsors and stakeholders - are critical to the success of any project or programme. And ensuring these vital people are actively supporting you and your team depends on how successful you are at "managing upwards". People tend to "buy into" programmes as t...
Communication|Programme Management|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Project Management|Stakeholder Management
Published 18 Jul 2017
The value of programme and project assurance can be described as the process of checking that a programme or project makes the right commitments to the business and then delivers on those commitments. Assurance provides an independent, confidential, objective view of progra...
Capabilities|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Risk management|Strategic objectives|Value
Published 20 Aug 2015
Why, in project management, are small projects treated as the “poor relation”? Many Project Managers aspire to manage large projects and programmes – large, transformation activities with high visibility, significant resources and a lot of kudos! As such, an aspirational Pr...
Best practice|Frameworks|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Risk management|Small projects
Published 18 Dec 2015
Many individuals, and even organizations, are convinced that there is real value in the guidance documented in ITIL® , but they struggle to know how to use that guidance to best advantage. ITIL describes a lot of best practices that could be followed, but as the saying go...
Adopt and adapt|Change management|Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
Published 14 Mar 2016
Janek Rozov, Head of the Information Society Services Development Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in Estonia, explains how it has introduced a multiple-view service catalogue to improve understanding of services amongst its citizens and allo...
Best Practice|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Service catalogue
Published 19 May 2016
There are a number of challenges faced by IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals in the operational space but, broadly speaking, the ITIL Practitioner can be used to address three key areas: measurement; communication; and education. Measurement Metrics are often a...
Communication|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service desk|Training
Published 20 Feb 2017
How can organizations and their programme managers ensure agile approaches and programme management work well together? This is a hot topic right now, with a rapidly-evolving technology landscape which lends itself to agile techniques and the pressure on organizations to ch...
Agile|MSP|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Requirements|Vision
Published 11 Jun 2018
The importance of effective communication with a project’s stakeholders is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. PRINCE2 ® describes detailed techniques only when related to one of its recommended approaches or one that is unique to its method. As a result, it does no...
Communication|Project management|Project planning|Project sponsorship|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder management
Published 10 Oct 2018
Agile is fast becoming the ‘must-have’ methodology requested by many operations directors… something that may be more the result of an impulse purchase in an airport waiting lounge bookshop than coming from a deep understanding of the topic. That said, I must admit that le...
Agile|Frameworks|Governance|PRINCE2|Project planning|Stakeholder management
Published 05 Mar 2019
After 14 years’ working in project management-related roles in complex environments, Andrea Vecchi – now Head of PMO at solar power company, Sonnedix – was introduced to programme management. Here he recounts his learning and certification journey, including 12 months of st...
Certification|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project management|Strategic objectives
Published 09 Aug 2019
Have you just gained the PRINCE2 ® Foundation certification? Congratulations! But don’t get too comfortable, because it’s now time to think about your next steps – taking your PRINCE2 Practitioner. But why – you might ask – should I go through another certification The a...
Certification|Examinations|Learning|Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 26 Nov 2019
I recently attended the national conference of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) in Melbourne. The two-day event featured talks from a wide range of industries and roles, all sharing their experiences on how to further project management. I’d like to sh...
Agile|Capabilities|Knowledge management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning|Project Progress|Skills
Published 15 Feb 2016
To my mind, one of the most useful additions to ITIL ® Practitioner is the Guiding Principles (GP). The Guiding Principles help focus on the essential aspects for a successful ITIL adoption. They provide a powerful checklist to those responsible for ensuring an ITIL deploy...
Adopt and adapt|Behaviour|Customer experience|IT transformation|ITIL|Value
Published 18 Feb 2019
Business value from IT goods and services in a digital world I think it’s fair to say that organizations’ understanding of “digital” is currently ‘all over the place’, leading to much confusion. In technology terms, when you’re using IT strategically to drive a business...
Customer engagement|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Value
Published 18 Mar 2020
With the new version ITIL ® 4, the discipline of Service Management has been catapulted back from the supposedly old, past world to the centre of current reality. No, not bureaucratic processes should manage services or products anymore. Rather, holistic practices are to be d...
Agile|ITIL 4|Key performance indicators (KPIs)|Processes|Service catalogue|Service management
Published 12 Nov 2014
"How do I hold on to my current ITSM budget or even grow it? I know I need to show value to the business, but my concern is that the 'powers that be' see only cost. What's my best approach to this?" As technology continues to advance and develop, IT is becoming even more i...
Best Practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management|Value
Published 12 Mar 2015
With the launch of AXELOS’ Professional Development Programme , we have updated one of our previous blogs on our Career Paths tool, which we designed to help you identify the professional skills needed to progress in some of the main job areas in today’s marketplace. You ...
Best Practice|Career Planning|CPD|IT service management (ITSM)|Learning|Project and programme management (PPM)|Recruitment|Skills
Published 01 Oct 2015
At a time in the global job economy when employers report receiving upwards of 30 applications for every job posted, it is more essential than ever to put in the work of earning - and maintaining - professional certifications and skills that will set you apart. Equally import...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|Certification|CPD|Qualifications|Skills
Published 08 Jul 2016
Within my own organization, we’ve used the principles of ITIL ® Practitioner to ensure we’re working more effectively. And that has involved taking a “helicopter ride”. The release and deployment team’s objective is to release about 20 new and quality courseware titles to...
Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|ITIL|Value
Published 17 Jan 2017
Herding Cats with PRINCE2 ® Let me introduce myself - I’m Tom, a Project Manager. I recently started in my new role and my team are… well, they are a little hairier than I first expected. And when the job description said strong stakeholder management, I didn’t realize this...
Business solutions|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 26 May 2017
PRINCE2 ® is widely recognized for providing a method for successful project delivery. However, aspiring project managers need to consider their certification – any certification – as only part of the greater whole which provides an experienced and well-rounded pro...
Published 12 Jun 2017
As a PRINCE2 ® -qualified project manager, I’ve tailored every project I’ve ever worked on. That’s why it’s great to see that the principle of tailoring runs explicitly throughout the updated PRINCE2 guidance and how it can be tailored for projects in any environment: smal...
Agile|Certification|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 08 Jan 2018
2017 was certainly an interesting year for project management and 2018 looks set to be equally eventful. In a positive move for the industry, the Association for Project Management (APM) received its Royal Charter . This is a major step forward for the profession and tak...
Published 26 Jan 2018
In today’s world of digital transformation and disruption, organizations are in a constant state of change. Those that respond well will flourish, but building this capability effectively requires much more than a generic understanding. Tech giants Google, Apple and Micro...
Capabilities|Change management|Project management office|Strategic objectives
Published 02 Mar 2018
Are you a person who wants to get things done and be successful but lacks the time to make big changes or to start anything complex and new? Based on PRINCE2 ® processes, though taking a more lightweight approach, we have created a brief, practical guidance paper using...
Certification|PRINCE2|Processes|Project checklists|Project management|Project planning
Published 07 Mar 2018
How agile are we in IT service management (ITSM)? I’ve seen numerous different companies claiming to be agile while – in reality – they’re not. If we refer for a moment to the ITIL Continual Service Improvement (CSI) model, the first step is to define the vision and prop...
Agile|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 11 May 2018
We have often discussed how technology and new frameworks have changed our service management practices and how we need to adopt and adapt them. Still as we know there is another key pillar: People. People are often the last step in any improvement plan. Trainings are the f...
Adopt and Adapt|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Learning|Skills|Training
Published 08 Aug 2018
With Day 2 of Agile 2018 come and gone, as promised here are my top thoughts from the day. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’d highly recommend my recap of the first day . Today has had a common theme running throughout (bar one exception) of how to scale agi...
Agile|Capabilities|Communication|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Skills
Published 05 Sep 2018
It may seem at odds with purist Agile thinking, but project managers are increasingly finding themselves allocated Agile projects. This trend is partly because Agile projects have become the norm rather than the exception in a number of disciplines, such as IT, where digit...
Published 07 Dec 2018
In the world before ITIL v3 and Continual Service Improvement (CSI) it was part of a service level manager’s job to identify areas for improvement. However, this was ad hoc and happened mostly if a customer was complaining. We used what were called service improvement pl...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer experience|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL
Published 13 Dec 2018
When I was a junior consultant, I viewed project assurance with more than some trepidation. The scrutiny poured on my work by the manager felt like a school examination (which I was not passing). I had been cramming the previous night, checking project descriptions, ensuring ...
CPD|Management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 01 Feb 2019
What leadership techniques and understanding of behaviour should project boards and project managers use for organizational transformation? Set the strategic vision Taking the example of AXELOS’ work on updating PRINCE2 ® in 2017 , our vision was focused on the se...
Agile|Behaviour|Change management|Communication|Digital transformation|Leadership|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 04 Jun 2019
We are creators, innovators and explorers of new, shiny things. It is part of our role and we love it. Listening to the hype, the latest trends - what ones are worth our time and investment, which ones will stick around (Apple iPhone, Amazon Echo) and which ones will not make...
Change management|Frameworks|Incident management|IT services|ITIL|Knowledge management|Problem management|Resource management|Service management
Published 13 Jun 2019
In case you were wondering if it still makes sense to invest in professional certifications , we can assure you that, this is definitely the case. How do we know this? We simply asked. Not so long ago, we conducted a survey among more than 1,800 individuals and decision-ma...
Certification|IT service management (ITSM)|Learning|Professional development|Project and programme management (PPM)|Training
Published 22 Jul 2019
I firmly believe that emotional intelligence (EI) and communication are integral to the development of project management and key to shaping its future. So, it doesn’t surprise me that they are recognized in this year’s AXELOS PPM benchmark report 2019 as “specific skills ...
Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles|Skills
Published 05 Aug 2019
What should we call organizational initiatives that are focused on the long-term as well as short-term and recognize their wider impact on society? I’d call that responsible project management . The new generation of people growing up today are more switched on to the be...
AgileSHIFT|Best practice|Leadership|MSP|PRINCE2|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 15 Nov 2019
We recently published our 2019 ITSM Benchmarking report where 1,600 respondents worldwide had their say on the state of the ITSM industry and the challenges ITSM is facing. The key findings from our report include: Digital transformation Digital transformation has become ...
