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 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 05 Jun 2017
Mike Babb, who is responsible for recruitment into Capita’s 4,500-strong professional services division, gives his verdict on the PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update: Since qualifying in PRINCE2 six years ago I’ve witnessed at first hand the importance of tailoring the project mana...
Career planning|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project 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 20 Sep 2017
As a PRINCE2 ® consultant, trainer and practitioner, what do I think of the PRINCE2 2017 Update ? Not wishing to be contrary but it’s great that PRINCE2 has a changed a lot, while remaining the same. What I mean is that the good things about PRINCE2 are still there wh...
Best Practice|Governance|PRINCE2|Project management|Requirements|Small projects
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
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 02 Aug 2018
When PRINCE2 Agile ® first arrived on the market in 2015, it explicitly addressed a deep-rooted misunderstanding . It challenged the assumption that PRINCE2 ® should be used to facilitate project delivery solely through a Waterfall process. But this focus on the Waterfall ...
Agile|Best practice|Certification|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Qualifications
Published 13 Feb 2017
The PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update arrives as organizations around the world are on a maturity curve towards achieving consistency, greater efficiencies and cost savings. This has led to a growth in organizations developing their own approaches to delivering projects based on sta...
Best Practice|Certification|Governance|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 08 May 2017
PRINCE2 ® can, and should, be “tailored”. That means being flexible in your use of PRINCE2 when delivering projects rather than applying the method rigidly. Unfortunately, this is something many people have struggled to grasp about PRINCE2 and, as a result, shy away from us...
Best Practice|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Requirements|Skills
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 06 Dec 2018
Emma Arnaz-Pemberton, director of consulting services at Wellingtone Project Management put herself and her team through the new PRINCE2 Agile ® Foundation course with the support of Logical Model. What’s your principal role? I run a team of consultants and focus...
Agile|Certification|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 06 Oct 2017
The 2017 update to PRINCE2 ® has brought the best practice guidance up-to-date with new ways of working and thinking. Remaining current is, I believe, critical for something that has grown and become the industry standard through its flexibility and suitability to any pr...
Agile|Best Practice|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Processes|Project Management
Published 08 Sep 2017
Hannah Mason, project manager at Octopus Group, recently studied and certified in the latest versions of PRINCE2 ® Foundation and Practitioner. Here, she talks about the newly-updated certifications and how PRINCE2 helps her day-to-day work. Certifying in PRINCE2 has...
Published 18 Apr 2017
What happens when you introduce the new PRINCE2 ® 2017 update to experts responsible for training and developing PRINCE2-certified project managers? It’s never easy to predict how people will respond when best practice guidance undergoes a change. So, we were keen to hear...
Published 23 Jun 2017
What if you were waking up every day to PRINCE2 ® training as if it were a morning workout, getting you into top project management shape? Well, that’s how some describe the experience of a PRINCE2 daily email course. It started almost two years ago when Management...
Published 26 Oct 2018
In this first blog post of a series, Julia Gosse, trainer at SPOCE Project Management , considers organizations and their staff that have already adopted PRINCE2 ® : What challenges do PRINCE2 practitioners and their employers face with the concept of agile project deliv...
Agile|Capabilities|Knowledge management|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Requirements
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 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 09 Nov 2018
Clare Gibbs delivered projects for 10 years before certifying in PRINCE2 ® . In this latest blog post in our short series about people newly-certified via training with Logical Model , she discusses the value of combining PRINCE2 and agile knowledge by certifying recently i...
Agile|Best practice|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
Published 24 Jun 2015
PRINCE2 Practitioner training and how it has evolved It’s been a while since I first discovered PRINCE2 Agile™ I was part of a delivery team that I had just joined in a technical/development role and we were implementing a new DBMS (database management system) and data ware...
Agile|Best Practice|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Qualifications|Training
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 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 19 Oct 2018
Following the launch of PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certification earlier this year, we caught up with members of the alumni for their feedback. Here, Shane Keown of Valtech UK – who took the course through Logical Model – explains what he learned from the experience. Wha...
