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
Published 10 Feb 2016
Does your organization have a problem with delivering projects and are you wrestling with the question: “how do we start to improve our projects?” It might seem like a simple question but the answer is more complex. This is because there is no universal right answer, as dif...
Maturity models|P3M3|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 16 Feb 2018
Complex projects are characterized by a huge variety of inputs and this creates a challenging environment in which to make decisions. As human beings, we are naturally biased and often go on “gut feel”. This is fine if you are being chased by a lion, but in the complex worl...
Behaviour|Benefits realization|Project management|Project planning|Roles|Strategic objectives
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 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 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 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 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 10 Jun 2019
Why is the question “who really is your customer” important to ask in IT and IT services? It’s extremely important because it shapes what IT/ ITSM people do and why. It helps us define and focus on the right things, which includes going beyond the superficial view of who a ...
Customer experience|Customer needs|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL 4|Value
Published 31 Oct 2017
Having spent most of my career in delivery, I wanted to share my views on what makes a good programme management office (PMO) . It's no secret that, at times, the programme manager and the PMO don't always see eye to eye, so I wanted to explain some of the system dynamics...
Communication|Processes|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)
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 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 18 Jan 2016
How much do Small and Medium Sized Enterprises ( SMEs ) have to fear from cyber-attack? The high profile cyber attacks of the past year have involved much bigger commercial fish than companies in the SME market. But that doesn’t render them immune – far from it. 74% of s...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Data Protection|RESILIA|Risk management|Vulnerability
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 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 04 Nov 2016
Approximately 70% of all IT Service Management (ITSM) transformation projects fail according to researchers from Gartner to McKinsey. And among those projects that fail, the same researchers uncovered that about half were unsuccessful because of internal resistance. The firs...
Collaboration|Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Leadership|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 01 Jul 2015
This year AXELOS launched the AXELOS Consulting Partner Programme . The programme allows consulting organizations to enter into an official partnership with AXELOS for the first time. The programme is part of our continuing commitment to ensure all organizations that use our...
Best Practice|Maturity models
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 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 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 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 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 20 Jan 2016
If you believe Darwin was right when he said that survival is about being adaptable to change, it is fair to say that the decisions you are making today about the change projects being delivered in your organization are crucial to ongoing survival of your organization. Over...
Best Practice|Change management|Leadership|MoP|Portfolio management|Project and programme delivery
Published 18 Jan 2019
Like most people who have either project managed or worked within a project and have started their formal training typically starting with Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 ® , I was no different. Working on my first ever business change project, the guidance was ...
ITIL|Learning|MoP|MSP|P3M3|P3O|PRINCE2|PRINCE2 Agile|Professional development|Qualifications|Training
Published 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 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 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 01 Feb 2017
An organization working on a major programme often needs a programme office. Major programmes are concerned with implementing complex transformational change, and this can bring with it a range of challenges. The size and impact of the change, an organization’s experience in...
Business solutions|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Value
Published 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 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 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 18 Feb 2020
An interview with Mark Smalley, author of ITIL ® 4 Managing Professional High-velocity IT. Q: Why should ITIL practitioners see value in the High-velocity IT module within ITIL 4’s Managing Professional certification? A: The module is aimed at practitioners who are n...
Agile|DevOps|IT services|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management|Skills
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 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 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 22 Mar 2016
The effect of IT service management (ITSM) transformation or improvement initiatives is not only about the business; the mental and emotional impact on the way people work and behave is a major factor – not everyone likes change. That’s why collaboration – one of the ...
Collaboration|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL|Stakeholder engagement
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 10 Aug 2016
Working on projects to develop new software with developers in a different country - in other words, remotely - poses certain problems that cry out for the practical approaches enshrined in ITIL ® Practitioner’s guiding principles. The scenario I describe, unfortunately...
Communication|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Project management
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 30 Nov 2018
How does an organization instil the required discipline to align portfolios and hold itself to account? Step 1: Business forecast New market opportunities drive strategic change . This means the first step should be to look at what kind of an organization you need to b...
Benefits realization|Business information management|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
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 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 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 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 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 27 Nov 2017
How can DevOps bring service improvements to IT service management (ITSM) in organizations and avoid throwing operations the “hot potato” of badly planned change projects? And what is the role for ITIL ® Practitioner’s 9 Guiding Principles – in particular start where y...
Collaboration|DevOps|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL
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 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 28 Oct 2016
One of the reasons why businesses overcomplicate processes in transition projects is because they are trying to develop an approach that meets all the principles of best practice. Quite often, the people in charge or accountable for transition projects want to achieve perfec...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service desk|Value
Published 06 Sep 2017
To take Bill Clinton strategist James Carville’s famous quotation and apply it to the world of project management: “It’s the benefits and value, stupid!” But as Dr. Harold Kerzner of IIL revealed in a recent AXELOS webinar , 70% of companies fail to achieve the bene...
Methodologies|Project management|Requirements|Roles|Strategic objectives|Value
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 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 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 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 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 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 19 Aug 2016
Programme Managers or directors play a critical role in an organization, often acting as the conduit between strategy and execution. Speaking in a blog post for AXELOS, The risks of promoting Project Managers to Programme Managers , Lindsay Scott, Director at Arras People, d...
Best Practice|Communication|Leadership|Programme Management|Project and programme management (PPM)
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 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 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 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 15 Aug 2018
Before we begin, let's define what culture is. Culture is a pattern of responses discovered, developed or invented during a group's history of handling problems which arise from interactions among its members, and between them and their environment. These responses are consid...