Cloud services|CPD|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|Skills|Strategy execution|Training
Published 17 Dec 2019
Enterprise agility is almost mandatory today. Digital disruption and the rate of change is stimulating product development, raising customer service expectations and altering the technology landscape forever. Any organization unable to read, respond and adapt to these cond...
Agile|Behaviour|Business solutions|Collaboration|Communication|Customer experience|Value
Published 20 Dec 2019
Professional certifications obtained during undergraduate study at university are making a major difference to students’ career prospects. Above all, the key quality this gives them is enhanced employability. But what does an industry-recognized qualification actually...
Capabilities|Career planning|Certification|ITIL|PRINCE2|Professional development|Qualifications|Skills
Published 07 Jan 2020
Organizations are now reacting to the need for high-velocity IT (HVIT) by exploring customer experience and methods like DevOps and Agile. In some of the more mature enterprises, they’re looking at ITIL 4 and recognizing elements of modern service management, but without f...
Agile|Collaboration|Customer experience|DevOps|ITIL|ITIL 4|Processes
Published 17 Jan 2020
What does de-centralized IT look like today and how is high-velocity IT (HVIT), as addressed in ITIL 4 , enabling it? Digital organizations need to provide rapid and immediate responses to customer needs because they demand quick action, whether they are internal or externa...
Agile|Customer needs|End-User Experience|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service catalogue|Service management|Value
Published 06 Oct 2020
‘ The CHAOS Report ’ 2018 from the Standish Group sees decision latency as one of the key factors why so many projects fail. In other words, if you want to improve project success, you have to speed up your decision-making. The Standish Group studied this decision latency for...
Published 07 Jul 2020
Whatever people might think now about working life in the future, I think it’s safe to predict we’ll be operating in a new normal. The statement “I have to go to the office” will become a foreign concept, though a home working /office mix will probably remain. And the sh...
ITIL|Leadership|Learning from experience|Roles
Published 29 Oct 2020
In today's connected world, service providers and clients share a common accountability to make business successful. The way that some might have shrugged off accountability previously just doesn’t work now and, if this continues, the outcomes won’t be favourable. Because ...
Best practice|Cloud services|Collaboration|ITIL 4
Published 09 Jan 2017
I was working with a client recently, helping them plan ways to improve the management of IT user support. When I came to review the advice I offered them, I realized that other organizations might find the same advice useful, so I have created three blog posts highlighting ...
Customer experience|IT services|ITIL|Service desk|Value
Published 03 Mar 2015
Within every organization processes change, new technology is brought in, new policies are implemented and organizational structure can change too. IT Service Management (ITSM) initiatives often involve changing how people carry out their jobs and if you’re changing the way...
Change Management|Communication|ITIL|Processes|Project Progress|Service Management
Published 23 Jun 2015
While Scrum has become the standard for agile software product development, many Scrum users are demanding a kind of umbrella for managing more complex projects where more than one team is involved. Similarly, many “well-established” Project Managers would like to know the ...
Agile|Frameworks|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project Management|Training
Published 08 Jul 2015
If your organization doesn’t change it will probably do one thing: atrophy. It’s not sustainable to remain the same - do that, and you’re writing your own obituary. Like it or not, change happens. The world, people and technology change and organizations need to maintain th...
Agile|Behaviour|Change Management|Management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Vision
Published 19 Oct 2015
More and more organizations are finding a need for their employees to have project management knowledge because the work people do is increasingly project-based. Not only that, but as the world becomes more complex and advances in technology are made every day, project acti...
Agile|Best Practice|Processes|Project management
Published 02 Nov 2015
Why do you want or need a project and programme management (PPM) qualification? Ultimately the reason should be to achieve successful management of projects, programmes and portfolios. However, people often get pushed into getting a qualification for the wrong reasons. If t...
Best Practice|Portfolio Management|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Qualifications
Published 10 Feb 2016
Does your organization have a problem with delivering projects and are you wrestling with the question: “how do we start to improve our projects?” It might seem like a simple question but the answer is more complex. This is because there is no universal right answer, as dif...
Maturity models|P3M3|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 26 Feb 2016
The principal objective for a project – delivering a specific output – can often be relegated to a focus on standardization. And very often this standardization of the project management processes boils down to completing a set of project templates. I’ve seen this happen very...
Best practice|PRINCE2|Processes|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project checklists|Project management
Published 11 Mar 2016
Behaviour is a critical success factor in any organization and yet – traditionally – many frameworks such as ITIL ® , SCRUM or LEAN, fail to address behaviour change. The issue is that many senior leaders and managers use negative consequences to encourage the desired b...
Behaviour|Change management|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Leadership|Service desk
Published 22 Mar 2016
The effect of IT service management (ITSM) transformation or improvement initiatives is not only about the business; the mental and emotional impact on the way people work and behave is a major factor – not everyone likes change. That’s why collaboration – one of the ...