Certification|Methodologies|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Qualifications
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 13 Jan 2016
In the UK, the two popular project management methods, APMP and PRINCE2 ® , have divided opinions in the project management arena for years. Some project management practitioners will view one as being superior to the other and some employers similarly will have a prefere...
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 19 Dec 2018
In the fourth instalment of our blog series looking at why PRINCE2 Agile ® offers a suitable best practice guidance and certification option for people working in project management Julia Gosse, trainer at SPOCE Project Management , considers those working in large projec...
Agile|Business solutions|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Project management office
Published 12 May 2017
PRINCE2 ® 2017 Update co-author, Robert Buttrick, looks at how the latest update of PRINCE2 helps organizations to design their own corporate project management and change approaches. While PRINCE2 can be used to run a single project, it can also be tailored by or...
Behaviour|Best practice|PRINCE2|Processes|Project management|Training
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 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 24 Apr 2017
Having had the opportunity to review the new PRINCE2 ® 2017 (draft) manual, and as someone who sat the first PRINCE2 2017 (trainer only) examinations – what are my impressions? Firstly, it’s still the PRINCE2 we know and love... but better! Let’s start with a little bit...
Best practice|Examinations|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project management|Training
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 18 May 2016
In this, the first of a series of blogs on the use of PRINCE2 outside of traditional project management roles, we speak to Dan Verghese, Head of Digital at AXELOS, on how the guidance helps in the management of digital projects. How have you used PRINCE2 during your caree...
Published 15 Jun 2016
Rameez Chikhalia, Commercial Analyst at AXELOS describes how PRINCE2 can help finance teams improve communication and collaborative working. What’s your role within the Finance team? I work in the Finance team at AXELOS, providing support in two key areas. Initially, my...
Published 03 Jan 2020
Knowing your learning style I remember taking a learning test on the first day of graduate studies in university - what type of learner are you? Surprisingly, I turned out to be a kinesthetic type when I have always thought of myself as a visual learner. I learn by experien...
Agile|Certification|Frameworks|Learning|Learning from experience|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Training
Published 07 Aug 2018
Ulf Livoff, project manager and PRINCE2 ® trainer, has always had an interest in simulations and mathematical modelling. Having founded Inference Labs to develop learning simulators, he is now applying this interest to creating online PRINCE2 project environments which hel...
Behaviour|Capabilities|End-User Experience|Learning|Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning
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 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 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 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 29 Jul 2019
According to the recently published AXELOS PPM Benchmarking Report 2019 , project managers are facing multiple challenges in their day-to-day roles. PRINCE2 ® is becoming more important than ever when we examine some of these key challenges and how PRINCE2 can help. ...
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 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 10 Dec 2018
In the third instalment of our blog series looking at why PRINCE2 Agile ® offers a suitable best practice guidance and certification option for people working in project management, Julia Gosse, trainer at SPOCE Project Management , considers project managers who hold no ...
Agile|Certification|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Training
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 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 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 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 09 Jul 2015
PRINCE2 is often taken as synonymous with the term “waterfall”. That’s a mistake with a number of implications. The truth is you can use it in a waterfall way but it’s not intrinsically waterfall; the main idea is to deliver profit and products for your business. Yet prac...
Agile|Collaboration|Frameworks|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
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 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 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 22 Jun 2020
Amey Manjrekar was, until recently, in information technology at India’s Great Eastern Shipping Company – which provides tanker vessels for the energy industry. When writing this blog post, he had recently certified in PRINCE2 Agile® and described how the changing demands f...
Published 12 Mar 2020
Here are our top tips to assist you on your ITIL ® or PRINCE2 ® journey: Start with an official training course and exam. We recommend aspiring project and service managers begin their journey with an official course from an accredited training provider. The accompanyi...
