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How do I set up a programme organisation?

MSP Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners has been written specifically for you (the SRO), full of helpful advice to make your hectic life easier There are many reasons why programmes fail, but failure to grasp the scale of the change being delivered and weak leadership of the programme teams are often contributing factors. As […]

Programmes without blueprints are like ships without keels

Is your programme exhibiting any of these characteristics Project issues dominate the programme board Unidentified risks start to materialise a bit too quickly Benefits are rarely discussed The BCM lacks authority or purpose Many uncontrolled or unclear dependencies between projects and other initiatives start to manifest themselves Decision making is ad-hoc, reactionary or just slow […]

Thameslink – the incredible journey

Here is an article from our archives that we thought would be an interesting read into the lessons of one of the most complex programmes delivered, yet failed to hit the headlines, which was probably a good thing, as it is only bad news that hits the headlines!! Late 2016, we were commissioned to write […]

Benefits Management in a Nutshell

Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director (and lead author of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) talks about Benefits Management. In this video, he focuses on how benefits should work and provides helpful hints on elephant traps you don’t want to fall into Hope you enjoy! Visit and Subscribe to our NEW YouTube Channel […]

Guiding principles of benefits management

During our work to support organisations deliver benefits driven change, maturity assessments and adopting programme management, we have become aware of a number of underpinning principles that are common amongst organisations that are successful. Here are a few key pointers that we hope will help you along Please click here for the guiding principles of […]

Free Programme Management Interactive Executive Briefing!

This interactive briefing outlines the key concepts of programme management and the principal roles and themes that make programmes distinctive from portfolios and projects. It is in the form of an interactive PDF to make it a little bit more interestting Right click and save as this link to download the interactive briefing, please view it […]

Programme Management Business Case in a Nutshell

Rod Sowden the Aspire Europe Managing Director (and lead author of the current versions of MSP® and P3M3®) talks about the Business Case works at the programme level. Hope you enjoy! Visit and Subscribe to our NEW YouTube Channel here MSP® and P3M3® are [registered] trade marks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. […]

Fresh Look: Programmes without Blueprints

Fresh Look: Is a series of articles taking a look at common topics to try to come up with some new ideas and insight into problems that seem to repeat themselves across many organisations. Is your programme exhibiting any of these characteristics? Project issues dominate the programme board Unidentified risks start to materialise a bit too […]

SRO Survival Guides extract – Vision and Blueprint

MSP Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners has been written specifically for the SRO, full of helpful advice to make your hectic life easier There are many reasons why programmes fail, but failure to grasp the scale of the change being delivered and weak leadership of the programme teams are often contributing factors. As they […]

NAO insight into major programmes

This is a really interesting article posted on the  NAO blog that looks at the major lessons from programmes and projects in the last few years. A systematic look at major programmes The depressing thing is that most of the causes of failure are really well known and documented and yet we still keep making […]