Best practice|P3O|Portfolio management|Programme management|Project management|Project management office
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 19 May 2017
Sue Taylor examines the importance of the blueprint in programmes and within AXELOS’ Managing Successful Programmes (MSP ® ) best practice guidance. By implementing change through a programme , an organization is trying to achieve a better future. That starts with a pr...
Capabilities|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Requirements|Vision
Published 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 20 Jul 2018
I’m a big believer that projects are a product of the people who are involved in them. Of course, an agile framework and clearly defined measures of control are essential but, based on my experience, people have to enjoy what they’re doing and want to work together to ac...
Communication|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project planning|Skills|Stakeholder 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 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 29 Mar 2017
How do you make sure your portfolio is heading in the right, strategic direction? The quick answer is: data. Portfolio managers have access to more data than at any time in recent history. Your organization will adopt an ever-more data-driven approach to running both day-to...
MoP|Portfolio management|Project planning|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution|Value|Vision
Published 27 Feb 2020
Projects and programmes can be highly emotional environments, where everyone is under pressure to deliver . Some team members may not even have experience of working in this way, which means they need extra care, understanding and guidance. For the project manager, having t...
Behaviour|Collaboration|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project checklists|Project management|Project planning|Project Progress
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 24 Mar 2015
P3M3® v3.0 is – in the world of best practice guidance – the “big one”. This latest version, the newest since 2008, will provide PPM consultants and organizations they work with the evidence for whether projects, programmes and portfolios are working or not and their return ...
Best Practice|Management|Maturity models|P3M3|Processes|Project and programme management (PPM)
Published 08 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 11 Jan 2016
Organizational Change Management (OCM) is an approach to managing the people side of change. Any IT Service Management (ITSM) initiative, small or large, individual, team or department driven will in some way affect people. The OCM approach is about identifying where any res...
Change management|Communication|Empowerment|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Stakeholder management
Published 20 Jul 2016
The IT industry is undergoing a tremendous amount of change and at a rapid rate. It’s becoming no longer affordable for an organization’s in-house IT department to manage every single IT service that’s required for the business to grow. Outsourcing IT or at the very least so...
Change management|Communication|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL
Published 02 Dec 2016
Continual Service Improvement (CSI) is a key lifecycle of ITIL ® : but why should business focus on CSI and what benefits does it actually bring? To explain why businesses should focus on CSI it’s probably easier – and more powerful – to explore the organizations th...
Business solutions|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer engagement|Governance|ITIL|Leadership
Published 07 Nov 2014
Eddie Vidal hosted the recent session at USA service management conference, FUSION14, where AXELOS Product Development Director, Frances Scarff presented her thoughts on project/programme management and ITSM. Here, he reflects on conference learnings and the state of ITSM in...
Best Practice|Business solutions|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Service Management
Published 05 Aug 2016
Why is robust governance and deploying a best practice framework so important when organizations want to introduce change? If you want changes from a business transformation programme which stick - i.e. things delivered that are embraced and used by the business operationa...
Best Practice|Change management|Frameworks|Governance|MSP|Programme management
Published 24 Apr 2018
In the world of project management , what do we mean by complex? Managing the refurbishment of historic buildings and public institutions in a densely populated city is one such complex and challenging environment. These busy facilities often need to stay open while work ...
Collaboration|Communication|Frameworks|Project management|Stakeholder management|Strategy execution
Published 14 Jun 2018
If ever there was a time to deliver efficient and consistent business change in an organization it is now, particularly with ever-increasing budgetary pressures to do more with less. What the Portfolio, Programme and Project Office (P3O ® ) guidance provides is a decision e...
Portfolio Management|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Project management
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 09 Aug 2019
If you want your projects and programmes to be successful, it is crucial that proper Stakeholder Engagement and its associated activities take place. Stakeholder Engagement is one of the practices in the new AXELOS AgileSHIFT ® product. But it is more than just a pro...
AgileSHIFT|Communication|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Stakeholder engagement
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 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 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 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 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 03 Mar 2015
Within every organization processes change, new technology is brought in, new policies are implemented and organizational structure can change too. IT Service Management (ITSM) initiatives often involve changing how people carry out their jobs and if you’re changing the way...
Change Management|Communication|ITIL|Processes|Project Progress|Service Management
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 16 Jul 2019
It’s a challenging time to be a programme or project manager: expected to deliver more with less, responsible for multiple change initiatives simultaneously, facing a range of internal and external pressures and embracing agile methods . This is the world according to prof...
Agile|Career progression|Certification|CPD|Project and programme management (PPM)|Training
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 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 02 Jul 2014
Before any discussion about ITIL's "adopt and adapt" approach, it's important that we dispel some ITIL myths. The principal myths state that ITIL is: Useful for large organizations only Bureaucratic Time consuming Non-Agile Prescriptive. Traditionally, ITIL's commun...
Adopt And Adapt|Best Practice|IT Services|ITIL|Service Desk|Service Management
Published 18 Dec 2015
Many individuals, and even organizations, are convinced that there is real value in the guidance documented in ITIL® , but they struggle to know how to use that guidance to best advantage. ITIL describes a lot of best practices that could be followed, but as the saying go...