Published 24 Jan 2019
After joining AXELOS as Social Media Lead, I got the opportunity to attend a PRINCE2 ® Foundation and Practitioner training course. There were 18 of us, almost all from a project management background. I wasn’t too sure what to expect at first, I was worried that my l...
Certification|Examinations|PRINCE2|Professional development|Project management|Training
Published 29 May 2020
My favourite element of PRINCE2 ® is its comprehensive, fluid and tailorable set of controls – adaptable to how much control people need to manage a project. Therefore, rather than being a “sledgehammer” to “crack a nut”, PRINCE2 is rather a light and agile “rapier” to prov...
Best practice|Management|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles
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 01 May 2020
Sifting through an influx of unsolicited manuscripts… Negotiating rights deals at the London Book Fair … Juggling overlapping deadlines… A multitude of authors raising royalty and advance queries… Book publishing is a busy, blossoming industry. Publishing has undergone...
Agile|Best practice|Communication|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office|Stakeholder engagement
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 15 Nov 2017
When considering your ability to deliver projects, programmes and manage portfolios, you should always consider things from an organizational perspective first. Sounds obvious, right? Though this thinking is not new, it has been gaining a lot more traction in recent yea...
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 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 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 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 24 Apr 2020
How does it work certifying in best practices such as PRINCE2 ® and PRINCE2 Agile ® via virtual classrooms and distance learning? Right now, when most people are working and studying in a context of social distancing , it’s the only viable option. I’ve been delivering co...
Career planning|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Professional development|Skills|Training
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 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 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 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 29 Jun 2018
There have been many surprises at this year’s World Cup. Germany lost their first opener since 1982 – not a good start for the defending world champion. Argentina failed to beat the underdog Iceland and Japan triumphed over Colombia. As we have now reached the end of the gr...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Project Progress|Roles|Strategy execution|Value
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 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 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 14 Feb 2020
How to be successful at dating using the seven principles We are approaching the – at least officially – most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day. A day perfect for dating. But what has this to do with project management ? Well, PRINCE2 ® is designed to suit any proj...
Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Requirements|Roles
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 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 30 Nov 2015
A recurring challenge in large organizations is the lack of trust among practitioners, teams and people that are using different methodologies. Many “agilists” use language that non-agile trained people don’t understand which can lead to distrust within a business and in te...
Agile|Communication|Methodologies|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project Management
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 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 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 03 Sep 2015
Continuing her series on the Most Common Questions from PRINCE2 2009 Foundation Training , Lead Trainer Michelle Rowland addresses some of the most frequently asked questions from Chapters 7 through to 10 of the PRINCE2 2009 textbook . Chapter 7 Why do we have t...
Best Practice|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project Management|Project sponsorship|Qualifications|Training
Published 20 Jun 2016
What do individual people know about using agile delivery methods for projects that organizations don’t? According to AXELOS’ 2016 PRINCE2 ® Report , individuals are embracing agile methods more than organizations: 81% in a sample of 2,400 see the value of working in an ag...
Agile|Collaboration|Governance|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project 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 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 02 Aug 2019
Why is now the time for organizations and their teams to move to Agile approaches in project management? At this moment, as the world is experiencing so much uncertainty, complexity and way more unknowns than knowns, the best way to deal with it is through an agile mind-s...
Agile|Business solutions|Capabilities|Learning|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project 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 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 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 15 Jan 2016
Finishing a project on time can seem like something of a rarity in the world of project management so it seems fair to question if finishing on time is even important at all? But the thing is, finishing when we said we would is very important because the pace of change in in...
Governance|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project planning
Published 02 Apr 2019
“ Elas Projetam ” literally translates as “they (women) make projects” and perfectly encapsulates the focus of this recently-formed, voluntary organization in Brazil. Here, Vanessa Guimarães explains how the initiative aims to connect women working in project management and...
