Office 365, Program Framework, Project Management Practice

The latest future of project portfolio management

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Technological innovation and the future share many parallels. Both are unpredictable, both are anticipated with enthusiasm by some (and with apprehension by others) and both come around faster than we ever think possible. The cloud and the great spread of connected devices and apps have transformed the way we communicate, collaborate, and accomplish our tasks. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Planning

Customise Microsoft PPM to your business needs

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We write a lot on this blog about the benefits of project portfolio management and what the right solution can do for your organisation. We usually focus on these positives from a business process point of view: how your project management office can incorporate vital data into its practice; have a broader, as well as deeper, view of a project’s resources; present complex information in a simple to understand visual format. And what that means for an organisation in a very practical way, i.e. how it can affect production, help you budget effectively, and provide a real ROI that will show up on your company’s bottom line. Continue reading >>

Office 365, Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Digital is upending the finance sector – grab the opportunity by transforming your business

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The term ‘paradigm shift’ is often overused in business speak for minor and frankly insignificant developments. However, in its correct sense, it refers to a wholesale change in how a society views science, religion, industry or any other major entity. While the phrase has become one of the main culprits for business jargon – given the huge pace of change in banking and finance in recent years, it’s not an over-exaggeration to refer to a paradigm shift in the sector. Modern banking – and the way society at large views the financial industry – has changed so much in the past decade, that it is now almost unrecognisable. Continue reading >>

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Counting down the days – WPC is right around the corner

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“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 >>

Program Framework, Project Online, Project Planning

An exciting two months ahead

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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 >>

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Discover new PMO techniques and ideas

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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 >>

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Office 365 Planner – is it for you?

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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 >>

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Avoiding cognitive biases in portfolio management decision-making

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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 >>

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Arup meets Tempus Resource

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Those of you who follow our blog will be aware of our work with Arup – the global design and engineering firm. We’re extremely grateful to have worked alongside them, as our partnership earned us the award for Best New Cloud Customer at the EMEA Partner Forum back in September. We’ve built many lasting relationships with the Arup team, which is why we’re even happier to learn that they have chosen to further improve their project and portfolio management (PPM) by investing in Tempus Resource – the resource management tool from our US partner, ProSymmetry. Continue reading >>

Office 365, Program Framework, Project Management Practice

Long term thinking: the flexibility of your investment in Office 365 Project Portfolio Management

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Flexibility is an interesting concept. For sports stars, its value might be their most important physical attribute – it’s essential for injury prevention as well as allowing for the highest level of performance. Flexibility is also interesting as a personality trait; i.e. the extent to which a person can cope with changes in circumstances, and consider problems and tasks in original, imaginative ways. This personality trait becomes relevant when stresses and unexpected events occur, requiring a person to change their outlook, attitude, or commitment. To round off, cognitive flexibility is the ability to switch between two concepts as well as simultaneously think about multiple concepts. Continue reading >>