Adopt and adapt|Change management|Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills
Published 16 Aug 2016
ITIL ® and ISO/IEC 20000, the international standard for service management, have enjoyed a long and mutually supportive relationship. ISO/IEC 20000 is currently being revised for the third time, with an increased focus on Service Integration (SIAM), governance and manag...
Governance|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Requirements|Value
Published 23 Sep 2016
Susie Farquhar discusses why ITIL is “not only for big organizations” and can be used by organizations of any size. Is ITIL only for large organizations? Over the years in my consulting role I’ve encountered a number of people who believe ITIL isn’t for their organ...
IT services|ITIL|Processes|Roles|Service catalogue|Value
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 02 Apr 2020
To be successful in the current environment of rapid, concurrent and never-ending change, organizations must grow their agility not just to thrive, but to survive. Agility is the ability across an organization to move and adapt quickly. A high degree of organizational agility...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Collaboration|Digital transformation|Empowerment|Senior team
Published 07 Apr 2017
In this two-part blog series, ITSM and organizational change expert, Karen Ferris explains the importance of organizational change management and reviews the knowledge and tools available in ITIL Practitioner to support change professionals with OCM. Organizational cha...
Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Project sponsorship|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy execution
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 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 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 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 19 Feb 2018
Working on assignment five days a week means it’s not always easy for project managers to 'reach back' to their own organization – but it’s something you should always make time for if you don’t want to risk falling under the radar. As a consultant, I’ve found that it take...
Communication|Professional development|Project management|Roles|Value
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 31 Oct 2019
Update January 2020 Hi everyone, I thought it worth providing a quick update. Most of the changes mentioned below have been made. However, there were 3 changes or clarifications that I wanted to share now: The new definition of Problem appears in the glossary only. The ma...
Certification|Customer experience|End-User Experience|Examinations|ITIL 4|Roles|Value
Published 29 Jul 2015
Before the exam Taking an ITIL v3 Foundation course and sitting the Foundation Exam is a great way to start your ITIL journey. Here are our Top Tips to help you get the most from the course and pass your exam: Read around the topic before you start. It will help you hi...
Certification|Examinations|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Learning|Qualifications|Training
Published 30 Nov 2016
Configuration Management requires a disciplined approach to be functional. It’s about having a record of your systems, what’s happened to those items and the details of the relationships between the items on your list. It’s commonly used in IT, military or commercial aviatio...
Change management|Information systems|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|Processes|Value
Published 07 Mar 2018
How agile are we in IT service management (ITSM)? I’ve seen numerous different companies claiming to be agile while – in reality – they’re not. If we refer for a moment to the ITIL Continual Service Improvement (CSI) model, the first step is to define the vision and prop...
Agile|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 24 May 2018
We are often using terminology and words that we haven’t agreed the definition on. Oh, but there is a definition you might say! Yes, but using a definition of terminology that is defined in a global, universal context is only a starting point, we need to make the definition ...
Best practice|Communication|Customer Engagement|Customer Experience|End-User Experience|Skills
Published 21 Aug 2018
Many organizations go into Agile assuming it to be a “silver bullet” for numerous business management issues. Managers may have attended conferences or read articles where forward thinking companies, such as Amazon, Netflix or Toyota, are held up as positive case studies. ...
Agile|Behaviour|Business solutions|Methodologies|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Skills
Published 19 Sep 2018
Can posting a photograph of a family celebration on a personal media account really have an impact on your employer and the organization? The answer is yes and it’s known to happen. If social media privacy settings aren’t up-to-date then anyone – not just your friends – can ...
Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Data protection|RESILIA|Sensitive data|Threats
Published 18 Apr 2019
What makes some change initiatives bloom while others wither and die? A 2013 study of pilot programmes by the National Academy of Sciences found that few effective pilot programmes remain effective at larger scales. The reasons may lie in both our natural resistance to new...
Behaviour|Business solutions|Change management|Leadership|Programme management|Requirements|Resource management
Published 24 May 2019
Take your own medicine. Practice what you preach. Walk the talk. These clichés were circling my mind as I stepped into the classroom recently to begin the new ITIL ® 4 Foundation training. Having worked in AXELOS as Project Manager for the Foundation product for over a ye...
Best practice|Certification|Examinations|Frameworks|ITIL 4|Learning|Training
Published 28 Oct 2019
One of the most dangerous things for people in organizations to say is: “We’ve always done it this way.” While employees often don’t question or challenge the status quo , enterprises today are having to transition from the way they might have been doing things for decades....
Adopt and adapt|Agile|Behaviour|Change management|Customer engagement|DevOps|Digital transformation|Frameworks|ITIL 4
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 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 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 31 Oct 2018
In a second blog post looking at the cyber resilience challenge in the further and higher education market, Kuldip Sandhu of Innovative Quality Solutions, considers the responsibilities academic and administrative staff have in helping to beat the hackers. Universities ...
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 04 Mar 2016
Typically, the scope and duration of programmes is significantly greater than that of a single project. Consequently – and in contrast to projects – they demand greater leadership and stakeholder management skills from programme delivery professionals in order to achieve pr...
Communication|Leadership|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Skills|Stakeholder management
Published 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 09 Mar 2018
Project management and transformation practitioners Stephen Dowling and Stephen Callaghan have been sharing their 'Adapt or Die!' ideas with organizational change practitioners in Australia. AXELOS caught up with them to find out what this means for projects and project man...