Career progression|Certification|Empowerment|PRINCE2|Project management|Qualifications|Training
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 29 Nov 2019
What is the role of the project board and how can members direct successful outcomes? In predicting that man would land on the moon by the end of the decade, US President John F Kennedy became the ultimate project sponsor . According to an often-quoted story, when JFK ...
PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project planning|Project sponsorship|Roles|Senior team
Published 06 Jun 2018
PRINCE2 Agile ® arguably offers the best of both worlds, so why aren’t more Agile practitioners embracing this collaborative approach? In the past five years or so, I’ve seen a growing recognition within the Agile community that controls, governance and oversight are...
Adopt and Adapt|Collaboration|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Programme management
Published 31 May 2016
At first glance you might not think AXELOS’ latest best practice certifications – PRINCE2 Agile ® , RESILIA ™ and ITIL ® Practitioner – have very much in common. However, there is a shared thread running through each that can have a real impact on organizational...
Published 04 Dec 2019
How does the legalistic, adversarial and prescriptive nature of the business contract stand a chance of working in the “change-friendly” world of agile projects? While typical contracts specify a solution or output, plus a deadline and price, agile methods work on the prem...
Agile|Collaboration|Customer engagement|Customer needs|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements
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 29 Jun 2020
Those of us at TSO who work as close partners to AXELOS are extremely committed to understanding how the content and products we publish are used by our customers. One of the ways we do this is to take training courses and exams using the same materials they have access to...
Best practice|Career progression|Learning|PRINCE2 Agile|Professional development
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 10 Sep 2015
In the final post in her series on the Most Common Questions from PRINCE2 2009 Foundation Training , Lead Trainer Michelle Rowland addresses some of the most frequently asked questions from Chapters 11 through to 18 of the PRINCE2 2009 textbook . Chapters 11 and 12 ...
Best Practice|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project Management|Project sponsorship|Qualifications|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
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 21 May 2019
What if Game of Thrones had a project manager? (spoiler alert) So, that’s it. It’s all over. We now know who rules in King’s Landing. It was a long, long journey for Bran the Broken to finally rule over the six (surprise, it’s not seven) kingdoms. And now we are all a ...
Leadership|Learning from experience|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Roles
Published 22 Nov 2017
Those familiar with Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® will know that the value of the universal, process-based project management method is that it can be applied to any project regardless of type, organization, geography or culture. It can be used for any project...
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 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 12 Jul 2018
Do you all have 15 July 2018 marked in your diary? If not then it’s high time because that is the day of the football final. We now know that France will play Croatia in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday and Adam our #PRINCE2PUNDIT is already planning his big football p...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Requirements|Resource management|Roles|Small projects
Published 22 Mar 2019
IT service management – at the turn of the century and before ITIL® v2 – was as difficult to manage as landing on the moon and finding a state of anarchy. But – in my career post-ITIL v2 – I discovered a common language, a glossary, definitions of service level agreements ...
Best practice|Certification|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|PRINCE2|Training
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 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 31 Jan 2020
Servant Leadership sounds like a contradiction in terms but it is a highly important approach that project managers should consider and adopt. It is important to note from the outset that PRINCE2 ® does not have a preferred style of leadership. Because of this it can suppo...
Collaboration|Communication|Leadership|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Requirements
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 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 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 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 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 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 10 Oct 2019
Six months after the launch of the “100 women in 100 days” challenge, Vanessa Guimarães — founder of the self-funded company behind this unique initiative — explains why its success underlines the need to change the conversation around women and profession...
Career progression|Certification|PRINCE2|Professional development|Project management|Training
Published 24 Feb 2017
We’re living in an environment where most organizations will need agile practices – methods, projects and DevOps – in order to respond to the market. Equally, most organizations still have to run some projects with a more traditional and methodical approach; that means oper...
Agile|Best Practice|Frameworks|M_o_R|PRINCE2|Project management
Published 05 Apr 2017
Can you be both agile and strategic in project management? Based on our recent research, The Future Project Manager , AXELOS invited consultant trainers Duncan Wade and David Hinde to explore the debate in this first part of a two-part blog post series: Project managers...
