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Where Organisational Change happens…or not

How about starting with the premise that the most important person to anyone working in any type of organisation is each individual’s immediate boss or perhaps boss and one higher level colleague.

Using this as a starting point for effective organisational change management, a practical set of potential risk and issue challenges emerge.

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Why I like AgilePM®

It is a complete package incorporating enough structure to manage projects and an agile delivery method. You don’t need anything else to manage and deliver projects in an agile way. It is easy to understand and apply.

The Agile Business Consortium (formerly DSDM Consortium) is a not-for-profit organisation behind AgilePM. This approach is a result of 20 years of experience and based on continuous feedback from private and public sector projects.

Many agile approaches are based around ongoing product development and they are fine for that purpose. AgilePM recognises that a project environment is different from ongoing product development. It recognises that projects have a lifecycle and need to be investigated as to their strategic fit and a business case developed that defines the benefits and value that the deliverables will provide. The lifecycle in AgilePM encourages this through the Pre-project, Feasibility and Foundations stages.

The Agile Business Consortium philosophy is that any project should be aligned to clearly defined strategic goals and focus on early delivery of real benefits to the business. “Early” being the important word. An agile approach should start to deliver benefit earlier than a more traditional project management approach.

AgilePM has a defined lifecycle taking the project from early conception right the way through to benefits realisation.

Why I like Agile

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ISO/IEC 20000 – Update following International Standards Meeting November 2016


The International committee for ISO/IEC 20000 meets twice per year in May and November. The recent meeting took some key decisions about ISO/IEC 20000 as listed below.


Part 1: Service management system requirements

  • The revision process continues and this is due to be published in 2018

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Selling Agile to Senior Managers

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It can be very challenging trying to convince senior colleagues to adopt a new approach to delivering projects. This is particularly the case for Agile Project Management that challenges the traditional waterfall methods adopted by many organizations.

In this post I focus on some key recommendations for helping to persuade senior managers to move towards an Agile way of working.

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Engaging with those affected by Change: how to make it easier

By the time the C-Suite are good to go with the Change Programme, they’ve been thinking and discussing for some considerable time. There’s also been some conscious/unconscious expectation creation.

Additionally, there’s likely to have been some “leaks” about the coming Change Programme. This means those affected by the Change Programme are already forming opinions about the impact the programme will have on them.

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Good Data Protection Regime and the COBIT 5 Professional Guides

“Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and eBay hit by cyber attack” as reported by the FT on the 21st October. It appears to have been a ‘denial of service’ attack, not data theft. Two things: 1) can we be sure no data was taken? 2) do we know exactly where our data is to carry out post-attack assurance checks?

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Why is regular training and skills development so essential?

Let’s start by being clear about what this thing called training is:

Training is the activity of learning or teaching the skills and knowledge needed for a particular job or activity.’  – Cambridge Dictionary

To be able to do a job well you need to be shown how to do it correctly, whether you are, for example, a service desk analyst or a senior manager.

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‘The Apprentice’ Project Manager: a true representation?

How true to life are the so-called projects being managed by the so-called Project Managers on The Apprentice TV show? What problems do they encounter and how do they deal with them? How should they be dealt with and how would the PRINCE2 Agile® guidance handle things?

image source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/the-apprentice-candidates-meet-lord-sugars-new-intake-for-2016/

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Why so many business projects fail to deliver and how Managing Benefits can make a difference

Huge amounts of time and resource go into delivering projects, but how often do businesses reach the end of a project and realize it hasn’t delivered exactly what they set out to achieve?

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Good data protection regulation and COBIT 5

At the moment, we know that…..

  • …. Article 50 will be triggered by end March 2017.  That means….
  • …. The UK will exit the EU by end March 2019.  So….

…. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become UK law and apply from the 25th May 2018.  If you want the detail, look at the Reform of EU data protection rules and, along with other existing “European laws and regulations [, will] be transferred to British law upon our exit from the European Union.” (Forbes)

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