Agile|Customer needs|Frameworks|Leadership|Project management|Roles
Published 12 Nov 2014
"How do I hold on to my current ITSM budget or even grow it? I know I need to show value to the business, but my concern is that the 'powers that be' see only cost. What's my best approach to this?" As technology continues to advance and develop, IT is becoming even more i...
Best Practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management|Value
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 13 Sep 2017
Organizational and project change is difficult because – primarily – it involves humans who are programmed to like the status quo. Businesses underestimate the impact of change management at their peril. However, the tendency is to focus on project management delivery, st...
Change management|Communication|MSP|Project management|Skills|Stakeholder engagement
Published 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 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 21 Sep 2018
Technical competence is no longer enough to be a great project manager. In today’s new world of work, technical knowledge and ability need to be aligned with the right essential life skills and professional behaviours in order to be truly successful, according to Kara Flanag...
Behaviour|Capabilities|Learning|Professional development|Project management|Skills
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 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 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 26 May 2015
How to develop and grow control processes that work for your teams How do teams deliver better quality software or an IT solution at a pace that matches the needs of a business? This question is especially pertinent in the context of the solution development lifecycle an...
Change Management|Change Requests|Collaboration|Methodologies
Published 17 Apr 2015
Politics often throws up examples of highly memorable, and equally emotive, language designed to make voters think a certain way about a particular party. The UK’s current election fever is no different, with politicians coining the rather loaded phrase, “Weaponizing the NHS...
Published 14 Mar 2016
Janek Rozov, Head of the Information Society Services Development Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in Estonia, explains how it has introduced a multiple-view service catalogue to improve understanding of services amongst its citizens and allo...
Best Practice|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Service catalogue
Published 13 Apr 2016
This blog (abridged from my original 3000-word version) isn’t meant to be a review of the new ITIL Practitioner Guidance publication, although you might feel it sails close, and instead talks to the content that stands out for me, i.e. the stuff that will really help the read...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Value
Published 14 Dec 2016
Why is IT Service Management (ITSM) important to organizations? Executives, of course, want to measure systems, data and people and how the IT infrastructure and the provided services are helping end-users to accomplish their business goal more efficiently. In the past, onl...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|ITIL|Problem management|Processes|Requirements
Published 30 Jan 2017
The use of managed service providers is relatively common across all sorts of organizations. Unfortunately, what’s also common is ineffective relationships and ways of working between businesses and their provider. Most organizations work with a managed service provider in ...
Capabilities|Incident management|ITIL|Processes|Risk management|Service desk
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 17 May 2018
If I asked you to carve out five hours a week for learning your immediate response might be ‘nice idea but I don’t have the time’. It would certainly be my reaction. But what if I told you that some of the world’s most successful leaders regularly take time out of their day ...
CPD|Learning|Learning from experience|Professional development|Qualifications|Skills
Published 31 May 2018
I n a recent webinar hosted by New Horizons, AXELOS’ ITSM Product Ambassador, Akshay Anand, shared his thoughts about one buzzword of the moment, digital transformation: What is digital transformation , how are companies going about accomplishing it and what does th...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer Experience|Digital transformation|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Stakeholder management
Published 18 Jul 2018
What can ITSM practitioners learn from getting involved in problem-solving simulation activities? For example, the Apollo 13 simulation – something offered by accredited trainers – replicates the NASA event made famous by the phrase “Houston, we’ve got a problem”. And i...
Behaviour|Collaboration|Communication|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes
Published 05 Nov 2018
As part of our Built on ITIL ® blog post series, one of our most prolific guest bloggers, Adam McCullough, shares his ITIL journey: was it coincidental for someone who was working at NASA to find ITIL helped his career “sky rocket”? Working in ITSM supporting NASA’s Kenn...
Career progression|Certification|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT services|ITIL|Skills
Published 01 Mar 2019
‘Digital’ is about customer experience and value For better and for worse, the societal, political and economic impact of information technology is unprecedented. As citizens and consumers, technology has made our life so much easier that it’s giving organizations a hard t...
IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Skills|Value
Published 16 May 2019
The Service Value System Welcome back! This post is the third in a series in which I connect the key concepts of ITIL 4 . In the last article , we briefly covered concepts such as multiple stakeholders, PESTLE, and the Four Dimensions of Service Management. In this articl...
ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management
Published 21 Aug 2019
The ‘age of the customer’ describes how modern organizations need to meet rapidly changing customer expectations and also anticipate their future needs. With technological advancement occurring at an unprecedented rate, increasingly, what distinguishes one organization from...
AgileSHIFT|Customer engagement|Customer experience|Customer needs|Skills|Stakeholder engagement|Strategic objectives
Published 05 Sep 2019
How should an organization undertake the transition from ITIL ® v3 to ITIL 4 ? But before the “how?”, maybe we should talk about the “why?”. ITIL 4 is the latest evolution in the best practice framework that has supported IT service management professionals and their org...
IT service management (ITSM)|IT transformation|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
Published 19 Dec 2019
Allan Thomson, PPM Ambassador at AXELOS, shares his “Project Christmas” tips for tackling some of the main causes of stress. There’s too much going on before Christmas. How can I avoid the stress and enjoy this time of year? Your diary can suddenly fill up with invit...
Budgets|End-User Experience|Learning from experience|Project checklists|Project management|Project planning|Requirements|Roles
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 15 Feb 2019
On Thursday 7 February, I attended the 2019 Learning Awards , run by Learning Performance Institute. AXELOS sponsored the People Development Programme of the Year Award (Private sector) which was presented to Honda Motor. The evening was a fantastic opportunity for all tho...