Collaboration|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL|Stakeholder engagement
Published 27 Apr 2016
Nicola Reeves, Service Management Consultant at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, describes the value ITIL ® Practitioner brings to organizations, especially when it comes to change management. Having completed my ITIL training to the highest level, I was keen to understand...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Roles
Published 09 May 2016
Any discussion of project management in the USA demands the question: “how well are we doing?” I’d like to say that Project Managers are doing a good job in delivering projects on time and within budget along with all the scope and quality the customer expects. However, th...
Published 22 Jun 2016
The initiative to establish a service request catalogue to automate fulfilment of the most commonly requested services and allow customers to log their support requests is a commendable one. It would meet the objective of reducing the calls to the service desk and therefore...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|End-user experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service catalogue|Service desk
Published 15 Aug 2016
In the past 30 years the Northern Ireland Civil Service has seen an increased focus on delivering change and less on “business as usual” activity. This demand for improved public services has changed the way these services are delivered and that requires a much more robust a...
Best practice|Change management|Governance|MSP|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile
Published 05 Sep 2016
Configuration management is an area often underestimated by businesses. Creating a configuration management database (CMDB) isn’t necessarily that difficult but actually using it correctly within an organization is. This is because configuration management also involves orga...
Asset management|Best practice|Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 14 Sep 2016
Louise John shares her thoughts on why ITIL doesn’t require lots of people and how businesses of all shapes and sizes can use the framework effectively. Does ITIL require a lot of people to work effectively and do you need to have one individual for every role, process ...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|Frameworks|ITIL|Processes|Roles
Published 16 Sep 2016
Project management learning is influenced increasingly by the importance of engagement . Tenets of engagement such as trust, relationships, communication and collaboration are all part of the behavioural and contextual competencies emerging in project management. Vodafone...
Published 03 Oct 2016
Using AXELOS’ best practice for programme management - MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) - can come in useful in the most unexpected situations - even beyond the workplace. Several years ago, I became involved in a local parents’ campaign about the lack of secondary ...
Best practice|Change management|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Strategic objectives
Published 26 Oct 2016
Many IT departments struggle when trying to adopt Kanban, especially at first. Whether they are moving from an established but ad hoc work management structure, or from a more standardized traditional IT Service Management (ITSM) work management model, they often find it hard...
Business solutions|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Service Management
Published 02 Nov 2016
What does the world want to know about agile delivery methods and their place in PRINCE2 Agile best practice? One of the easiest ways to find out is to ask the world using that most instant of communications tools, Twitter. And so AXELOS – including Allan Thomson, our...
Agile|Best Practice|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 16 Nov 2016
If your key stakeholders and end users aren’t happy, nobody’s happy. Key stakeholders can make or break the success of a project, even if all the deliverables are met and the objectives are satisfied . I was thinking recently about what added value I bring to the success ...
Agile|Communication|End-user experience|PRINCE2|Project management|Stakeholder management|Value
Published 14 Dec 2016
Why is IT Service Management (ITSM) important to organizations? Executives, of course, want to measure systems, data and people and how the IT infrastructure and the provided services are helping end-users to accomplish their business goal more efficiently. In the past, onl...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Problem management|Processes|Requirements
Published 27 Feb 2017
30 years ago in the manufacturing industry, if you brought out a new product you may have had between three and nine months before your main competitors would catch on and create something to challenge you. Now, in a digitally-led market, you can often count your time of exc...
Agile|Collaboration|Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
Published 14 Mar 2017
Periodically we can all start to feel under-valued for what we do. Whether it be getting the credit and recognition we want for our work or just a few more pounds and pennies a month in our pay packages, it is a perfectly normal and reasonable thing to want. That said, aski...
Published 11 Apr 2017
In this second of a two-part blog post series based on AXELOS’ recent research, The Future Project Manager , consultant trainers Duncan Wade and David Hinde explore agile in project management and how it aligns with a strategic approach: While the term “agile” is becom...
Agile|Behaviour|Frameworks|PRINCE2|Project management|Strategic objectives
Published 30 May 2017
AXELOS’ Future ITSM Professional report predicts a growing need for people working in ITSM to adopt a more strategic role as service management principles spread beyond IT and throughout organizations. Service management consultant, Lisa Hodges, reflects on the findings: ...
Collaboration|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Skills
Published 03 Jul 2017
In today’s world, you would be hard pressed to find a business that doesn’t use IT. And where there’s IT, there’s IT Service Management (ITSM). When taking my ITIL ® classes, I met people from all walks of life who wanted to learn about ITIL: people from government cont...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 19 Jul 2017
According to the 2017 AXELOS PPM Benchmark study , nearly half of project managers who rarely or never conduct project reviews have experienced project failure in the past 12 months – this compares to only 34% of those who review either always or most of the time. These ...
Leadership|Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project management|Requirements|Value
Published 20 Nov 2017
How can you use ITIL ® to address real business problems and add value while bringing along people who might be resistant to change? Progressing iteratively means that changes (in effect, smaller changes) are easier for people to stomach and you’ll get a better level o...
Agile|Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Incident management|ITIL|Processes
Published 21 Dec 2017
The ITIL ® update recently announced by AXELOS will be guided by the Lead Architect Team, comprising highly-respected experts from around the world. In this first blog post from the team, Troy DuMoulin talks IT past and present along with what an updated ITIL will mean f...
