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Business Relationship Management (BRMP®) – The IT department’s “holy grail”?

21 June 2017   |   Portfolio Management, Project Management

Let’s face it, the IT dept. can do all the self-measuring and chest thumping they like to show how successful they are, but that only becomes true when their internal or external customers believe it. Off course the self-measures, COBIT audits and ISO conformance add value and promote efficiencies, but real effectiveness occurs when IT and business partners work together to maximiseIT value, often the most expensive resource area in the organization. The BRM role is a [...] Read more

Why all managers need to be able to facilitate workshops and meetings effectively

23 January 2017   |   Management and Business Improvement, Facilitation, Management and Business Improvement, Project Management

Why all managers need to be able to facilitate workshops and meetings effectively An overwhelming amount of literature and facts substantiate why managers adopt facilitative styles in progressive, synergistic organisations. The Snap Tech summary of these findings is simple. [/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Time for Strategic Facilitation or more Fury?

19 January 2017   |   Management and Business Improvement, Facilitation, Management and Business Improvement

Time for Strategic Facilitation or more Fury? Managing personalities and change are seldom drivers for a more participatory approach to problem solving.  If you’re stuck in this fury zone, Snap Tech International has a dynamic learning programme inspiring powerful facilitation strategies for those in leadership roles. Strategic Facilitation for Power Meetings and Workplace Interventions The facilitative leadership tools contained in Strategic Facilitation for Power Meetings and Workplace Interventions are designed to encourage those who believe [...] Read more

Project Management Tight Bikini Cut

3 January 2017   |   Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRINCE2, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Project Management

Project Management Tight Bikini Cut Project Management: More than a fashionable expense As South Africa becomes increasingly global, Snap Tech is seeing a rise in the demand for project management training that conforms to international best practice standards. The spend on Project Management training continues to rise, likely as a result of the field encompassing skills required for a business environment that shifts as much as stretch fabric. Businesses streamline and adjust according to perceptions [...] Read more

The Change and Transition Freeze: From Paralysed to Competitive

3 January 2017   |   Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRINCE2, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Project Management

The Change and Transition Freeze: From Paralysed to Competitive Tomorrow People Tomorrow’s leaders build on the value of sound change and transition actions, essential contributors to strategy fulfilment. Snap Tech shifts the fear of change to deeply inculcated competitive practice by exposing leadership to robust professional development opportunities. Entrenched project management principles can shift an organisation’s locus of control when members co own strategy fulfilment and the achievement of measurable benefits. Building organizational competency in [...] Read more

7 Ways that Developing Facilitation Skills Can Stimulate Innovation

12 September 2016   |   Management and Business Improvement, Facilitation

7 Ways that Developing Facilitation Skills Can Stimulate Innovation Developing a culture of innovation in your projects is easiest when project managers have excellent facilitation skills which aid concept development and bring creative problem solving to team environments. Here are 7 ways that developed facilitation skills can stimulate innovation in your projects: 1. Better facilitation skills yield more creative ways to develop concepts Old-fashioned brainstorming has its uses, but modern facilitation skills include more creative [...] Read more
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The 7 Worst Change and Project Management Fails to Avoid

8 August 2016   |   Project Management, Agile PM, Management and Business Improvement, Change Management, Project Management, PRINCE2, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Project Management, Risk and Benefits Management, Risk Management

The 7 Worst Change and Project Management Fails to Avoid The worst project management fails are costly and embarrassing to the companies and individual professionals responsible. Here are 7 change and project management fails to avoid at all costs: 1. Poor or partial planning Planning in project management is crucial. As the saying goes, ‘a goal without a plan is just a wish’. Yet adding detail too early, before proper control mechanisms and risk management is [...] Read more
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3 Must-Read Blogs for Portfolio Management

21 July 2016   |   Portfolio Management, MoP, PMO Support Offices, P3O, Portfolio Management, Project Management

3 Must-Read Blogs for Portfolio Management Project managers who design and implement Project Portfolio Management (PPM) based systems are always on the lookout for new benchmarks and elegant solutions to the problems they solve on a daily basis. It’s natural to look to the internet for fresh ideas and inspiration, but this creates a new challenge: Which blog to read during your valuable downtime? To make things easier, we’ve selected three PPM blogs that will [...] Read more
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8 Common Misconceptions about Project Management

