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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 May 2019
In a few days’ time, Israel will host the world’s longest running annual TV music competition, the Eurovision Song Contest . How do you go about successfully hosting a major event that will be screened live to nearly 200 million people across the world (remember that the ‘eu...
Best practice|Communication|Learning from experience|MSP|Programme management|Small projects|Stakeholder engagement
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 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 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 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 09 Jul 2018
This week, AXELOS announced the launch of My AXELOS , an online content subscription aligned to some of the world’s most widely used project and service management frameworks, ITIL ® , PRINCE2 ® and MSP ® . Here, Emer O’Sullivan, Marketing Lead at AXELOS explains wh...
Career progression|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|PRINCE2|Professional development|Project and programme management (PPM)|Service Management|Value
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 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 15 Apr 2019
Digital disruption is transforming the way industries operate. But for a successful legacy business with an established infrastructure and corresponding capabilities, introducing change can be a challenge. You begin with the end in mind – and that’s the vision. By that, I d...
Best practice|Change management|Change requests|MSP|Requirements|Strategy execution|Vision
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 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 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 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 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 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 12 Sep 2016
Would you lie on your CV to secure your dream job? Well, you might not. But before you dismiss the idea that this practice goes on, the latest facts tell a different story about job applicants and, even more alarmingly, about employers: Data gathered by the UK’s Office f...
Published 05 Feb 2019
When asked what his songs were about, Bob Dylan once responded, “Oh, some are about four minutes; some are about five, and some, believe it or not, are about eleven or twelve”. When people ask me what I do, and what a project manager does , I’m often tempted to give a simil...
Best practice|Customer engagement|ITIL|MSP|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|RESILIA|Stakeholder engagement
Published 10 Jul 2019
The content of best practice methods and frameworks such as ITIL ® , PRINCE2 ® and MSP ® enables people to speak a common language of IT service management, projects and programmes. However, the terminology needs to be chosen carefully to account for tone and...
Best practice|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|ITIL 4|Processes
Published 25 Apr 2016
Dr Guy Brown is an academic in business, management and leadership with a background in designing and developing contemporary and vocational learning for companies and work-based learners. He leads Northumbria University London campus and works with organizations and profes...
CPD|Learning|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Skills
Published 27 May 2016
One of the vital components of a successful Project and Programme Manager is leadership . Leadership capabilities are a key element of the behavioural competence among such professionals and, indeed, a Project or Programme Manager is someone people should choose to follow....
Behaviour|Capabilities|Leadership|Management|MSP|PRINCE2|Project and Programme Management (PPM)
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 26 Oct 2017
A career in project management is more popular than ever before, but what does it take to get your foot in the door? Lindsay Scott, director at Arras People, provides some direction. There has been a dramatic shift in the way people enter project management over the ...
Career planning|Certification|ITIL|MSP|PRINCE2|Project management|Qualifications|Skills|Training
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 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 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 20 Dec 2018
Or should it rather be “to learn or not to learn?” Some might counter with “But I’ve already learned enough” and list their qualifications. Fair point, but the reality is that lifelong learning has become an essential part for today’s professionals. According to Eurostat, ...
Capabilities|Career planning|Career progression|CPD|Qualifications|Skills
Published 15 May 2019
This week, we celebrate the annual Learning at Work Week , a national event that celebrates professional development and lifelong learning in the workplace. All over the UK, organisations are running activities and workshops to empower professionals with new skills and know...
Published 16 Aug 2019
Despite being an experienced project manager, I keep the PRINCE2 ® Practitioner book on my desk and refer to it often, especially when starting a project. I think that’s the important point: If you want to be a project management professional you need the PRINCE2 Practit...
Best practice|Certification|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project management|Training
Published 22 Jun 2018
Recruitment in the project management market in mid-2018 finds itself in between times: the recessionary economy of post-2008 and an emerging state of recovery. The relatively high availability of people during recessionary periods means employers don’t have to try too har...
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 04 Feb 2016
The transition from project to programme management means being able to adapt and to draw upon a set of different skills as programme management is more than just being able to manage multiple projects. Where a Project Manager can deliver against a set of pre-defined goals a...
Best Practice|MSP|PRINCE2|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Requirements|Skills
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 31 Jan 2018
Project managers don’t do enough to advance their careers, even in the current climate where change is constant. And in a year when almost a third of PPM practitioners predict * no increase in their salaries, improving job and earnings prospects needs to be high on the lis...
Career progression|Certification|Professional development|Project management|Project planning|Skills
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 26 Jul 2019
Organizations are going through rapid change, often driven by digital technology and changes in local and national priorities. Therefore, it’s important to have a central repository – the PMO – where organizations have an oversight of all change initiatives and are able to...
Change management|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office|Strategic objectives
Published 04 Mar 2016
Typically, the scope and duration of programmes is significantly greater than that of a single project. Consequently – and in contrast to projects – they demand greater leadership and stakeholder management skills from programme delivery professionals in order to achieve pr...
Communication|Leadership|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Skills|Stakeholder management
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 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 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 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 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 26 Oct 2015
There’s a need for using a blend of best practice methodologies, but also a risk. The risk is that the elements of the final system might not be consistent with each other. It happens when people pick elements from multiple systems just because they seem interesting without p...
Agile|Best Practice|Portfolio management|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 19 Feb 2016
A best practice qualification might be treated like a shiny, new toy. However, it will lose its sparkle unless there’s more to it than just gaining the certificate. Not that it’s wrong to want qualifications: for example, your employer might have a set methodology that mean...
Career planning|Certification|CPD|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Qualifications|Skills|Training
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 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 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 06 Feb 2019
The latest AXELOS PPM benchmarking survey is now live and we are asking our PPM community to share their views and insights on project and programme management, looking at the market now and in the future. AXELOS PPM Ambassador, Allan Thomson, shares his thoughts...
Career progression|Certification|MSP|PRINCE2|Professional development|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
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 09 Jan 2017
A new year often brings transition and new beginnings. And, in that spirit, we are bringing you a new PRINCE2 ® . Though the existing PRINCE2 is fundamentally sound – and has become the world’s most practised project management method – we have reached a tipping point a...
Best Practice|PRINCE2|Project management|Training
Published 14 Feb 2017
Oh, it’s THAT time again! Perhaps the contract you’ve been working on is coming to an end or you’ve been stuck in a role for a few years now and it's definitely time to move on. But who would have thought that just ‘updating your CV’ could be so arduous? “Did I really fi...
Capabilities|Career progression|Certification|CPD|Digital badges|Skills
Published 07 Jul 2017
Passing the ITIL ® Practitioner certification is a significant achievement. It shows you can take the ITIL framework and adapt it to real-life situations. The following tips will improve your chance of passing your exam. Studying for the ITIL Practitioner exam and getting...
Certification|Critical success factors|Examinations|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Qualifications
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 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