Career progression|CPD|Digital transformation|Learning|Professional development|Skills
Published 06 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 engagement|IT services|ITIL|Processes|Requirements|Service Desk
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 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 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 17 Jan 2018
What you should do to improve project success and achieve value has been high on the agenda this year. Equally, the increased uncertainty in the economy has raised awareness of the need for increased professionalism in project and programme management (PPM) . In short, we’v...
Change management|Collaboration|Learning|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Project management|Project management office
Published 10 Aug 2018
This will be the final post from my time here at Agile 2018 . It’s been a packed week yet in the same breath I only feel like I have scratched the surface of the content on offer. I want to end this little series by sharing a couple of thoughts from the last day, but also de...
Agile|Benefits realization|Customer needs|Project and programme delivery|Project management|Project management office|Value
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 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 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 06 Sep 2019
There are many reasons why a programme fails. But there are some causes of failure that are common across the majority of troubled programmes. So, let me introduce the seven Cs of programme failure and how they can be addressed using best practice methods such as Managing Su...
Best practice|Capabilities|Collaboration|Communication|MSP|Programme management|Project and programme delivery|Stakeholder management
Published 13 Apr 2017
In the second of a two-part blog series, ITSM and organizational change expert, Karen Ferris continues her exploration of organizational change management (OCM) by looking at managing and reinforcing change. She also considers the knowledge and tools available in ITIL ® ...
Published 19 Jun 2017
Every day, CIOs face the same daunting question; how can they effectively communicate the value of IT to the business? For any IT initiative, the confusion lies in identifying and quantifying its outcomes for the business. They need to challenge the business’ perception of ...
Frameworks|IT investment|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
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 21 Jun 2018
With continuing digital disruption, customer-focused organizations today more than ever need a portfolio-centred approach to both strategic planning and product delivery. An effective P3O model for any organization therefore seeks to build on, and better coordinate, the cont...
Portfolio Management|Project planning|Strategy execution
Published 06 Apr 2016
Although an integral part of the ITIL ® Service Lifecycle, Service Strategy is probably the element most IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals are least comfortable using. In fact, even the word ‘strategy’ can strike fear into some IT professionals as, quite sim...
IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Strategic objectives|Strategy execution
Published 05 May 2016
What is ITIL Practitioner and how does it complement existing ITIL accreditations? ITIL ® Practitioner is an addition to the ITIL portfolio and, ultimately, it helps professionals who’ve completed any level of ITIL training from Foundation onwards to develop the ski...
Adopt and adapt|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Training
Published 25 Jul 2016
Project Office Managers, or P3Os and PMOs for short, are the crux of a project, programme or portfolio support office. Giving strategic guidance, support and coaching, PMOs lead the team to deliver best practice and standardize their approaches to project execution. In this...
Best Practice|Communication|P3O|Processes|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management office
Published 08 Aug 2016
The IT architect title is used to describe a range of jobs varying in scope and responsibility but, in summary, the architect team is responsible for developing, maintaining and governing the ICT solutions across an organization. They are also tasked with making sure technol...
Communication|Customer experience|IT services|Leadership|Project management|Stakeholder management
Published 31 Oct 2016
A lot of organizations, experience frustration with their service desk. While that’s not a criticism – the majority get things done quickly – end users get annoyed by the speed of service desk support. Interestingly, what’s usually at fault is effectiveness rather than effic...
Business solutions|Collaboration|ITIL|Processes|Service desk|Stakeholder management
Published 28 Nov 2016
The discrepancy between reports and reality is something that I see frequently within organizations because, as the animation below explores, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are often developed without proper consideration and understanding of the reasons behind the measure...
Behaviour|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Key performance indicators (KPIs)|Strategic objectives
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 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 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 11 May 2018
We have often discussed how technology and new frameworks have changed our service management practices and how we need to adopt and adapt them. Still as we know there is another key pillar: People. People are often the last step in any improvement plan. Trainings are the f...
Adopt and Adapt|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Learning|Skills|Training
Published 15 May 2018
As an organization are you interested in attracting top talent? In growing your business? Providing your employees, the tools they need to be successful? If you are than you need to create a learning-centred work culture. Our re cent ITSM and PPM benchmarking surveys sho...
Capabilities|CPD|Learning|Learning from experience|Professional development|Skills
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 09 Aug 2018
And just like that, we’re done with Day 3 of Agile 2018 ! I’m hoping that by now any readers are aware of the previous two posts about days 1 and 2, but if not...here they are: Day 1 Day 2 The last hurrah - final thoughts from Agile 2018 The focus of the po...
Agile|Benefits realization|Big Data|Business information management|Customer Engagement|Customer needs|Learning
Published 05 Oct 2018
The much feared GDPR compliance date has come and gone. You have located the personal data your organization processes and ensured you have a lawful basis for processing it. You have published your privacy notices etc. Hopefully, as part of your readiness projects and progr...
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 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 13 Dec 2018
When I was a junior consultant, I viewed project assurance with more than some trepidation. The scrutiny poured on my work by the manager felt like a school examination (which I was not passing). I had been cramming the previous night, checking project descriptions, ensuring ...
CPD|Management|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management
Published 15 Jan 2019
Working in ITIL ® adoption has given me a steady stream of employment in broader, more engaging roles and a significant increase in salary. The demand for ITIL skills are continuing to grow worldwide and – I believe – will increase significantly over the next five to 10...