Published 15 Jan 2018
In 2017, people working in IT service management (ITSM) have shown a real openness to change and new ideas. There has always been a discussion that “a change is needed” in the ITSM world. Still a lot of initiatives have started and died unnoticed, or after a ton of negative...
Agile|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Training
Published 05 Mar 2018
We know that security awareness training for all is an essential part of our organizational resilience to the growing risk from, and impact of, cyber-attacks . However, we see common and typical weaknesses in learning programmes: Overestimating the extent to which the t...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Learning|RESILIA|Training
Published 20 Jul 2018
I’m a big believer that projects are a product of the people who are involved in them. Of course, an agile framework and clearly defined measures of control are essential but, based on my experience, people have to enjoy what they’re doing and want to work together to ac...
Communication|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project planning|Skills|Stakeholder management
Published 30 Aug 2018
With system breaches at universities doubling over the past two years, cyber-resilience is an increasing concern. In the first of two blog posts Kuldip Sandhu, Higher and Further Education Consultant, Innovative Quality Solutions looks at the challenges and considers soluti...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Learning|RESILIA|Training
Published 25 Sep 2018
IT Infrastructure management and support domain are experiencing a new makeover when it comes to tools, technologies, and methods that are being introduced on top of the service layer. Support and service are an integral part of every business. Every organization is an IT org...
Capabilities|Dashboards|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|Processes|Service management
Published 22 Oct 2018
Organizational transformation is built on ITIL ® best practices. And, from what I’ve seen from the frontline, the need for this still exists. In fact, there is so much work still to be accomplished among organizations that I could be busy for years and years! As a consul...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL
Published 27 Dec 2018
How can communication within IT service management (ITSM) – and ultimately with the business it supports – be improved? The silos that can develop among different parts of organizations need something that bridges the gap between the professionals that create and build t...
Communication|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Skills|Value
Published 01 Mar 2019
‘Digital’ is about customer experience and value For better and for worse, the societal, political and economic impact of information technology is unprecedented. As citizens and consumers, technology has made our life so much easier that it’s giving organizations a hard t...
IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Skills|Value
Published 04 Mar 2019
There is a famous saying, that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but I’m going to break the code here and share my views and feedback from Pink19 . Although this was my first experience of Vegas, I knew what to expect having enjoyed several movies based in ‘Sin City...
Best practice|Certification|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
Published 12 Mar 2019
I ’m often asked how to apply agile principles in project management to ensure customers get the end product they need. Knowing what a final product will do – and how it will do it – is essential; defining that clearly is the purpose of a requirement in the PRINCE2 Agile...
Agile|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements|Skills
Published 07 Jun 2019
As a Project Management professional, I am often asked what my greatest career achievement is. My answer is simple and unerring: inspiring, as club manager, the recent victory of AXELOS FC’s fabled 5-a-side football team in the League One Victoria Late championship near ou...
Management|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder management
Published 28 Jun 2019
There is a pressing need to start graduating US college students with basic practical knowledge of how to operate in IT organizations and other change environments. Students with a recognized project management certification such as PRINCE2 ® are more likely to become eff...
Published 02 Jul 2019
“A vision is a picture of a better future. In MSP ® it is the basis for the outcomes and delivered benefits of the programme. As such it is a vital focus and enabler for the buy-in, motivation and activity alignment of the large community of stakeholders involved in any prog...
MSP|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Stakeholder management|Strategic objectives|Vision
Published 16 Jul 2019
It’s a challenging time to be a programme or project manager: expected to deliver more with less, responsible for multiple change initiatives simultaneously, facing a range of internal and external pressures and embracing agile methods . This is the world according to prof...
Agile|Career progression|Certification|CPD|Project and programme management (PPM)|Training
Published 20 Aug 2019
I sometimes get asked, what keeps me interested in learning and certifying? And that’s a very good question as during my career in projects and programmes I’ve completed PRINCE2 ® Foundation and Practitioner, MSP ® and this year successfully achieved MoP ® – Mana...
Best practice|Learning|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning
Published 05 Sep 2019
How should an organization undertake the transition from ITIL ® v3 to ITIL 4 ? But before the “how?”, maybe we should talk about the “why?”. ITIL 4 is the latest evolution in the best practice framework that has supported IT service management professionals and their org...
IT service management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
Published 13 Sep 2019
Fifty per cent of people I see undertaking PRINCE2 ® training today are not working in a traditional project management role and the organizations they work for usually don’t have a Project Management Office (PMO) . There is a growing trend for smaller companies to send ...
Certification|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles|Training|Value
Published 20 Sep 2019
Cloud-based IT services have created a massive change in the traditional IT model, the way IT is delivered and the agility enabled as a result. With cloud, organizations are getting access to technology services in days and weeks rather than months and delivering products ...
Cloud services|Customer needs|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Processes|Value
Published 06 Dec 2019
How is the ITIL 4 guiding principle “collaborate and promote visibility” important to organizations today? Many organizations remain siloed, whether by function, process, product, territory or other types. And within the silos, people tend to focus on their tasks and objec...
