Published 21 Jan 2019
Originally developed by Toyota in Japan, Kanban is a system for scheduling production using a physical board to show work in progress; essentially, it’s a process improvement method. Within IT departments it’s used to visualize workload by having notes on a board showing...
Change management|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|Processes|Project management|Resource management|Value
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 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 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 18 Jul 2019
The term “ hybrid project management ” is generally assumed to refer to Agile and more traditional approaches when managing projects. People need to have the capability to manage both Agile and non-Agile initiatives. Yet, although we know “hybrid” exists, how capable is t...
Agile|Capabilities|Communication|Knowledge management|Project management|Reporting|Stakeholder engagement
Published 14 Jan 2019
Come again? How to enjoy your project board? What do you mean enjoy? It’s not uncommon for project managers to have a degree of trepidation about project boards. The board, after all, is a holding-to-account session, where the project manager presents progress – or, someti...
Communication|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder 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 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 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 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 28 Apr 2017
Agile is such a hot topic at the moment with clear recognition that agile approaches are increasingly important to fast-paced, organizational change. It’s definitely up there as important to the future of the project management profession and the people in it. Project...
Agile|Project management|Requirements|Stakeholder management|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 17 May 2017
Rarely does an organization design its project management method from scratch. Instead it needs to be aware of the standards, best practice methods and bodies of knowledge related to project management (e.g. BS 6079 , PRINCE2 ® , PMI’s PMBOK ® and APM’s Body of Knowle...
Best practice|Governance|Methodologies|PRINCE2|Project and programme delivery|Project management
Published 10 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 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 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 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 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 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 25 Oct 2019
Project management is like a board game and PRINCE2 ® is the playbook. If you follow it, the project is successfully delivered and you “win the game.” If not, things are much more likely to go wrong. Guidance is there for a reason I believe the reason projects fail is la...
Benefits realization|Governance|Knowledge management|PRINCE2|Project management|Project sponsorship|Roles
Published 05 Jul 2017
How do you start a project using the PRINCE2 ® project management method? Mark Sutton, change manager and trainer, considers the steps: Starting up a project – according to PRINCE2 – is triggered by a mandate : a reason to do something or, in other words, a busin...
PRINCE2|Project management|Project planning|Requirements|Roles|Skills
Published 14 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 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 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 14 Nov 2019
Why do IT professionals certify in ITIL ® and PRINCE2 ® ? In the space of eight months, Service Process Controller (within Change Management tower) at Fujitsu, Balaji, achieved three certifications: PRINCE2, ITIL 4 Foundation and PRINCE2 Agile ® . We asked him why: While ...
Agile|Career progression|Certification|ITIL 4|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile
Published 23 Jan 2020
Congratulations — you’ve been on a project or programme management (PPM) course , enjoyed the experience and passed the exam. All very positive. But now you are back at your desk you may be struggling with one nagging question — why am I finding it so hard to put those lea...
Learning|Learning from experience|MSP|PRINCE2|Processes|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Roles|Training
Published 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 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 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 31 Jan 2018
Project managers don’t do enough to advance their careers, even in the current climate where change is constant. And in a year when almost a third of PPM practitioners predict * no increase in their salaries, improving job and earnings prospects needs to be high on the lis...
Career progression|Certification|Professional development|Project management|Project planning|Skills
Published 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 20 Nov 2017
How can you use ITIL ® to address real business problems and add value while bringing along people who might be resistant to change? Progressing iteratively means that changes (in effect, smaller changes) are easier for people to stomach and you’ll get a better level o...
Agile|Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Incident management|ITIL|Processes
Published 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 26 Feb 2019
Stakeholder engagement is absolutely vital whether you are operating in a portfolio, programme or project activity. It is the means by which you gain support for your change initiatives allowing them to progress through the organization. Stakeholders generally do not appre...
Communication|MSP|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project management|Stakeholder engagement
Published 07 Jun 2018
In Agile, Minimum Viable Bureaucracy (MVB) refers to a way of having just enough process to make things work, but not so much as to make it cumbersome particularly when applied to portfolio, programme and project direction, management and delivery practices. It’s about findin...
Agile|Best practice|Project and programme delivery|Project 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 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 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 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 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 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 2017
What is effective project and programme governance and why is it important to define and establish governance arrangements for success and the realization of benefits? T he focus of many organizations , particularly in the public sector, is how to reduce the cost of opera...
Behaviour|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Requirements|Roles|Stakeholder management
Published 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