Career progression|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Roles|Skills
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 04 Jun 2019
We are creators, innovators and explorers of new, shiny things. It is part of our role and we love it. Listening to the hype, the latest trends - what ones are worth our time and investment, which ones will stick around (Apple iPhone, Amazon Echo) and which ones will not make...
Change management|Frameworks|Incident management|IT services|ITIL|Knowledge management|Problem management|Resource management|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 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 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 12 Sep 2019
Having a background in Agile-focused learning, certification and roles for more than 12 years, I previously had less interest in ITIL ® . So, you might wonder why I’m now certified in ITIL 4. I’d had some ITIL training and learning at university and there were elements I...
Agile|Certification|DevOps|End-User Experience|Frameworks|ITIL 4|Service desk|Service 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 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 17 Jan 2020
What does de-centralized IT look like today and how is high-velocity IT (HVIT), as addressed in ITIL 4 , enabling it? Digital organizations need to provide rapid and immediate responses to customer needs because they demand quick action, whether they are internal or externa...
Agile|Customer needs|End-User Experience|ITIL|ITIL 4|Service catalogue|Service management|Value
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 03 Mar 2017
Developing new applications with a combination of ITIL ® , DevOps and agile methods is transforming results for customers. While DevOps and agile are enabling better communication, improved analysis of customer needs and delivering a quality solution, ITIL adds incide...
Published 26 Apr 2017
At the start of teaching ITIL ® Practitioner I tell candidates that the guidance will become the ‘most thumbed book’ in their arsenal. By the time they finish their training, they agree universally. The response to ITIL Practitioner has been resoundingly positive in ...
Agile|Best Practice|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|ITIL|Training|Value
Published 11 Sep 2017
Delivering value to a customer doesn’t begin and end with a product and its features – it also requires service . In the IT development world, recognizing the need for service means cultivating skills in service management. This is where turning to ITIL ® is important...
Customer needs|DevOps|ITIL|Service management|Value
Published 23 Feb 2018
Scott Harberd shares his experience of implementing PPM software during a period of transformation and change for one of the UK’s largest airlines. Following a period of rapid growth and promotion to the FTSE 100, the organization was outwardly successful but highly i...
Benefits realization|Change management|Communication|IT transformation|Maturity models|Project and Programme Management (PPM)
Published 08 Aug 2018
With Day 2 of Agile 2018 come and gone, as promised here are my top thoughts from the day. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’d highly recommend my recap of the first day . Today has had a common theme running throughout (bar one exception) of how to scale agi...
Agile|Capabilities|Communication|Project and programme delivery|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project management|Skills
Published 25 Jun 2019
With tech-centric changes driving disruption all around us, AgileSHIFT has a simple indicator to help you assess the impact on your organization. The Delta is the difference between the 'target state' and the current performance level. The larger the delta, the more exposed...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Business solutions|Change management|Digital transformation|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 12 Jul 2019
Why should organizations become agile organizations? Recent research outlined in The Evolution of the Agile Organization report from PA Consulting among 500 business leaders suggests the “top 10% of businesses by financial performance” are “almost 30% more likely to dis...
Published 16 Oct 2019
Organizations that previously set up IT processes that lasted for years are now preparing themselves for new ways of working – and a “machine” of constant change. Running in parallel to this has been the introduction of alternative ways of working – such as Agile methods a...
Agile|DevOps|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL 4|Service management|Value
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 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 18 Jul 2017
The value of programme and project assurance can be described as the process of checking that a programme or project makes the right commitments to the business and then delivers on those commitments. Assurance provides an independent, confidential, objective view of progra...
Capabilities|Processes|Project and programme delivery|Risk management|Strategic objectives|Value
Published 10 Mar 2015
“It won’t work if organizations expect IT people to pick up an ITIL ® book or go on a training course and then implement successful service management solutions. “Organizations and people need to ‘adopt and adapt’ ITIL to the specific and unique requirements of their b...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Change management|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management
Published 11 Jun 2015
Every service management implementation is a cultural transformation. And culture change is an even bigger issue for senior management than it is for IT and ITSM, as they need to recognize that for such a transformation to be successful, they need to lead and be role mode...
Change management|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Processes|Service Management
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 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 27 Apr 2016
Nicola Reeves, Service Management Consultant at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, describes the value ITIL ® Practitioner brings to organizations, especially when it comes to change management. Having completed my ITIL training to the highest level, I was keen to understand...
Change management|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Roles
Published 19 May 2016
There are a number of challenges faced by IT Service Management (ITSM) professionals in the operational space but, broadly speaking, the ITIL Practitioner can be used to address three key areas: measurement; communication; and education. Measurement Metrics are often a...
Communication|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service desk|Training
Published 22 Jun 2016
The initiative to establish a service request catalogue to automate fulfilment of the most commonly requested services and allow customers to log their support requests is a commendable one. It would meet the objective of reducing the calls to the service desk and therefore...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|End-user experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Service catalogue|Service desk
Published 29 Jun 2016
When I analyze the tangible results my organization has achieved as a result of employees being ITIL ® competent, the return is undeniable. The benefits of ITIL training are threefold: differentiation, service improvement and cost saving. Differentiation In 2012, lev...
