Project Governance, Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Planning

Does your Project Support Office need support?

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Implementing a PPM solution like Project Online has the potential of delivering significant benefit to your project teams, management and whole organisation. Increased efficiency, more timely and consistent information, improved resource utilisation, a more strategic project portfolio, and ultimately increased project success – a lot to aim for. Be aware though: The role of the Project Support Office (PSO or PMO) is crucial in turning this potential into reality.

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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 >>

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Microsoft release Project Online app: Office 365 Project Time Reporter

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The prevalence of mobile devices continues to shape how we go about our daily lives. According to the above article, no other technology has impacted us like the mobile phone. It’s the fastest growing manmade phenomenon ever, from zero to over 7 billion in about three decades, and it’s showing no signs of slowing. Continue reading >>

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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 >>

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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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Understanding Change Management

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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 >>

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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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Is your current Project and Portfolio Management solution out of date?

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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 >>