15 July 2016   |   Programme Management, Agile PgM, Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Project Management

8 Common Misconceptions about Project Management Common misconceptions about project management easily derail projects that do not incorporate internationally-accepted standards of project planning, execution, control and closure. Here are 8 common misconceptions to avoid: 1. Project process is more crucial than implementers A smooth, well-planned project process is key. Without people making intelligent decisions around process, however, projects fail. Amanda Schupak, writing for the PMI, cites cases where insufficient expert engagement or inadequate skills development [...] Read more
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Agile success is up to a single Executive.

6 June 2016   |   Programme Management, Agile PgM, Risk and Benefits Management, Benefits Management, Risk and Benefits Management, Benefits Management, Managing Benefits, Programme Management

Agile success is up to a single Executive. Over many years I have come across numerous examples of both successful and unsuccessful project management implementations. Whether it was based on a PMBoK, APM or PRINCE2 method made no difference, they quietly thrived or noisily failed. The answer for a higher implementation success rate seems to elude many, in spite of all the conferences attended. Along comes Agile with all its flavours, into the mainstream of [...] Read more
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Thinking Agile? Where to from here?

6 June 2016   |   Programme Management, Agile PgM, Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile

Thinking Agile? Where to from here? Making the right choice for your personal career or business! At some point in your career, as with most people, you will reach point when you start asking yourself how you can develop your skills and best demonstrate your ability to a potential employer. Having formal certifications is an excellent way to do this and putting yourself ahead in the recruitment process remain imperative if you are looking to [...] Read more

Agile Programme Management ™ is the place to start

29 March 2016   |   Programme Management, Agile PgM, Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Programme Management

Agile Programme Management ™ is the place to start I realised this after delivering our recently launched Agile Programme Management™ training event to several senior managers who all had similar challenges in implementing an Agile framework. They voiced their main stumbling blocks, specifically: very limited involvement from the customer side; a poor understanding of Agile, even from the implementer; confusion around the Agile flavour to use; and Agile extremism, i.e. implementers and some project managers [...] Read more

Consider Risk Management from Every Perspective

17 February 2016   |   Risk and Benefits Management, Risk Management, M_o_R, Risk and Benefits Management, Risk and Benefits Management, Risk Management

Understand; manage & mitigate your Risk! Over the years the responsibilities assigned to accountable officers and managers have increased and become more complex. One of the most critical of these responsibilities is the enabling of an environment for the management of institutional risk. Within this environment, those accountable have to ensure both the effective functioning of risk management, as well as that the environment has an underpinning culture, discipline and structure that influences how strategy […]

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Benefits Realisation Drives Enterprise Project Management

2 February 2016   |   Risk and Benefits Management, Benefits Management, Risk and Benefits Management, Benefits Management, Managing Benefits, Project Management, Risk and Benefits Management

Benefits Realisation Drives Enterprise Project Management In an increasingly challenging economic and political landscape, shareholders and citizens want more value for money. They want benefits, and it is up to the project managers, business owners and senior politicians to actively and enthusiastically engage in the pursuit of identifying and realising quantifiable, visible benefits. /WHY DO WE NEED BENEFITS MANAGEMENT? A Benefit is defined as “the measurable improvement resulting from an outcome perceived as an advantage [...] Read more

Is the importance of facilitation skills being underestimated?

21 January 2016   |   Management and Business Improvement, Facilitation, Management and Business Improvement

Is the importance of facilitation skills being underestimated? In the days of the “Command and Control” workplace, facilitation was something utilised more in tough negotiation scenarios than in daily operations. Today, collaboration is the cornerstone of top organisations in both the public and private sectors, and experienced facilitators are essential in any successful company. Skilled facilitation in workshops is critical in enabling a smoother process for interactions in general, and with difficult teams in particular, [...] Read more
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