Certification|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT investment|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Training
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 28 Jul 2016
Focus on value is one of the nine guiding principles described in the ITIL ® Practitioner Guidance and is the subject of the animated video below. Of course it’s so obvious that we should focus on value that you might wonder whether it needs saying at all. The t...
Change management|Customer experience|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Value
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 30 Sep 2016
There are a lot of misconceptions around ITIL as a tool within IT Service Management (ITSM). Some people believe that if they implement a ‘tool’ or an aspect of the guidance, they’re implementing the whole thing. Others think that if they implement a tool it will fix every...
Best practice|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management|Training
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 07 Oct 2016
Why is the ITIL Practitioner Guiding Principle, Be Transparent, so important to get right? A lack of updates about incident resolution can create complaints and an image of a service desk “black hole” in an organization. How does this happen? At times, incident resolu...
Behaviour|Communication|Customer experience|ITIL|Service desk|Value
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 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 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 07 Feb 2018
Reality TV show Shark Tank panellist and entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary always asks: “How do I make money” when presented with any product. The value to him is simple – getting the biggest return on investment with the least amount of risk. Focusing on value is extremely i...
Agile|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Value
Published 30 Apr 2018
What does a good PMO (project/programme management office) look like? The standard response is often to describe a best practice model and list some core services, but I want to challenge this perspective. In my view, it doesn’t really matter what activities your PMO provid...
Communication|Project management|Project management office|Roles|Stakeholder management|Strategy execution
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 13 Mar 2019
What are ITSM anti-practices? They are the bad practices that have become prevalent as organizations try to tackle service management challenges. Akshay Anand, AXELOS’ Product Ambassador for ITIL ® , has referred to “Watermelon SLAs” , check-box ITIL implementation and en...
Best practice|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|ITIL|Service management|Vision
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 11 Jun 2019
How using MSP can help organize a successful music festival It’s the time of year when it seems everyone is getting excited about music festivals. But what is it like behind the scenes? Do organizers think of Woodstock in 1969? Love peace, and “everywhere was a song and a c...
Frameworks|MSP|Programme management|Strategy execution|Threats|Value
Published 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 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 25 May 2016
Just because you can connect a device to the internet doesn't mean you should. While connected devices (commonly called the “Internet of Things”) can deliver new services, there needs to be security, privacy and clear ownership of data. The endgame for the Internet of ...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Data protection|Processes|RESILIA|Sensitive data|Vulnerability
Published 08 Jun 2016
Dear Mr or Mrs Private Company Director – do you know who you are handing your personal information to and why? For all of you, there is an information security risk when third parties are asking for your personal details. Why? Do you know how securely they will treat your i...
Cyber resilience|Cyber-attack|Data protection|RESILIA|Vulnerability
Published 21 Aug 2016
Should IT organizations worry about culture when adopting the ITIL ® framework? It is a misconception to think that they shouldn’t . Although cultural change - both behavioural and procedural - should begin long before a significant change, such as adopting ITIL, ...
Behaviour|Change management|Communication|Frameworks|ITIL|Stakeholder management
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 21 Nov 2016
How do you recognize and tackle the problem of silo working in IT? Picture the scenario: you’re in a meeting, discussing why something isn’t working; scratching your head and wondering how it can be improved. Most of the time the elephant in the room and the reason it’s not...
Change management|Communication|IT services|Leadership|Roles|Strategy execution
Published 22 Dec 2016
Having spent an early part of his career in a business relationship management role as a Government IT Service Management (ITSM) contractor supporting NASA, Adam McCullough understands the purpose and value of Business Relationship Managers (BRMs) within organizations. In th...
Business Relationship Management|Communication|Customer engagement|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Skills|Value
Published 27 Sep 2017
If you think of process improvement in IT Service Management (ITSM) as having a clear linear structure, you’re probably thinking about it the wrong way. With process improvement, you’re never really done. Typically, process improvement activity happens reactively rather tha...
Agile|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Leadership|Processes|Service Management
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 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 11 Oct 2017
At AXELOS, we like to explore new ways of working, as well as new ways of learning. One such way is experiential learning (or ‘learning by doing’ as it’s more colloquially known). Earlier this year, Paul Wilkinson from GamingWorks proposed running the Grab@Pizza simulation...
Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|Learning|Roles|Value
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 10 Nov 2017
As more and more people turn to Agile frameworks over traditional project management methodologies to help enhance project capabilities and deliver outputs, it’s important to highlight that Agile is not a panacea for poor project management. At this point, let's distinguish b...
Agile|Customer engagement|Methodologies|Processes|Project management|Value
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 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 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
Published 01 Feb 2018
In the international bestseller The 7 habits of highly effective people (Free Press, 1988), Steven R. Covey describes an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls the ‘true north’ principles of a character ethic that are universal...
Behaviour|Project management|Stakeholder engagement|Strategy Execution|Vision
Published 28 Nov 2014
In a business environment, the topic of risk isn’t sexy; unfortunately, firefighting issues is! There’s simply no glory in managing risk and the subject tends to be subconsciously further down the corporate priority list. At best, it can be a box ticking exercise, i.e., comp...
Best Practice|Governance|M_o_R|Management|Risk Management
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 01 Oct 2015
At a time in the global job economy when employers report receiving upwards of 30 applications for every job posted, it is more essential than ever to put in the work of earning - and maintaining - professional certifications and skills that will set you apart. Equally import...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Career planning|Certification|CPD|Qualifications|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 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 27 Jul 2018
An AXELOS webinar – Protecting the reputation of UK Further and Higher Education with your greatest defence: your people – has highlighted how Further and Higher Education establishments are the ideal target for cyber attackers. Education institutions hold personal and fin...
