Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:13:35 GMT The Money Files A blog that looks at all aspects of project and program finances from budgets and accounting to getting a pay rise and managing contracts. 5 Barriers to Effective Benefits Realisation Management Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:35:12 GMT I’ve written before about Carlos Serra’s great presentation at PMI EMEA this year. In this final article about my thoughts around what he discussed, I’d like to highlight the barriers he flagged that prevent organisations from effectively carrying out benefits realisation managemen... Commercial Awareness for Project Managers [Video] Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:32:59 GMT In this video I explain why project managers should be commercially aware.     Top Conditions for Project Success: Budget Focus Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:41:15 GMT The APM have recently produced a research paper about what makes projects successful, called The Conditions for Project Success. The 12 factors that “provide a framework for project success” are not likely to be things that come as a surprise: Effective governance Goals... 7 Books to Improve Your Projects Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:44:44 GMT Looking for something to read over the summer? I’ve picked six of my top choices from this blog and one bonus review so that you can choose the right book to improve your projects over the summer holidays. Most  of them are available as ebooks so you don’t need to worry about we... Brushing Up On The Basics Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:54:25 GMT I’ve spent a lot of time going through the PwC Global PPM Survey recently and there are lots of things in there that project managers can take away. The most important message – and this won’t come as a surprise – is that “the PM community needs to brush up on the basic... Tools and Roles for Benefits Realisation Management Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:08:55 GMT I really liked what Carlos Serra had to say at last month’s PMI Global Congress EMEA about managing the project management benefits processes and I have a few more titbits from his presentation to share with you today. One of the things I find the hardest about project management methods i... How to Prioritise Projects When It's Not About Money Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:30:30 GMT Prioritising projects is pretty easy when you can look at the business case and see which one is going to bring you the most return financially. Whether you’re looking at sales, profit, return on investment or some other cost benefit analysis the great thing about money is that it is tangible ... 5 Considerations for New Vendor Relationships Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:32:14 GMT In this video I talk about the 5 things that you should consider before you start a new professional deal or relationship with a vendor. How can benefits realisation be managed? Mon, 25 May 2015 12:18:17 GMT Earlier this month I wrote about Carlos Serra’s presentation on benefits realisation at the PMI Global Congress EMEA in London. He had some great practical advice about managing the benefits realisation process, the highlights of which I’ll share with you now. Carlos talked about the... 3 Reasons Why Business Cases are Essential Sun, 24 May 2015 13:00:27 GMT In this video I discuss the three reasons why you should write a business case for your project, even if you work in an organisation that doesn't normally pay much heed to that kind of paperwork.