Agile|Collaboration|Communication|PRINCE2|Project management|Strategy execution
Published 10 Sep 2019
Many professionals are given the responsibility for running projects without even realizing it. Although this can happen for any number of reasons, in my experience, there are generally two routes into this “unofficial” project manager role . Does this sound familiar? The ...
Certification|Communication|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Training
Published 17 Apr 2020
Looking at Agile methods today, I see things that have evolved rapidly over the past ten years but lost much of the original purpose along the way. In fact, many of the recent changes have done little to address longstanding stakeholder concern that Agile doesn’t provide t...
Agile|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
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 30 Jul 2015
It’s fashionable to convey confidence in a standpoint or outcome by incorporating the phrase “100 percent”. If I gave such an absolute level of assurance when managing a project, I suspect my customers would soon become disillusioned with me as I have never delivered 100% o...
Agile|Communication|Critical success factors|Customer engagement|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management
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 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 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 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 06 May 2020
In January 2020 the timing for my PRINCE2 ® qualification collided with my recovery from dental surgery, and I decided to take advantage of my training provider’s online Foundation and Practitioner course. I had previously sat ITIL ® 4 Foundation and the previous ITIL v3 F...
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 29 Aug 2017
Jane Nichols, COO of CITI, explores the concept of "learn faster, learn smarter" for people either studying best practices such as PRINCE2 ® to obtain a certification or qualified people continuing their professional development journey. People studying best practi...
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 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 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 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 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 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 08 Jan 2020
“What can we do about Agile?” PMOs (project, programme and portfolio management offices) are still asking that question, even though this conversation has been going on for years. There remains a real sense of misgiving and it’s largely due to the perception that Agile mean...
Agile|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office|Project Progress
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 30 Apr 2015
The world is changing faster than ever and so organizations are experiencing more changes more often, with every change having an impact on something. To effectively implement all but the simplest of changes, managers need to be able to understand and manage projects, no mat...
Agile|Communication|Learning|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project Management|Project Progress|Skills|Small Projects
Published 27 Sep 2018
What is a key difference between a traditional and an agile project manager ? You can recognize the latter today as someone more focused on facilitating and supporting a team. For example, a traditional project manager would expect to present an estimated project bu...
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 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 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 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 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 03 Sep 2019
It is hopefully not a shock to suggest that over the last couple of decades there has been a general trend across most industries for roles to move from the specialist to the more generalist. This is not to say that specialists in whatever field do not exist, they simply are ...
Career progression|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Resource management|Roles|Stakeholder management
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 25 Apr 2019
Organizations are dealing with change at a massively accelerated pace. Few can escape this disruptive influence but many need to re-think how to operate in this new dynamic – something Agile leaders are ideally equipped to manage. Traditionally, change has been initiated fro...
Published 30 May 2019
What a beautiful city Riga is! Described as the ‘Paris of the North’, it struck me as quiet, incredibly clean and with the widest pavements (boulevards?) I’ve ever seen. Everyone also seemed to be tall, but it wasn’t my imagination – a factsheet in the hotel informed me that ...
Certification|Learning|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Project management|Roles
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Dec 2016
What is the difference between leadership, management, and governance? Peter Drucker said that “leadership does the right thing while management does things right”. But why is it important to distinguish between them? Issues arise when people confuse the roles, and while...
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 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 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 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 08 Mar 2017
The use of agile delivery to deliver large scale digital programmes is now is at previously unknown levels of maturity. In fact, it has got to the point where I can’t think of a serious web development team not using some kind of agile method. Equally, it’s difficult to imag...
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 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 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 16 Dec 2016
It’s a pivotal and exciting moment for the service desk. For those still struggling with their traditional IT service desks that might sound like an odd statement, but significant change is coming. Historically, the service desk’s primary role has been a help desk for when ...
