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Business and IT alignment: the importance of being focused on the same goals – Part 1

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, ITWinners is a consulting and education company founded by Gary Hardy. Focusing on the learning and development of people in enterprises linked to business strategy, their goal is to deliver business value from skills development and to facilitate adoption of improved working practices by coaching and guiding people at work.


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Raising the Bar on Benefits Management

Let’s be realistic – benefits don’t just happen; benefits don’t just get realized by themselves.  In fact, benefits from programs and projects are often not realized unless they and the required business changes are proactively managed during and typically post-initiative closure.

We have all seen it, the dilemma when a program or project is closed out: resources, decision makers and funding are all disbanded, but the benefits are not yet realized.  Benefits take time, money and resourcing to be realized.  But whose role is it?  The project manager is onto the next project, other resources are consumed elsewhere and senior management’s attention is focused on the next challenge.


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The Importance of a Good Business Case

The UK has over 900 public sector organisations, with each typically planning and procuring around 10 key investments every year. As vast amounts of money are being invested around the country on new projects, a number of questions arise: How can we ensure value for money? How can we ensure we have selected the correct course of action? How can we ensure these investments are justified?

The answer lies in the business case. Business cases should provide scrutiny, ensuring that what is proposed is:


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Raise the bar: Prove your technical competence with an accredited certification


9th June is celebrated as the World Accreditation Day (#WAD2017) internationally and so we at APMG are taking this opportunity to drive the importance of what we do best, accreditation!

Accreditation is a formal recognition by an authoritative body of the competence to work to specified standards. All accreditation standards include the principles of quality management systems, such as those found in well-recognized the ISO 9001 QMS standard. ‘Source: Planning and Building Control Today.


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The Symbiotic Relationship Between COBIT 5 and NIST CSF


Take three things:

1. Legislative requirements.
2. The Cyberworld.
3. Running a Business.

They are a disaster awaiting to happen unless we have a clear understanding of what is needed to achieve:

• Legal compliance.
• Cyber threat management.
• Crisis and business continuity responses.

They have been around for a long time in some shape or form. Why mention them again, now?

Because legislation is becoming more stringent, compensating for the fast-moving developments in IT that favour the criminal at the expense of people and business.


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ISO/IEC 20000 – Reporting

ISO/IEC 20000

There is one clause in ISO20000-1 for service reporting but there are also other places where there are requirements to report. This blog tries to summarise the requirements.

The service reporting process

The service reporting process, clause 6.2, in ISO20000-1 covers some general requirements about reports and then specifies 5 mandatory reports.

The 1st requirement is to list the service reports produced with their identity, purpose, audience, frequency and details of the data source(s). This can be done in a simple spreadsheet or in a more complex document if that is more suitable to your environment. It is a useful exercise to consider what reports you do produce and if they are really required. Many organisations have reports that have been produced for many years but may no longer be relevant.

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Agile Organisational Change Management: Fashion or Future?

I’ve been working with a couple of organisations over the last months providing assistance with some organisational change stuff. The number of questions from many people across the organisations is mainly about implementing Agile Organisational Change.


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Why I like PRINCE2 Agile®

I have been working with PRINCE2® before it became PRINCE2 and for the last 10 years I have been a PRINCE2 trainer and consultant so I am already sold on PRINCE2. I have also been a software developer and used agile development methods and have never seen the two as being in conflict. The PRINCE2 Agile guide has been created to provide guidance for blending the PRINCE2 project management approach with agile delivery methods. The PRINCE2 Agile approach brings together the strength of PRINCE2 and the flexibility of agile delivery methods that can be used across all industry sectors.

PRINCE2 Agile is not a replacement for PRINCE2. All elements of PRINCE2 are valid within PRINCE2 Agile. It is an extension to PRINCE2. The guide gives advice and guidance on agile behaviours, concepts, frameworks and techniques that can be used within a project context.


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How COBIT 5 can help reduce the likelihood and impact of the Top 5 Cyber threats

2017 is here with cyberbreaches increasing, with their impacts rippling ever further into business and personal life.

Are these threats too big to manage? Is cyberthreat management the Elephant in the Room?

Cyber-resilience needs to be on the board agenda but still too many boardrooms prefer to manage the risk with the Ostrich Control – hoping it will go away – exacerbated by the fact that security budgets continue to grow whilst answers to how much and what to target remain aloof.

The trick is to assess causes, how and where they manifest themselves, then define impacts and outcomes before choosing the appropriate controls. Simple in theory, a nightmare in practice because so much now is outside the direct control of our organisations. Originally, we talked about Risks because of our ability to identify, assess and control them as they were mainly of internal origin. Those remain, and still need to managed, but we also have a range of external issues over which we have no control in terms of origin, when, where, how, who. The game has changed from Risk (internal) to Threat (external) Management.


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Zwinne metodyki oraz frameworki zarządzania projektami

Tradycyjne, kaskadowe zarządzanie projektem sprawdza (a raczej sprawdzało) się w warunkach dużej przewidywalności, stabilności oraz dużej świadomości Klienta, co do własnych oczekiwań.

Tradycyjny model prowadzenia projektów ma wiele zalet, do których możemy zaliczyć:
• kładzie nacisk na precyzyjne ustalenie celów,
• kontrolę i przewidywanie działania (kroków projektowych)
• jasną, dostępną i aktualną dokumentację


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