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 Aug 2020
Many of us have been adjusting to the ‘new normal’, where the personal and professional have firmly intwined as we work from home. Despite saving valuable time on the daily commute, as well as the ability to work in our pyjamas, or nothing at all, this new arrangement has emp...
Published 09 Apr 2020
What do project managers need to have “top of mind” when working on projects involving agile delivery methods? A handy checklist within the PRINCE2 Agile ® best practice guidance outlines the salient points to be aware of – and these are captured under four headings: 1 C...
Agile|Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Requirements
Published 23 Jul 2021
Working in an increasingly virtual world, the performance of business leaders in projects is facing more scrutiny than ever. Equally, the so-called “new normal” has magnified any leadership deficiencies that were there before and it’s vital that leaders are aware of that and...
Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
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 10 Sep 2021
Focusing on how you can manage assets to deliver services is at the heart of ITIL® 4’s workforce and talent management practice. While workforce management concentrates on human resources delivering services, talent management ensures you have the right people with right ski...
Published 28 Jan 2021
When an organization is going through a rapid modernization programme – and ultimately digital transformation – it needs clarity around its operating model. This is not just about having an organizational chart but rather the capabilities an enterprise needs to invest in....
Certification|Customer experience|Digital transformation|ITIL 4
Published 21 Jul 2021
In IT service management (ITSM) the IT incident – typically – is a transaction: something that comes in, generates a ticket, someone takes an action and “spits” it out at the other end. Reflecting on this reminds me of my first role in IT, working as a help desk analyst. Wha...
IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4
Published 24 Aug 2021
Investing in transformational change is both a major and risky undertaking but most organizations are not well-prepared for it. According to McKinsey failure rates for this run at about 70%. A large contributing factor, in my experience, is business leaders don’t necessari...
MSP 5th Edition|Programme management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 17 Sep 2021
Talking about the service management office (SMO) in 2021 raises two key questions: is it still relevant today and has it ever been useful? The concept of having some sort of structure like an SMO seems to be under attack at the moment, which is a knee-jerk reaction that I t...