“WPC is where we come each year to celebrate the success we have together, and also to reaffirm that commitment.”
—Satya Nadella, WPC 2015, Orlando.
It’s hard to believe that in just under a month’s time, Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) will be getting underway. Right now, as you read this, there are more than 15,000 people putting the final touches on their preparations for the tech giant’s annual summer event. Microsoft ensures attendees will be able to make new networking connections, uncover business insights and create partnerships that can help deliver world-class results. So, if you’re getting ready to go, we probably don’t have to do that much convincing to get you excited! Continue reading >>
We’re setting ourselves up for a busy summer at Program Framework, as we’ll be attending some exciting events throughout June and July. We’re always excited for new opportunities to network and learn from likeminded peers in the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) sector – as well as getting to attend arguably the biggest Microsoft event of the year! So, what major learning and networking events are we looking forward to this summer? Continue reading >>
After sold-out success in 2015, The PMO Conference is returning on the 8th June for its second consecutive year. An event dedicated to PMO practitioners from around the world, the PMO Conference promises a focus on portfolio, program and project offices, encouraging attendees to learn more about their chosen profession from like-minded experts and individuals. We’re excited to announce that Program Framework will be exhibiting at the event as a Silver sponsor, handpicked especially to advise attendees on the businesses that can directly help their PMO. Continue reading >>
Creating sustainable change within an organisation requires time, effort and commitment, but it also requires an understanding of the steps required in order for change to take place. The two key disciplines for this are project management (PM) and change management. Continue reading >>
We’re excited to announce that Program Framework will be exhibiting at the Chief Strategy Officer Summit in London at the end of this month. Held on the 26th & 27th of April, the event promises to be a fantastic opportunity to learn from industry thought leaders and explore the latest strategy trends across the enterprise. The CSO Summit – hosted by the innovation enterprise (IE) group – is sure to provide a variety of different approaches to the challenges that come from within the strategy function. Continue reading >>
Let’s take a moment to think about the importance of the Public Sector. The government, its departments, public corporations, municipal councils, agencies and other bodies are vital to the way we live. From healthcare to social housing and education to refuse collection; without proper management and conscious planning, the public sector can very quickly run into problems. And these are issues that could have an effect on thousands – if not millions – of lives. As members of the public, we are highly invested in these organisations, not least because we provide the income necessary for them to function. Continue reading >>
People have developed a whole series of expressions about overkill – a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’, a ‘bazooka to kill a fly’, or (as in Russian), ‘to shoot sparrows with a canon’. Overloading and saturating can be just as damaging as starving. This principle can be applied practically anywhere – from growing a plant to filling a vehicle engine.
In the workplace, this principle definitely applies to project management. Continue reading >>
Part 1: Introduction and behavioural
Do you ever look back on decisions taken and think, “Why did we do that?”; “Why did we choose that project?”; “Why did we believe that benefits case?”; “Why did make that decision?”.
Research has shown that many of the choices we make and decisions we take are impacted by social, cognitive, memory error biases. Your portfolio board is not immune from this. There’s no shame in it – we, as humans, all suffer (and are guilty of) bias to one extent or another. The purpose of this series of blog posts is to highlight this fact. By providing a little bit of education (which itself is a technique for avoiding bias) regarding biases, and showing you some techniques to help ‘de-bias’ yourself and your organisation’s decision making, by the end of this series you should have the tools and skills to make impartial and rational decisions. Continue reading >>
Since we last wrote about SharePoint 2016, Microsoft – on January 20th – announced the release candidates (RC) for SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server 2016, which are now available for download. This will be the final release of both the SharePoint and Project platforms in preview form before the full release in spring 2016. The Release Candidates have benefited from over 5,000 downloads of previous previews and the feedback gathered from these customers has helped to make these RCs high quality and largely feature complete. In fact, we don’t expect much change from now until the full release. Continue reading >>
Breaking up is hard to do. How do you know when it’s time to quit something and move on? Are you making the right choice? Or will you come to regret your decision further down the road? Sometimes the hardest decisions we have to make are the ones staring us right in the face. Of course, in business, we are faced with important decisions frequently and a company’s ability to make the right choices is fundamental to its ultimate success or failure. Continue reading >>