Collaboration|Customer engagement|IT services|ITIL 4|Service management|Value|Vision
Published 13 Dec 2019
In this ITIL ® 4 Q&A, Dinara Adyrbai explains the development of the 34 management practices and how they relate to ITIL processes: Q: Processes in ITSM are about structure, defined inputs/outputs and objectives – with ITIL 4, do we need processes anymore? A: Yes, we...
Adopt and adapt|ITIL|ITIL 4|Knowledge management|Processes|Service management|Value
Published 04 Feb 2020
Back in the industrial society, goods were a dominant factor in our lives. But in the “service era” we prefer to replace ownership of goods with access to services and resources without necessarily owning them. This is happening with and without digital transformation , alt...
Collaboration|Communication|Customer experience|End-User Experience|IT services|ITIL 4|Stakeholder engagement|Value
Published 02 Apr 2020
To be successful in the current environment of rapid, concurrent and never-ending change, organizations must grow their agility not just to thrive, but to survive. Agility is the ability across an organization to move and adapt quickly. A high degree of organizational agility...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Collaboration|Digital transformation|Empowerment|Senior team
Published 14 May 2020
John Edmonds – who joined AXELOS in 2018 – was the classic, "accidental project manager" in an era before best practice and when project management was done through trial and error. Here, he charts his journey to training countless professionals in PRINCE2 ® while a...
Best practice|Certification|Governance|PRINCE2|Project management|Training
Published 05 Jun 2020
How can you easily enhance your continuing professional development (CPD)? The My AXELOS online subscription service, providing career development tools and resources aligned with ITIL ® , PRINCE2 ® and MSP ® best practice, has listed its top CPD content accessed b...
Career progression|CPD|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|ITIL 4|Learning|MSP|PRINCE2|Professional development
Published 16 Jun 2020
Some projects are better managed under a Waterfall approach while others are better managed using an Agile approach. However, The PRINCE2 Agile ® course and certification allowed me to understand the needs of project stakeholders and apply the best combination of the two me...
Agile|Certification|Learning|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project planning
Published 23 Oct 2020
The ITIL 4: Create, Deliver and Support (CDS) module is focused on the central engine of ITIL’s service value chain. Summarising a recent panel webinar involving Akshay Anand (AXELOS ITIL Ambassador), Barclay Rae (ITIL 4 CDS lead editor and consultant), Jon Stevens-...
Best practice|Collaboration|Communication|Frameworks|ITIL 4
Published 29 Apr 2016
Incident Managers are crucial to IT service operations in any organization. When something goes wrong, they provide immediate support, commanding and controlling major incidents. A successful Incident Manager needs to be proactive and a real people person. But what other sk...
Published 04 Jul 2016
PRINCE2 is one of the world’s most popular project management methodologies, so congratulations if you’re studying to take the Foundation exam; having the PRINCE2 certification will prepare you well for job roles both within and outside the world of project management. But b...
Published 20 Jul 2016
Okay, I don’t usually quote Shakespeare, but there’s one line that I’ve remembered since I was at school in England. It comes from Othello : “Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself.” All the publicity aro...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Identity|IT services|RESILIA|Vulnerability
Published 13 Dec 2017
What have all the successful teams throughout history had in common? The England Football Team 1966, Apollo 11 astronauts or Sir Edmund Hillary’s Mount Everest expedition team were all made up of individuals with different skills and experiences working towards a common goa...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project sponsorship|Skills|Stakeholder management|Task management
Published 23 Jul 2014
Project managers - by their very nature - generally don't start a new project without an underlying belief that their project will be a success. However, what should sit alongside this optimism at the outset of a project is an equal dose of realism and a willingness to ask c...
Best Practice|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project Management
Published 07 Jul 2015
What are the ITIL training questions that a tutor hears from trainees time and again? As a useful resource for all practitioners, I felt it was worth bringing the “usual suspects” of topics together in one place: What is an accreditor, an ATO and EI? AXELOS is the accredi...
Career Planning|Certification|Examinations|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|Qualifications|Service Management
Published 18 Jul 2016
I started in IT back in the pre-Internet ‘dark ages’, over 35 years ago. In those days we were literally in the basement and nobody really knew what we did, we were the geeks of ‘IT Crowd’ cliché. When there was a major system outage it could take us down for hours, but the ...
Cyber resilience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|RESILIA|Service desk
Published 20 Mar 2017
The internet plays a huge part in our lives: for work, staying in touch with our friends, shopping, playing games, studying or just watching some hilarious cat videos, we are spending more and more time online. We are bombarded with more and more information and the technol...
Published 30 Jun 2017
Taking the MSP ® (Managing Successful Programmes) Practitioner exam puts you on a pathway to a proven best practice method for managing transformational change in organizations. Programmes are the delivery mechanism for this level of change, defining an organization’s f...
Published 13 Oct 2017
I received the Project Mandate in October 2016. It was clear and concise. “Run the Bournemouth Half Marathon on 8 October 2017 and raise awareness and funds for Target Ovarian Cancer ” . Starting Up A Project process was triggered and I created the Project Brief. Th...
