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 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 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 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 28 Oct 2015
What's the point of ongoing professional development? In "My CPD Life", a short series of blog posts to coincide with the launch of the AXELOS Professional Development Programme , experienced practitioners share their views on the value of keeping your skills and know...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Portfolio management|Project management|Skills|Training
Published 08 Feb 2019
The #UCL knockout phase returns next week with 16 teams vying to lift the trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on 1 June 2019. As we await the round of 16, it’s time to sit down with Adam our #PRINCE2PUNDIT . Let’s see how the remaining teams can use the seven PRINC...
Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Roles|Value
Published 18 Mar 2019
Recently I had a fascinating meeting with the chief executive of a start-up company who are about to disrupt an established market – this was always going to be an interesting discussion! They have established that there is a ‘Delta’ in the performance of existing companie...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Business solutions|Collaboration|Customer experience|Stakeholder engagement|Value
Published 18 Apr 2019
What makes some change initiatives bloom while others wither and die? A 2013 study of pilot programmes by the National Academy of Sciences found that few effective pilot programmes remain effective at larger scales. The reasons may lie in both our natural resistance to new...
Behaviour|Business solutions|Change management|Leadership|Programme management|Requirements|Resource management
Published 27 Sep 2019
The big rugby tournament is underway in Japan and the all-conquering All Blacks will be many people’s favourites to win the title. What can be done to stop them? Could applying the seven PRINCE2 ® principles help? I say yes (well, maybe), here’s how: Business Justifi...
Communication|Learning|Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project Progress|Roles
Published 15 Oct 2019
The financial sector, in the 10 years since the financial crisis, has seen an end to limitless expenditure. With the main constraint now being financial , projects have to be delivered very much on budget. When making investments, organizations are now very mindful of the ...
Career progression|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Training
Published 24 Jul 2020
How has the pandemic lockdown affected the way project managers need to think about their work? On a practical level, we are so used to being in front of our boards and PMOs to get approval and support that many have found it difficult to re-structure and adapt. Admittedly...
Best practice|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office
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 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 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 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 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 25 Oct 2017
Cybercrime is a lucrative business. And not just for the hackers. The figures of how much the cyber security market is worth – and will be worth – vary, but they’re all huge. It’s said that $75 billion was spent in 2015. That by it’ll be $155.4 billion in 2019. Maybe $231.94...
Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Learning|RESILIA|Threats|Training
Published 11 Sep 2018
Many small companies and even departments in larger enterprises simply don’t have the need for a dedicated project manager and, more often than not, will appoint someone from within the business to run projects on a case-by-case basis. Selection is usually made on the gro...
Agile|Governance|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Training
Published 16 Nov 2018
As part of the CBI Cyber Security Conference 2018 , Ciaran Martin, CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre hosted a Keynote session. Here are a few key takeaways from his session. There is a culture shift in business about cyber security and evidence that business l...
Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Governance|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 30 Sep 2014
One of the most important aspects of delivering a world-class service, regardless of whether the word "cloud" is associated with the service or not, is Service Monitoring. Monitoring should not be considered a commodity, but rather a strategic opportunity for Service Deliver...
Cloud Computing|Customer Experience|IT Services|Management|Service Management|Strategy Execution
Published 26 Feb 2015
The first aspect of Service Design is to define the functional requirements, capabilities, and so on. No matter what we are doing and no matter the industry, we should always start with the customer in mind. In the case of our Service Monitoring Service, our customers are th...
Best Practice|Cloud Computing|Cloud services|Frameworks|Service Management
Published 24 May 2018
Since good governance is about the processes for making and implementing decisions, then effective governance and accountability structures are vital particularly if organizations are to successfully use an agile approach to deliver business change through the investment of p...
Published 04 May 2020
As you are probably one of the millions of people who are currently stuck at home , why not use this time to learn new skills and expand your knowledge? Maybe start thinking about how to ensure you’re in the best position for when the Covid-19 pandemic is over. As a first s...
Capabilities|Career planning|Career progression|Certification|CPD|Empowerment|ITIL|Learning|PRINCE2|Training
Published 07 Mar 2016
How well-prepared is the UK’s workforce for a cyber attack on the companies they work for? What generally dictates the capability and performance of anyone, working anywhere is the relevance and effectiveness of the training and learning they’re given and the behaviours they...
Published 18 Oct 2017
What can project managers do to improve their skills and capabilities and – in turn – the performance of project teams? Have a best practice mindset To be truly effective, you need to know your chosen project management method – such as PRINCE2 ® – in ...
Capabilities|Communication|PRINCE2|Project management|Skills|Stakeholder engagement
Published 24 Mar 2020
The current coronavirus crisis has pushed ‘home and mobile working’ onto the front pages. Self-isolation is critically important as we work towards preventing the rapid spread of the virus. But how can we isolate ourselves from a different threat whilst working remotely or a...
Behaviour|BYOD|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Data protection|Privacy|Threats|Vulnerability
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 08 Sep 2015
According to the Project Management Institute , ineffective communication leads to project failure one third of the time and compromises the project’s budget half the time. I always go by this mantra: people deliver projects not processes and tools . In order to emphasize...
