Mon, 25 May 2015 15:21:27 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. 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. Win a Project Management Training Course Wed, 20 May 2015 08:30:34 GMT Over at A Girl's Guide to Project Management I'm giving away a Fast Track training course: it's an introductory one-day course for people with very little experience or formal training. This community is full of experienced project managers - this course won't be for you, but if ... Benefits Realisation: The Basics Explained Fri, 15 May 2015 13:04:39 GMT Benefits can either be certain and quantifiable (like generating more money) or less quantifiable (like improving employee satisfaction), according to Carlos Serra, who presented on the topic at the PMI Global Congress EMEA 2015 in London this week. “Benefits are a result of action and beh... How mature is your portfolio (and does it matter)? Thu, 07 May 2015 14:00:58 GMT   The PwC Global PPM Survey talks about the different levels of portfolio maturity. There are five levels: Level 1: Tactical At this introductory level investment decisions are made locally, and based on a case-by-case analysis. There’s no overall resource management and resou... What does it take to be a high earner in PM? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:08:56 GMT Align projects to strategy to maximise returns Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:06:12 GMT The fourth annual Global PPM survey from PwC highlights the fact that organisations use subjective information to make decisions about what projects go forward. That’s a kind way of saying that the executive team choose projects based on organisational politics and personal agendas rather than... A project budgeting calendar Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:34:00 GMT I could have also called this post: What money stuff do you do when? I should start by saying that it’s difficult to give you a complete rundown of what project budgeting activity needs to happen when in the month or whenever in your project, because each company is different. So this arti... 5 Tips for Better Project Estimates Wed, 08 Apr 2015 13:23:35 GMT When it sometimes feels that estimating is nothing more than a guess, how can you improve your results? Better project estimates means you are more likely to hit your deadlines and budget. It’s easier to manage stakeholder expectations because you aren’t constantly telling them you&rsquo... 5 Facts from Project Management Accounting Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:20:11 GMT