Communication|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Project planning|Risk management
Published 19 Dec 2017
When summing up project management in 2017, one word dominates: convergence. Convergence has been happening for a while and is founded on having a common understanding of project management and its underlying concepts. For example, if everyone involved in the project shar...
Best Practice|Communication|Processes|Project management|Skills
Published 01 Feb 2018
In the international bestseller The 7 habits of highly effective people (Free Press, 1988), Steven R. Covey describes an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls the ‘true north’ principles of a character ethic that are universal...
Behaviour|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy Execution|Vision
Published 19 Jun 2019
Over the past five years, I believe that – for some IT organizations – the ITIL ® concept of Service Strategy (SS) got left behind. Why is this? IT organizations have been buried in the “trenches” of an endless loop which includes immediate uptake of design, transition an...
Customer needs|ITIL 4|Service management|Skills|Strategy execution|Value
Published 29 Feb 2016
Marcel Foederer was among a number of trainers and consultants who undertook the recent ITIL ® Practitioner “Trainer Readiness Session” course. In this first blog post from those trainers, he considers the value of the new ITIL Practitioner certification: Among t...
Capabilities|Certification|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
Published 09 Mar 2016
Do you have what it takes to be a Business Relationship Manager (BRM) ? What does a BRM do? The role is responsible for building relationships between the IT organization and the business units to ensure IT services meet the needs of business customers. BRMs collaborate...
Business information management|Capabilities|Collaboration|IT services|Requirements|Skills
Published 10 Jul 2016
If you’re intending to take the Practitioner qualification, a little groundwork while studying for the Foundation exam will pay dividends later on. The Manual The Practitioner exam is open book, meaning you can consult the manual during the exam. The only book you can take ...
Published 31 Oct 2016
A lot of organizations, experience frustration with their service desk. While that’s not a criticism – the majority get things done quickly – end users get annoyed by the speed of service desk support. Interestingly, what’s usually at fault is effectiveness rather than effic...
Business solutions|Collaboration|ITIL|Processes|Service desk|Stakeholder management
Published 01 Jun 2017
Hitesh Patel demystifies the role and qualities of the Service Delivery Manager and where ITIL® Practitioner’s best practice guidance can support their work: Service Delivery Manager (SDM) is a role many people struggle with within IT Service Management (ITSM) and, for...
Business Relationship Management|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Requirements|Roles|Skills
Published 21 Jun 2017
According to AXELOS’ Future Project Management Professional research, the project managers of tomorrow will need to embrace a wider range of skills and become even more multi-faceted. Project manager, Ana Bertacchini considers the implications for the profession. How wil...
Agile|Capabilities|Change management|PRINCE2|Project management|Risk management
Published 09 Jun 2017
The focus on tailoring in the PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update is about taking only what you and your project need to ensure the right approaches are in place for success. This idea of cutting the best practice guidance down to the size you require is a crucial and useful change to...
Agile|Best Practice|Certification|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management
Published 14 Sep 2018
It is very common for organizations to ask project managers to deliver a plan for approval at short notice and this increases the risks for its delivery. What is rarely recognized is that a hastily-produced plan risks being incomplete, leading to delays, quality compromise...
PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning|Risk management
Published 30 Oct 2020
What is the business case for buying a hot tub? If it sounds like a silly question, think again. The business case theme in PRINCE2 ® is a way of weighing up your options and solidifying what you think is the right way forward for a project. Being able to construct a bu...
Adopt and adapt|Best practice|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 27 Jan 2015
Improving IT Service Management in 2015 For me the main issue with improving ITSM is that we often spend too much time contemplating our own navel instead of making things happen! As an industry we are very good at theorizing and discussing ideas both old and new, but makin...
Best Practice|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Information Management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL
Published 18 Apr 2016
In IT and ITSM, we’re living in the age of change – and that change is accelerating. If the birth of the internet was the start of this new age, we’ve now entered the next evolutionary stage: that includes a combination of cloud computing, mobility, big data analytics, ro...
Behaviour|Capabilities|Change management|Cloud services|Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)
Published 27 Jun 2016
Being “match-fit” for any examination takes plenty of advanced planning and preparation. By the time you’re taking your PRINCE2 ® 5th Edition Foundation exams, you should already be a veteran of exam techniques from experience at school, college and university. But even...
Published 04 Aug 2016
Project management and IT Service Management (ITSM) are evolving and, as a result, are becoming more interlinked. The reason for their entwinement is simple: it’s part of a move from ‘traditional’ project management approaches that focus on producing a deliverable to a more...
Best practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|Project management|Value
Published 28 Sep 2016
What is the current state of project management and Project Managers? At the turn of 2016, PM Perspectives Blog - in its top 10 project management trends post - said: “Project management is no longer boxed away in a corner of the room. It stands front and centre and is b...
Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements|Stakeholder management
Published 16 Nov 2016
PRINCE2 gives you a structured approach to delivering something , regardless of what that something is. And it’s effective not only for professionals with “Project Manager” in their job title: according to AXELOS’ PPM Survey 2016 , 88% of IT professionals, 82% of senio...