Best practice|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Processes|Service desk|Skills
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 09 Nov 2017
Project management is all about risk management. Risk management is the key that helps you predict the future and have things ready in your “back pocket” to “fight fires”. However, you can extinguish only one “fire” at a time so risk management helps you spot the pos...
Agile|Best Practice|Communication|PRINCE2|Project management|Resource management|Risk management
Published 15 Dec 2017
The need for speed has reached boiling point in IT service management (ITSM). Organizations’ ability to react to this in 2018 – especially in ITSM – will be the difference between surviving and thriving or withering and being outsourced. Those that have already adopted b...
Change management|Incident management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|Service management
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 01 Nov 2017
How can change management – across portfolios, programmes and projects – really be embedded in organizations? There is – today – a major shift in how organizations view the proposals they receive for achieving effective change. Now, they are turning their attention more to...
Behaviour|Change management|Learning|PRINCE2|Project and programme management (PPM)|Senior management commitment
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 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 04 Apr 2016
The focus of the Project Manager today is more about delivering the right things: we’re now expected to be more involved with senior-level decisions and prove we’re delivering value. In 10 years’ blogging about the project management industry on GirlsGuideToPM.com I’ve ...
Change management|CPD|PRINCE2|Project management|Skills
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 26 Jun 2017
Project manager, Ana Bertacchini, examines the importance of emotional intelligence for project managers and how best practice methods such as PRINCE2 ® can help. Emotional intelligence is about managing and understanding emotions – both your own and others’. Unlike t...
Published 29 Jan 2019
If you’re considering a career in project management , the first step is to think about whether your goals, skills and natural aptitude fully align with what is required. I started my project career when I was supporting a small project and realized I wanted to have a bigg...
Agile|Career planning|Certification|PRINCE2|Project management|Skills
Published 29 Mar 2019
How does an engineer transform into a project manager with an eye on what a business wants? Or drive a project to solve a major environmental issue? I wouldn’t be where I am today without my background in electrical engineering, but it was the business management side of my ...
Behaviour|Certification|Governance|PRINCE2|Professional development|Project management|Qualifications|Requirements
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 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 24 Mar 2017
Why is it important to plan a project and why are project plans not taken seriously enough? Planning is an integral part of our everyday lives and is perceived as a natural process, such as deciding what to do at the weekend. So why do some people still see it as a tick box...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Requirements|Stakeholder management|Task management
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 11 Aug 2017
Projects and project management are about delivering change that your organization values. Doing that needs task orientation: you focus on what needs to be done, by when and to what quality – the founding pillars of project management . That same task orientation can le...
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 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 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 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 23 Dec 2019
As the world has kept moving, we’ve been exploring more about managing customer journeys, value streams and leveraging cultural models to improve the velocity of IT . So, as things have evolved ITIL ® needed to change to reflect that; consequently, ITIL 4 is very much a tr...
Agile|Customer needs|DevOps|Frameworks|IT transformation|ITIL 4|Stakeholder engagement|Value
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 03 Jun 2020
Working on your career development and progression is a good use of time while on furlough or with hours to spare during the present pandemic. Whether you’re an existing project manager or someone who wants to further their business skills and employability, investing in yo...
Agile|Career planning|Career progression|Empowerment|Governance|Leadership|Learning|PRINCE2|Project management|Skills|Training
Published 10 Feb 2015
Understanding the difference When looking at outputs and outcomes it is important that IT service management (ITSM) professionals understand the difference; all too often we focus only on our outputs and the processes rather than thinking about the outcome and what we are ac...
Best Practice|Information Management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|Project management|Service 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 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 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 06 Mar 2020
Happy International Women’s Day ! This year, we are celebrating some of the exceptional women we work with at AXELOS. These women are experts in their fields and respected leaders in their thought-communities. We ask a lot, but they always come out on top and deliver amazi...
