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 31 Jul 2017
I have found the structuring principles of ITIL ® Practitioner extremely valuable for my latest project with a social services cooperative in Italy which, although relatively small in size, has ambitious plans for continued expansion. Having achieved double-digit growth ...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Project management
Published 23 May 2016
As part of our ITIL Practitioner Global Summit Michael presented a session on Small scale ITSM implementation and ITIL Practitioner . Watch the video and read his new blog post also discussing this topic. How do you apply a large, comprehensive framework like ITIL ®...
Behaviour|Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
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 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 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 04 Dec 2017
What has 2017 meant for project managers and what is coming around the corner in 2018? Karen Ferris of Macanta Consulting looks ahead to the challenges facing project managers and their organizations next year. The need to be both waterfall and agile in projects ha...
Agile|Communication|Customer experience|Leadership|Project management|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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 16 Jul 2018
Stakeholders can make or break projects or programmes . If they feel overlooked, not listened to or ignored, then your project will be in trouble – no matter how well you deliver in terms of budget, time and quality. Just giving them what they want is not usually a viable ...
Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Stakeholder management
Published 05 Sep 2016
Configuration management is an area often underestimated by businesses. Creating a configuration management database (CMDB) isn’t necessarily that difficult but actually using it correctly within an organization is. This is because configuration management also involves orga...
Asset management|Best practice|Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 01 Aug 2016
The ITIL ® Practitioner guiding principles are not independent of each other. You don’t start with focus on value then, once you’ve finished that, start thinking about a different principle. All nine guiding principles work together to help ensure you do the right things...
Collaboration|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Value
Published 14 Mar 2017
Periodically we can all start to feel under-valued for what we do. Whether it be getting the credit and recognition we want for our work or just a few more pounds and pennies a month in our pay packages, it is a perfectly normal and reasonable thing to want. That said, aski...
Published 14 May 2019
In a few days’ time, Israel will host the world’s longest running annual TV music competition, the Eurovision Song Contest . How do you go about successfully hosting a major event that will be screened live to nearly 200 million people across the world (remember that the ‘eu...
Best practice|Communication|Learning from experience|MSP|Programme management|Small projects|Stakeholder engagement
Published 23 Mar 2017
Recently, I have been lucky enough to attend some excellent events in the IT service management (ITSM) space. I have noticed some reoccurring themes running through the presentations and networking discussions, which was affirmed by the talks I attended at Pink17 . There a...
Agile|Communication|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL
Published 17 Mar 2017
In my career I’ve been part of a variety of service transition projects and while every project is unique there are key aspects that should always be considered. Make a plan A robust transition plan should always be the first step in any project and every plan shoul...
Behaviour|Best Practice|Communication|ITIL|Service Management|Value
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 08 Jul 2016
Within my own organization, we’ve used the principles of ITIL ® Practitioner to ensure we’re working more effectively. And that has involved taking a “helicopter ride”. The release and deployment team’s objective is to release about 20 new and quality courseware titles to...
Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|ITIL|Value
Published 10 Feb 2017
The IT Service Management (ITSM) mindset in 2017 needs to shift, both culturally and in ways of working that are about breaking down barriers and silos. This means embracing agile service management and moving away from long-term projects of process and improvement. Yes, th...
Agile|Communication|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
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 11 Oct 2019
Today’s organizations need greater flexibility to create new products and services, which requires agility to build, test and deploy much faster. This need has led to movements such as DevOps and – in fact – ITIL ® 4 , the latest evolution of the ITIL best practice framewo...
Agile|Benefits realization|DevOps|Digital transformation|Frameworks|ITIL 4|Value
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 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 21 Oct 2015
What's the point of ongoing professional development? In "My CPD Life", a short series of blog posts to coincide with the launch of the AXELOS Professional Development Programme, experienced practitioners share their views on the value of keeping your skills and knowled...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|CPD|Project management|Skills|Training
Published 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 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 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 15 Apr 2016
When I first learnt about ITIL Practitioner , I was somewhat sceptical about its value and, in particular, how it would work for candidates with a wide range of ITIL backgrounds, knowledge and job roles. Thinking about training someone at ITIL Foundation stage in the...
Capabilities|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Qualifications|Skills|Training
Published 20 Apr 2016
One hundred percent of US Fortune 100 companies use the ITIL framework to manage, govern and keep their IT environment safe, so why isn’t ITIL training a priority at all of these organizations? In the past, product lifecycles were longer. You would develop a product, pu...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Knowledge management|RESILIA|Skills|Training
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 08 Jun 2018
The idea that there should be a disconnect between IT and the organization it operates within is, clearly, an insane proposition. Over the past 40 years we’ve recognized that there should be alignment, indeed convergence, between business and IT – and yet we’re still ...
Business Relationship Management|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Leadership|Skills|Value
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 17 Sep 2018
Digital transformation offers organizations the potential to compete, stay relevant and reduce the cost of delivering services to customers and running business processes. IT service management (ITSM) provides a structured process, approach and common language along wit...
Benefits realization|Digital transformation|Governance|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Training
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 09 Jan 2017
I was working with a client recently, helping them plan ways to improve the management of IT user support. When I came to review the advice I offered them, I realized that other organizations might find the same advice useful, so I have created three blog posts highlighting ...
Customer experience|IT services|ITIL|Service desk|Value
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