PRINCE2|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project management office|Roles
Published 05 Jul 2017
How do you start a project using the PRINCE2 ® project management method? Mark Sutton, change manager and trainer, considers the steps: Starting up a project – according to PRINCE2 – is triggered by a mandate : a reason to do something or, in other words, a busin...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Requirements|Roles|Skills
Published 14 Mar 2018
The quick-to-market digital environment of today means organizations have to find a way to incorporate agile working in what they do. Take-up of agile remains a mixed bag and we should acknowledge that agile isn’t for everyone or everything. However, where the feeling t...
Agile|Best practice|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Project checklists|Project planning|Project Progress|Training
Published 28 Jun 2018
Organizations today are struggling to stay responsive and effective in the face of constant change. Most are struggling just to catch up with, let alone get in front of, the accelerating turbulence that seems to infect every industry being impacted by ‘macro disruption’: A te...
Change management|Digital transformation|Leadership|Problem management
Published 19 Jul 2018
A well-designed project and stage plan was once the pride of any successful project manager. In the post-waterfall era of agile everything, the humble project and stage plan has got itself a bit of a bad reputation for being excessive. However, effective project management st...
Agile|Methodologies|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project planning|Senior management commitment
Published 13 Jul 2018
My AXELOS, the new content subscription service from AXELOS, includes access to digital badges for ITIL ® , PRINCE2 ® and MSP ® certifications plus CPD in each area of knowledge. But why is investing in digital badges an important part of demonstrating your credibili...
Career planning|Career progression|Digital badges|ITIL|Learning|MSP|PRINCE2|Qualifications
Published 14 Nov 2018
The second instalment of our PRINCE2 Agile ® blog post series with Julia Gosse, trainer at SPOCE Project Management , considers existing agile users: how can they combine their agile approach with the control and governance offered by PRINCE2 ® ? Professionals using ...
Agile|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements|Task management
Published 11 Apr 2019
What are the factors that make a strategic programme work? a question that might have helped the set rebuild project of the BBC’s flagship soap opera in the UK, “EastEnders”. The UK Government’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently published a report into the transform...
Best practice|Frameworks|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
Published 22 Oct 2019
Last month, I had the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion on how to drive cultural change in support of digital transformation at the New South Wales (NSW) Digital Transformation Summit in Sydney. This post highlights some of the insights and discussions from the se...
AgileSHIFT|Behaviour|Business solutions|Digital transformation|Infrastructure|Senior management commitment|Vision
Published 07 Nov 2019
AgileSHIFT ® addresses the concept of VUCA, referring to volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity as a driver for change. The concept is used to describe the chaotic, turbulent and rapidly changing business environment that has become the “new normal” for organiza...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Behaviour|Business information management|Change management|Digital transformation|IT transformation|Leadership|Strategy execution|Vision
Published 09 Jul 2020
The blueprint is one of the core elements of programme management and the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP ® ) best practice guidance. In essence, it captures the capability an organization wants to have by the end of a programme, with all its features and characteristi...
Best practice|MSP|Programme management|Project management
Published 16 Sep 2020
Until recently, I had never heard the PRINCE2 ® method mentioned in the context of marketing; now I have, I realize that many of my previous challenges were a project management issue. In the past few years, marketing has seen a transition from offline to online/digital ...
Best practice|Certification|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 06 Jan 2017
I was working with a client recently, helping them plan ways to improve the management of IT user support. When I came to review the advice I offered them, I realized that other organizations might find the same advice useful, so I have created three blog posts highlighting ...
Customer engagement|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Requirements|Service Desk
Published 05 Jun 2014
Throughout the 25 years of its existence, ITIL has supported IT organizations in providing business value for their customers in the form of well-designed and supported services. ITIL has become the most widely used and most successful ITSM (IT Service Management) framework i...
Best Practice|IT Services|ITIL|Project Management|Service Management|Value
Published 16 Nov 2015
There are, as you may know, a few key differences between agile and traditional waterfall projects, when managed using PRINCE2® . Traditional waterfall projects are delivered sequentially, whereas agile projects tend to be iterative and incremental. Traditional project p...
Best practice|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project planning|Project progress
Published 06 Jun 2016
What is the impact of mobility for the enterprise and the IT people tasked with supporting it? Like it or not, mobility is a hard trend – one that is not going away anytime soon – and its impact is significant. There is a projected exponential increase in mobile usage and c...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|End-user experience|IT services|ITIL|Knowledge management
Published 09 Nov 2016
How true to life are the so-called projects being managed by the so-called Project Manager on The Apprentice? What problems do they encounter and how do they deal with them? How should they be dealt with and how would the PRINCE2 Agile ® guidance handle things? The seri...
Certification|Leadership|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project progress|Skills
Published 06 Feb 2017
Programme managers juggle a wide range of challenges and many will get a buzz from bringing order to chaos and under-performance. All will want to avoid the pitfalls of change. Here are five change mistakes that a good programme manager will avoid in situations the really e...
Capabilities|Change management|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme delivery
Published 23 Apr 2019
What is the importance of Continual Service Improvement among ITIL Intermediate ’s lifecycle modules? Adam McCullough explains how the module empowered him in his role as an ITSM professional. Continual service improvement (CSI) is something every business has t...
Certification|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Roles|Value