Best practice|Certification|Collaboration|Communication|Empowerment|Frameworks|Identity|IT service management (ITSM)|Methodologies|Project and programme management (PPM)|Vision
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 24 Jan 2017
During December 2016, AXELOS Community asked you what best practice would look like in the year 2030, and you answered. We now proudly present the winners and highlights of the week. If your name is listed in the infographic below, we’ll be in touch shortly with information o...
Best Practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Project and programme management (PPM)
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 27 Jan 2016
The Project Sponsor is accountable for the project; or, put another way, the Project Sponsor is the “owner” of the project and the business case that supports it. A sponsor needs to be actively involved and committed to the project in order for it to be successful and shoul...
Capabilities|Leadership|PRINCE2|Project management|Project sponsorship|Roles|Skills
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 08 Feb 2016
How do you prepare your organization for an agile project? Naturally, this depends on the project; but if it’s a major technology project with a digital outcome , then using agile methods will probably be a significant shift for your organization. Where your organizationa...
Agile|PRINCE2 Agile|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Requirements|Stakeholder engagement
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 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 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 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 13 Mar 2017
It’s a natural response for many IT organizations to think about how implementing tools can be the solution to IT problems. But it’s a big problem, as there’s no magic pixie dust sprinkled over a tool and it can affect people negatively as much as positively. This issue ...
Adopt and adapt|Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Requirements
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 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 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 02 Nov 2018
While my first exposure to ITIL ® came almost 30 years ago – working in tech support for the American part of Glaxo – helping organizations adopt and adapt ITIL has been a cornerstone of my consultancy practice for 15 years. In that time, I’ve seen ITIL help organizati...
Best practice|Frameworks|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service management|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 05 Oct 2016
Cyber security, today, is often very technology-based with a focus on technical issues such as firewalls and virus scanning software. While technology is an important part of the cyber defence, it is important not to neglect strategy in identifying what controls an organi...
Cyber resilience|Examinations|RESILIA|Risk management|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 25 Jan 2017
What does the future hold for IT service management (ITSM) and project management professionals? Since we launched AXELOS Membership it’s something that we’ve been wanting to explore, especially from a skills perspective, which is why we embarked on this project. The r...
Best Practice|Capabilities|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Project management|Skills
Published 17 Jul 2017
ITIL Practitioner is best practice guidance I use both in implementation as a consultant and in training people working in IT service management. Before the arrival of ITIL ® Practitioner there was, in my opinion, a large gap between ITIL Foundation and ITIL Expert ....
Business solutions|Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Value
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 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 22 Aug 2018
When project management relationships break down, most of the time the underlying reason lies in misaligned organizational strategic priorities, which result in misaligned project objectives. This prevents the delivery of value to the organization, stakeholders and ultimately...
Problem management|Project management|Project planning
Published 15 Oct 2018
Organizations and professionals are facing an ever-changing world in which consumers are forcing faster responses to their demands. At the same time, there are internal tensions between the delivery team seeking to fulfil this demand versus the corporate teams they interact w...
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 25 Sep 2019
Why should learning and training in portfolio, programme and project management (PPM) lead to certification? People take training courses, but if they are not tested and certified at the end they can’t demonstrate understanding of the finer detail that gives them a more ac...
Best practice|Certification|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Skills
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 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 01 Oct 2019
Humans have been communicating with each other since the dawn of time. Communication has evolved over thousands of years to not only include speech but writing, still and moving images and much more. Today we have more channels available to us than ever before to instantly ...
Behaviour|Communication|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Project Progress
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 20 Aug 2018
Organizations are not generally well-prepared for IT service transition. Either they outsource it because they’re not good at it, or they muddle through it. Recently, I’ve witnessed some transitions which have inspired me to revisit this topic. Typically, service transi...
Business Relationship Management|Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|PRINCE2|Project planning|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 11 Nov 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 knowle...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Project management|Skills|Training
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 20 Apr 2016
Abid Ismail was named the new CEO of AXELOS in December 2015, having been Chief Financial Officer since the company was formed in 2013. In a series of blog posts by Abid that will focus on the different stages of learning, development of knowledge and learning validati...
