Category Archives: podcasts

The Role of the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) published on 20/10/2015 by John Edmonds

Senior Responsible Owners are typically busy, senior executives and in addition to the projects they are sponsoring have many other responsibilities. So, how is it possible for a sponsor to complete their project or programme work and still have time for other duties?   John Edmonds looks at The Role of the Senior Responsible Owner

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Personal Mastery – podcast published on 24/09/2015 by Patrick Mayfield

In this podcast, Patrick Mayfield explains the genesis behind his design of this unique Personal Mastery workshop, why it goes far beyond just time management and how he believes it will help YOU to ‘get things done’.

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How Adults Learn – Podcast published on 18/09/2015 by Patrick Mayfield

We find those who recognise and acknowledge their skills gaps (the consciously incompetent), who have been in the fight longer and are more experienced, need ‘training’ less and are the most hungry to learn”.

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Taxing Vision published on 26/08/2009 by Maya Eadie

Why do most organisations find writing and communicating a clear Vision so hard? I have my theories, but I am always on the look-out for good ones, as I believe that good models help improve practice. David Gurteen, in his stimulating  blog quotes an interesting example from the UK Government’s tax authority, HMRC (Her Majesty’s

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“Accountable” – threatening or reassuring? published on 10/11/2008 by Maya Eadie

“Accountable” – threatening or reassuring? – Pearce MayfieldPearce Mayfield Is the word ‘accountability’ something you find threatening? For example, will you be ultimately accountable for the success or failure of the project you are about to commission? This topic of accountability has been a hot one in the British Civil Service where until recently. The

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Is the word ‘accountability’ something you find threatening? For example, will you be ultimately accountable for the success or failure of the project you are about to commission?

This topic of accountability has been a hot one in the British Civil Service where until recently. The culture of ‘accountability by committee’ meant that no one individual was willing to carry the can if things went wrong. This kind of unhelpful anonymity by individual senior government officials was blamed by some for the poor performance in actually implementing much of government policy. In fact, the Gershon Report specifically addressed this point and recommended that any change investment had to have an identifiable person to take ultimate accountability – the ‘Senior Responsible Owner’ in PRINCE2 and MSP.

Well, I was with a client recently from the not-for-profit sector. Whilst waiting or my slot to stand up and present during the board meeting, I was intrigued by another presentation from one of the client’s senior managers. Part of his plea was for greater accountability. His business unit was trying very hard to be strategic, that is to say, make sure they prioritised their work carefully so that it made the maximum strategic impact. My mind went to P3O and how such an Office could help him.

Here was an example of someone otherwise feeling starved of being held accountable, wanting their contribution to tell, but feeling rather at sea about it all. Some clear accountability in his case would have been very reassuring. So maybe accountability isn’t always something to approach with fear and trembling. Maybe it is good for the person accountable too.

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A Peek into the Learning Experience published on 30/06/2006 by Maya Eadie

A Peek into the Learning Experience – Pearce MayfieldPearce Mayfield Here’s a marketing conundrum: my company, Pearce Mayfield, offers training in project and programme management, particularly accredited courses in the PRINCE2, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and Change Management. How, then, do we differentiate ourselves from other, ostensibly competent competitors? Our dilemma is that ‘flat’ brochures

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Here’s a marketing conundrum: my company, Pearce Mayfield, offers training in project and programme management, particularly accredited courses in the PRINCE2, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and Change Management.

How, then, do we differentiate ourselves from other, ostensibly competent competitors? Our dilemma is that ‘flat’ brochures and the Internet equivalent br
ochureware really don’t convey the productive ‘buzz’ that is generated on our events.

So we commissioned a video. If you click on the graphic it will take you to the page on the web site where you can view the video. It is just a little over seven minutes long. It features David Martin, one of our close training associates, as well as my friend and colleague, John Edmonds. Towards the end, I attempt some words of wisdom.

The video was recorded and produced by Sheffield-based Tim Smithies. Tim was a one-time escapologist, conjurer, youth worker and PRINCE2 Practitioner; all essential credentials, I’m sure you’ll agree, for a good project manager.

Anyway, I’d appreciate your honest comments on the video.

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