Behaviour|Cyber Resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-Attack|RESILIA|Sensitive data|Threats|Vulnerability
Published 15 Aug 2019
Executive Summary We all are aware of the three fundamental principles of People, Process and Technology. Every organization focuses on these three elements. The people factor in all the above has been limited to reskilling in new technologies and training on methodologies a...
Behaviour|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|Knowledge management|Resource management|Service management|Skills
Published 30 Oct 2019
The world of work is moving towards enterprise-wide, planned adaptability . Running the business and changing the business are becoming one and the same. As the organizations we’re working with are fundamentally aiming to improve their capability, it is interesting to note ...
Agile|AgileSHIFT|Business solutions|Certification|Cloud computing|Customer engagement|Digital transformation|Project management
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 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 02 Feb 2015
Service Management must not shy away from application development Most Service Management organizations are full of process people. And then, there are tools teams that are full of tools people. What I mean is that the tools teams are made up of individuals who are experts...
Cloud Computing|Cloud services|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|Processes|Service Management
Published 26 Nov 2015
Throughout the "Building Service Monitoring as a Service with an Eye on the Cloud" blog series, we have focused on the need for a Service Monitoring Service - a “monitoring hub” of sorts. This approach is different from the legacy centralized monitoring approach whereby t...
Best Practice|Capabilities|Cloud services|IT Service Management (ITSM)|IT Services|Service Management
Published 11 Jul 2017
LocWorld is a localization conference that I’d wanted to attend for several years. Localization, for those of you who might not have come across the term, is the process of amending a product so it works in a local context. Traditionally, this was primarily about translatio...
Published 04 May 2018
Like their traditional counterparts, organizations that are struggling with Agile face the lack of executive involvement . Despite Agile’s success in addressing software development issues, it hasn’t addressed strategic leadership. This is where I believe the real issue i...
Agile|Certification|Customer needs|Project management|Strategic objectives|Value
Published 18 Feb 2019
Business value from IT goods and services in a digital world I think it’s fair to say that organizations’ understanding of “digital” is currently ‘all over the place’, leading to much confusion. In technology terms, when you’re using IT strategically to drive a business...
Customer engagement|Digital transformation|IT service management (ITSM)|IT services|IT transformation|ITIL|Value
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 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 04 Dec 2015
You’ve done it! You studied hard, you took the exam, and you passed it! You are now a fully-accredited practitioner. But what often happens next is that on your return to work you fail to apply what you’ve learned. There are several possible reasons for this: maybe you took...
Published 03 Jan 2017
Tallinn was mild and drizzly when I arrived as a first-time visitor to the annual itSMF Estonia conference , which is now in its eleventh year. Estonia has a thriving IT Service Management (ITSM) community, and the weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the 150 attendees, w...
Change management|Collaboration|Communication|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Frameworks|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL
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 10 May 2018
Services are about people and processes and how technology enables the service delivery. These services need service management and, as a product manager, it has been useful to recognize that designing services is different to designing products. In order to deliver a cons...
Agile|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|Customer needs|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service Management
Published 13 Jun 2018
Services are about people and processes and how technology enables the service delivery. These services need service management and, as a product manager, it has been useful to recognize that designing services is different to designing products. In order to deliver a cons...
Agile|Continual Service Improvement (CSI)|IT Service Management (ITSM)|ITIL|Processes|Service catalogue|Service Management
Published 30 Aug 2018
With system breaches at universities doubling over the past two years, cyber-resilience is an increasing concern. In the first of two blog posts Kuldip Sandhu, Higher and Further Education Consultant, Innovative Quality Solutions looks at the challenges and considers soluti...
Behaviour|Cyber resilience|Cyber security|Cyber-attack|Learning|RESILIA|Training
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 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 15 Feb 2016
To my mind, one of the most useful additions to ITIL ® Practitioner is the Guiding Principles (GP). The Guiding Principles help focus on the essential aspects for a successful ITIL adoption. They provide a powerful checklist to those responsible for ensuring an ITIL deploy...
Adopt and adapt|Behaviour|Customer experience|IT transformation|ITIL|Value
Published 10 Aug 2017
Let’s begin by defining the senior responsible owner`(SRO) role. The publication Managing Successful Programmes ® (2011 edition) describes the SRO as the individual responsible for ensuring that a project or programme of change meets its objectives and delivers the projec...
Leadership|Project and programme management (PPM)|Project progress|Roles|Stakeholder management
Published 16 Sep 2014
The "S" factor - sponsors and stakeholders - are critical to the success of any project or programme. And ensuring these vital people are actively supporting you and your team depends on how successful you are at "managing upwards". People tend to "buy into" programmes as t...
Communication|Programme Management|Project and Programme Management (PPM)|Project Management|Stakeholder Management
Published 10 Apr 2019
This is part 2 of a 2-part article, read Part 1 . Theory to ACTION! At the end of the short simulation exercise (1 ½ hours) we asked delegates, ‘ What did you experience from applying ITIL ® 4 theory that you will now take away and try to apply in YOUR organization ? ...
Behaviour|Business Relationship Management|Certification|Collaboration|IT service management (ITSM)|ITIL|Stakeholder management|Value