Published 19 Sep 2016
Many people associate ITIL’s core books with managing incidents and problems. This focus on break/fix scenarios is probably historical, but the misconception is still very much alive. Having been an ITIL trainer for more than 15 years and practising even longer, the o...
Incident management|Infrastructure|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes
Published 12 Oct 2016
Studying the risk management dimension of the RESILIA Foundation course will enable people to better understand what is a threat, a vulnerability and an asset in the context of cyber resilience and how they combine to create a risk to the business. One way to understand the...
Cyber resilience|Examinations|RESILIA|Risk management|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 17 Oct 2016
What is currently a typical starting point when organizations are thinking about protection against cyber threat and how often is that the right place to start? Organizations can start from one of three places when thinking about protection against cyber threat: Strategic...
Published 20 Apr 2017
Obtaining an IT Service Management (ITSM) certification such as ITIL ® Foundation always requires an investment of time and money and begs the question: is it worth it? ITIL Foundation gives you the opportunity to put theory into practice immediately. This is important a...
Published 26 Feb 2018
2017 was the year of the “lean IT” revolution, trying to bring frameworks together and figuring out how they can all play in the same sandpit. That means understanding how to get cohesion between the likes of ITIL ® , Agile, Six Sigma and COBIT in a way that adds value ...
Best Practice|Customer experience|Frameworks|IT services|ITIL|Problem management|Skills
Published 14 Feb 2019
The ITIL ® update in a world of digital and service transformation Today, what are the main challenges facing organizations around IT generally and ITSM in particular? This is very dependent on the individual organization: on one hand, many are passing through digiti...
Best practice|Customer needs|IT services|ITIL|Service 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 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 09 Jul 2019
We have recently published the third instalment of our Global PPM Benchmarking series and it makes for compelling reading. The report has been designed to offer market insight into the status of project and programme management highlighting the growing trends and key issues...
Agile|Communication|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Stakeholder management
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 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 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 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 26 May 2020
With the current global situation, many organizations are – for the first time – facing the challenge of managing a global team working from home. Under normal circumstances, and with the right infrastructure, the concept of virtual working is already part of many peoples’ d...
Leadership|Learning|Management|PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Risk management|Small projects
Published 29 Oct 2014
The traits of the perfect project manager (PM) from my experience should include the following. The list is not exhaustive so I welcome any additions or challenges to those listed below. As a project manager you need to have the goal of striving for perfection. This will kee...
Best Practice|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Project Management|Stakeholder Management
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 14 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 professional sk...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Project management|Skills|Training
Published 26 Nov 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 kno...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Project management|Skills|Training
Published 23 Nov 2016
I started life in IT as a technical support assistant about eight years ago and I have worked in a number of different organizations. In that time, I’ve often been the only woman in the IT department. There are few IT women in Kenya due to a mix of cultural and practical rea...
Capabilities|Certification|IT services|ITIL|Requirements|Service desk|Skills
Published 11 Jul 2018
Part of the new My AXELOS subscription service for best practice professionals is a focus on “community”. The AXELOS online community is a place where you can learn and interact with other people involved in IT service management, project management and cyber resilience. ...
Career planning|Career progression|Communication|Cyber Resilience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|Project management
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 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 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 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 Dec 2015
Projects fail for a number of reasons: while it’s dependent on the industries you are working in, there are some reasons that are more prolific than others. For example: Unclear scope and success criteria Lack of buy-in and engagement Lack of change management skills U...
Best Practice|Change management|Customer needs|Project management|Project planning|Skills
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 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 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 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 29 Sep 2015
Gregor McPherson, who has worked with AXELOS and contributed to our new Professional Development Programme, is a consultant specialist in business solution design and architecture. He draws on 15 years of insight from senior roles in a wide a range of industries and discipli...
Best practice|Capabilities|CPD|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Methodologies|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Qualifications|Skills
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 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