Category: Programme Management

An easy 10-minute guide to change management
All projects involve some form of change, whether you’re building a bridge, putting in a new IT system or modifying business processes. To put it simply, change management is the processes, techniques and tools you use to get people ready for the changes your project will be bringing. It shouldn’t be confused with change control ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
An easy explanation of the three Ps of project management
If you’ve been even loosely involved in project management, you’re likely to have heard people talk about portfolios, programmes and projects. They’re part of the language of project management but it can be difficult to know the differences between them, even though they’re all related. A really good way to visualise the difference is to ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
How to be productive in project meetings
Have you ever been in a project meeting and started playing “meeting bingo”? Or have surreptitiously checked your phone? I’ll put my hand up and admit I’ve done both on more than one occasion. Why do people do that? Surely, you’re in a meeting because you either want to or have to be there? Looking ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
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5 essential ways programme management differs from project management
When you think of programme management, do you automatically think of it being project management, only bigger? If you do, you’re not alone, but ultimately – like me: wrong! Managing a programme is very different to managing a project. The Project Management Institute has great definitions for both a programme and a project. It defines ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
The case for using a cloud portfolio, programme and project management tool
I’m often asked why an organisation should spend time and money investing in a cloud PPM tool. Here’s my reasoning as to why it is money well spent. Picture the scene… You’re a project manager on a project that’s two thirds of the way through. You have 10 different work streams, each with their own ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
How to promote your PMO
One of the hardest things as a new PMO, is to get the business to believe in you and buy into the service you’re offering. Over the years I’ve seen a number of great PMOs fail to deliver on their promise simply because they haven’t promoted themselves properly. So, if you’re in the process of ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
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Twelve questions to ask cloud PPM providers
Picking a cloud programme and project management (PPM) tool is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly and it is only natural that you would want to evaluate multiple vendors. These 12 questions should help you make an informed decision: Where in the world is our data held? In today’s security conscious world, it is ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
Why P3M3 self-assessment is a good thing
Portfolio, programme and project management maturity model (P3M3) is a self-assessment tool that you can use to check your organisation’s capability in portfolio, programme and project management. It is made up of three independent models. One each for portfolio, programme and project management and has five levels of maturity. You rate your organisation’s maturity by ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
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Portfolio, Programme & Project management predictions
Well it’s that time of year again, where everyone starts looking towards the future and here at Psoda it’s no different. Here are some of our predictions for portfolio, programme and project management in 2015: Portfolio management will continue to grow in popularity As predicted at the end of last year, we’ve seen a jump ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
How can project managers deal with recalcitrant vendors?
We’ve all been there at some time or another on a programme or project when a vendor metaphorically gives you the middle finger. Where no matter what you do or how you do it, you just can’t get them to cooperate. So how do you deal with a situation like this? Here are a few ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
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How to tell the difference between project management and programme management
I recently had a very interesting discussion with a colleague about the difference between project and programme management. We’ve both been in situations where organisations have struggled to differentiate between the two and have expected project managers to be programme managers and vice versa. This has led to confusion and, more often than not, programme ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management
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Why is quality assurance important in programmes and projects?
You’re sitting at your desk going through your emails and you see the subject line: Request for Meeting: Quality Assurance Audit. Do you: Delete the email and if questioned deny all knowledge of ever receiving it Mark it as read and forget about it until the second reminder Respond immediately and enthusiastically If you’ve answered ... An easy 10-minute guide to change management