Agile|Collaboration|Frameworks|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 13 Jul 2017
What’s the point of training people in project management best practices and then not using their new-found skills? Clearly, there is no point; however, this seems to be an issue among organizations according to the latest AXELOS PPM Benchmark Study 2017 – The Value of Pro...
P3M3|Processes|Project management|Project management office|Skills|Training
Published 26 Jun 2014
For project managers everywhere - who now have the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification firmly on their horizon for the first time - I have two words: "We listened!" You shared your frustrations with us about the historical process of moving up to PRINCE2 Practitioner level on...
Published 21 Oct 2015
What's the point of ongoing professional development? In "My CPD Life", a short series of blog posts to coincide with the launch of the AXELOS Professional Development Programme, experienced practitioners share their views on the value of keeping your skills and knowled...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Project management|Skills|Training
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 24 Apr 2018
In the world of project management , what do we mean by complex? Managing the refurbishment of historic buildings and public institutions in a densely populated city is one such complex and challenging environment. These busy facilities often need to stay open while work ...
Collaboration|Communication|Frameworks|Project management|Stakeholder management|Strategy execution
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 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 13 Mar 2020
Why should companies be exploring full agility at product level instead of at project level – and what does this mean for project managers? Markets and competition are evolving so fast while digital resources are enabling organizations to respond very quickly to changing de...
Agile|Customer needs|Frameworks|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Processes|Stakeholder engagement|Value
Published 13 Aug 2020
In an era of adaptation and better ways of working in the context of continuous performance improvements, people have inevitably expanded their skill set and capabilities. Much of this change has stemmed from the shifting of roles and organizational structures in response to ...
AgileSHIFT|Career progression|Professional development|Skills
Published 07 Apr 2015
Simplifying things for our application team consumers: Inputs Application teams know their applications. We know our Service Monitoring Service. We need to quantify very simple inputs that will enable our application/service teams to easily consume our service. The great new...
Best Practice|Cloud Computing|IT Services|Service Management
Published 21 Mar 2017
AXELOS Community hosted Whaling Week, a look into the results of a successful Whaling attack in your organization. We now present four of the best replies from throughout the week. We appreciate all the responses we received throughout Whaling Week, we had a great time readi...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Data protection|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 20 Nov 2018
As part of the CBI Cyber Security Conference 2018 , experts hosted a future looking session to “examine the latest threat intelligence and emerging risks for businesses in the cyber security landscape”. The panel considered what threat and risk issues boards need to be addr...
Best practice|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|GDPR|Threats
Published 27 Jul 2018
An AXELOS webinar – Protecting the reputation of UK Further and Higher Education with your greatest defence: your people – has highlighted how Further and Higher Education establishments are the ideal target for cyber attackers. Education institutions hold personal and fin...
Behaviour|Cyber Resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-Attack|RESILIA|Sensitive data|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 03 Oct 2019
Emma-Ruth Arnaz Pemberton looks back at her career in project management and the role that best practice professional certification has played. Like a lot of people, I “fell” into project management without any formal qualifications. I was working abroad at the time an...
Career progression|Certification|CPD|Learning|M_o_R|MSP|PRINCE2 Agile|Professional development|Project management|Qualifications
Published 17 Mar 2020
Are you managing a programme or a complex project? Whether it’s one or the other, you could be working with business change that involves multiple workstreams ultimately converging to deliver a final product or solution. That’s pretty much the idea of a programme : a set o...
Communication|Leadership|MSP|Programme management|Skills|Stakeholder management|Strategy execution
Published 10 Jun 2020
At a time like now, when many more people are working from home , project management best practice principles – such as those in PRINCE2 ® – can make a big difference to managing both professional and personal pressures. The seven PRINCE2 principles can be applied in a n...
Best practice|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning
Published 28 Feb 2018
The banking and personal savings sector is a prime target for hackers, which is no surprise when that's where the money is! Hackers use social engineering and phishing techniques to target both staff and customers to gain access to an organization's information, data and mo...
Behaviour|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|RESILIA|Sensitive data|Training
Published 11 Apr 2016
Managing projects and programmes differs based on the objectives each tends to have. Where project management focuses on one specific element to address a particular business process, programme management not only has a greater monetary value but also a wider range of people...
Communication|MSP|PRINCE2|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Requirements|Stakeholder management
Published 08 Sep 2016
In this guest blog post Rear Admiral Malcolm Cree, recently retired from the Royal Navy, describes how he led a major change programme to implement the new delegated defence operating model following Lord Levene’s Defence Reform report. This was about bringing programme...
MoP|Portfolio management|Processes|Programme management
Published 25 Jul 2018
If you want to successfully deliver new products and services to keep your organization competitive in today’s changing world, effective project management is critical. The project management method, PRINCE2 ® , has been taken up by more than 150 countries and, by its prov...
Agile|Certification|Frameworks|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Qualifications