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Change your way of analysing a Business with the launch of AGILE BA®

13 March 2018   |   General

A typical analyst is involved in the design or modification of business  IT systems. The analyst interacts with the business stakeholders and subject matter experts in order to understand their problems and needs. The analyst gathers, documents, and analyzes business needs and requirements. Agile ways of working have necessitated business analysts to change their own ways of thinking. No longer communicating through elaborate documentation, becoming a multi-faceted and far more exciting role. The opportunity is […]

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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

Ignore the People Side of Change Management at your own Peril

10 December 2015   |   Management and Business Improvement, Change Management, Management and Business Improvement, Risk and Benefits Management, Risk Management

Ignore the People Side of Change Management at your own Peril When an organisation recognises the need for change management (and what organisation can afford not to?) and sets about implementing it, results in the current climate can often fall short of expectations. While change is seen to be installed and structures put in place, benefits aren’t being realised because change management is not being applied efficiently. So why is this? In a word, people. [...] Read more

Three Steps to Successful Benefits Realisation

1 December 2015   |   Risk and Benefits Management, Benefits Management, Risk and Benefits Management, Benefits Management, Managing Benefits, Portfolio Management, Risk and Benefits Management

Three Steps to Successful Benefits Realisation How many companies do you know that actively measure, track and report the benefits derived from projects and programmes? Possibly 1 in 8, at most, and yet the only reason we spend billions of project rands every year is to realise a gain on our investments, whether it’s an increase in sales or a new community clinic. Our business and delivery landscape has changed. It’s no longer OK to [...] Read more

The 10 Absolute Basics of Project Management

24 November 2015   |   Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRINCE2, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Project Management

The 10 Absolute Basics of Project Management Mario, a friend of mine, owns a business in a popular coastal holiday town where he sells, services and stores boats. He needs to build a new, larger facility to store his clients’ boats until they come down for their holidays. He has just a few months in which to build it, and must keep a close eye on the finances as well as the structural quality. Because [...] Read more

Is Agile the “Magic Solution” for Project Success?

30 September 2015   |   Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Programme Management, Project Management

Agile the latest buzzword; the new hype. Is it time for a PRINCE2 Agile combination? As an experienced PRINCE2® and AgilePM™ trainer, I have recently come across rather scary interactions with my delegates that indicates that their employers think Agile is going to magically resolve any issues faced in the past when it comes to successful project delivery. Nothing can be further from the truth. Since the introduction of PRINCE2 to South Africa in 2000, […]

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Best Facilitation Methods

2 June 2015   |   Management and Business Improvement, Facilitation, Management and Business Improvement

What are the best facilitation methods for running successful workshops and meetings? 2 June 2015   | Facilitation Training When faced with a business or project problem, have you been frustrated by the amount of unproductive time spent in time consuming workshops and meetings trying to define the problem and agree to a solution? Most workshop and meeting missteps are caused by the inability to clearly define what the processes are that the group should follow to solve the […]

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Agile Project Management: Combining flexibility with proven process for successful project delivery

16 March 2015   |   Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Project Management

Through the fast pace of change pressure builds to deliver greater value, making project management methods that are traditionally reliant on predictable, more stable environments, less effective. During this time the project management team need to respond quickly while still demonstrating control and reliability. What’s it all about? The Agile Project Management (AgilePM) certification is aimed at addressing the need for more agility, from those working in project-focused environments. Based on the proven fundamentals of one […]

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PRINCE2 ®: The world’s most popular project management methodology

9 March 2015   |   Project Management, PRINCE2, Project Management

PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2) is globally recognised as an effective method for project management. PRINCE2 provides a framework that incorporates disciplines and activities to ensure successful project delivery. PRINCE2 is widely used in over 150 countries with over 25 000 organisations, reaping benefits from its trusted approach. What’s it all about? PRINCE2 is a non-proprietary, international best practice, professional project management methodology with an associated qualification. It will help those running projects of any size […]

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Your programme management expertise can be enhanced with MSP certification

2 March 2015   |   Programme Management, MSP, Programme Management

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is an internationally accredited qualification designed to assist organisations in bringing about change on a large scale. It provides those involved in programme management with a best practice approach that can be applied to virtually any type of organisational programme. Practicing and aspiring programme managers will gain more knowledge about the leadership that is required, rather than just the management skills that they need. What’s it all about? Managing Successful Programmes […]

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Agile “scrum’s down” with PRINCE2 ®

18 February 2015   |   Project Management, PRINCE2, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Project Management

Are you wondering how to introduce Agile to your organization easily, without wasting all the effort and money that went into developing and embedding your current PRINCE2 based (or any other) project methodology in the first place? Read on and find the answer. Experienced PM’s know how to use Agile and PRINCE2. Experienced project managers do not get fixated about any particular methodology. They know that they can take the most appropriate component or element […]

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Business Case

What are the tell-tale signs of an effective business case?

13 February 2015   |   Risk and Benefits Management, Better Business Cases, Risk and Benefits Management

An effective business case is important because it justifies the viability of a proposed project or business undertaking; ensuring that it is the right investment, affordable, achievable, within the risk tolerances, and it offers value for money to shareholders and customers. A good business case provides the evidence to support high-level decision-making and also assures and informs the stakeholders of the responsible action that will be undertaken by the company. Business cases are not only […]

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Getting value driven results from project management training

3 February 2015   |   Project Management, Agile PM, Project Management, PRINCE2, Project Management, PRNCE2 Agile, Project Management

  We are spending millions on project management training. All private and public sector organizations invest a considerable amount of money in training, varying from a few employees a year to thousands, with many larger organizations running their own campus in addition to external service provider venues. Training budgets are considerable and getting larger. According to the 2011 ICAS report “Overcoming SA’s skills challenge”, South African companies were spending about 3% of their payroll on […]

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