Podcasts – Parallel Project Training Blog | APM Project Management Articles, Information and News from ParallelProjectTraining.com http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:54:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Project Governance – Remember it Using “SADBET” http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/project-governance-remember-what-it-is-using-sadbet/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/project-governance-remember-what-it-is-using-sadbet/#respond Sun, 23 Dec 2012 16:58:35 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/?p=1738 Paul Naybour, Business Development Director at Parallel Project Training, talks about Project Governance; what it is and how you can remember it with a simple mnemonic. This short video is particularly useful as a framework for those preparing for the APMP exam. A full transcript of this video is given below.   [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9z9pIhDYNY[/youtube]   One…

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Paul Naybour, Business Development Director at Parallel Project Training, talks about Project Governance; what it is and how you can remember it with a simple mnemonic. This short video is particularly useful as a framework for those preparing for the APMP exam.

A full transcript of this video is given below.

 

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9z9pIhDYNY[/youtube]

 

One of the topics that people struggle with in the APMP exam is governance of projects. Governance of projects is about the oversight that the board of directors have of the management of projects. One way to remember what project governance is all about is with the mnemonic SADBET. SADBET stands for:

First of all STRATEGY – is the project strategically aligned with the goals of the organisation? So is it part of our strategy; does it fit with what we want to deliver as an organisation?

ACCOUNTABILITY – this is the second part of project governance. Have the accountabilities for the deliverables of the project been clearly defined so that we know, as a board, who is responsible for the execution and completion of that project.

The third part is DISCLOSURE – quite often projects are not totally honest with their status so having good disclosure means  that the Board will know what the status of the project really is and can decide if they want to communicate that to the external stakeholders or not.

Then there is BUSINESS CASE – is there a business case? Is it robust or is it a “rubber duck” project, as we used to call them; ones that just pop up and you can’t kill them – no matter what you do they just pop back up again!

EXTERNAL EVALUATION – is the project subject to peer review so somebody from outside the project comes in and looks at the project and makes sure it is still robust.

And finally, TERMINATE – is there a way to terminate a project that is no longer viable? Can we close out projects that no longer have a business case?

 

So SADBET is just a good way of understanding what project governance is all about – a framework that can help people when they are preparing for their exam.

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Who Are Parallel Project Training And What Makes You Different? http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/who-are-parallel-project-training-and-what-makes-you-different/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/who-are-parallel-project-training-and-what-makes-you-different/#respond Sat, 22 Dec 2012 15:28:02 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/?p=1735 I asked Paul Naybour, Business Development Director at Parallel Project Training, what makes Parallel different to other training providers; how delivering training has changed in recent years and what customers expect from a training course. A full transcript of this video is given below.   [youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYAY-H2Ev2k[/youtube]   Parallel Project Training is all about opening…

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I asked Paul Naybour, Business Development Director at Parallel Project Training, what makes Parallel different to other training providers; how delivering training has changed in recent years and what customers expect from a training course.

A full transcript of this video is given below.

 

[youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYAY-H2Ev2k[/youtube]

 

Parallel Project Training is all about opening up training to the people who couldn’t access it before. We do that by using lots of modern media so that people can learn in much more effective ways. For example, putting material on iTunes, making podcasts, publishing books – a few years ago if you wanted to do a project management training course it would involve 5 days in a class room and would cost you the thick end of £2,000. Whereas nowadays we give people the option to decide how to access that learning and at what cost.

 

What topics Do You Cover?

We do all of project management really – we do all levels of APM, PMI and PRINCE2 training so those resources are available for people to access as and when they wish to use them. People love the fact that they can listen to the programs on the train, or they can study at home from a book when they wish to.

 

Who Are Your Clients?

We have some really good clients such as the National Trust, who have some fascinating projects upgrading listed buildings and grade 1 scheduled monument. Network Rail who are a really good client of ours; they have some big changes underway that we are helping them with. Also The Prince’s Foundation for the built environment, which is Prince Charles’ charity, parts of the Ministry of Defence, Essex County Council and lots of other organisations.

 

What Do Your Customers Want From Your Courses?

Companies are quite often looking for the capability to deliver successful projects and you get that by working very closely with them in a partnership. So understanding their culture and designing courses that really improve particular topics in their organisation; so things they specifically need.

Individuals want to progress their career so they are quite often looking for more certification and qualification based training.

So you have both sets really…

The National Trust for instance is trying to put in a consistent framework that they say will save them £30m a year.

Whereas Network Rail, for instance, is going through a huge change programme and project management is vital for that. Parts of the MOD want to get more mature and more consistent in their delivery so we are helping them with that. Understanding exactly what the need is for each client is really, really important.

 

Has the way you deliver training changed?

Yes! The way we deliver training has dramatically changed – all the online resources: video, audio, e-learning, publishing books is all a lot easier than it used to be and all those modern learning resources people find much more accessible nowadays; so it has changed a huge amount. And also we originally thought that distance-learning would not be quite as good as a proper classroom course but actually we have found the opposite. The people who study via e-learning by themselves do better in the assessments and better in the exams because they have put their own time into the course and they have engaged in the material as well rather than being force fed it.

 

What is the Key Element That Parallel Project Training Can Offer a Business?

The key thing that we can offer a business is that we can, using cost-effective ways, improve your ability to deliver successful projects without taking people out of work and putting them in a classroom for a lengthy amount of time.

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APMP Configuration Management http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/apmp-configuration-management/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/apmp-configuration-management/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:25:09 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/?p=1726 In this video Paul Naybour, Business Development Director at Parallel Project Training, and hands-on project management professional, explains the importance of configuration management in certain types of project s and suggests a simple way to remember what the different steps and processes are to ensure configuration management is successfully implemented in a project. A full…

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In this video Paul Naybour, Business Development Director at Parallel Project Training, and hands-on project management professional, explains the importance of configuration management in certain types of project s and suggests a simple way to remember what the different steps and processes are to ensure configuration management is successfully implemented in a project.

A full transcription of the video is also given below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpJq0QzhmVI[/youtube]

One of the topics people struggle with in the APMP is configuration management and that’s because not many projects need the formal control that you get from configuration management; it’s about controlling the design and making sure that all parts of the design move together step by step. So it’s a technical process about controlling the drawings, bills of materials and the documents that constitute the design. So typical documents you would control would be the specifications: requirements specifications, functional specifications, and then all the drawings and the parts lists and the tests that go with those. It’s not just documents but everything technically associated with the project. The steps involved can be remembered by the mnemonic PICSA – not the same as the video company but almost.

 

P stands for planning – that’s setting up the configuration management system at the beginning of the project – it is usually a database or it can be a  filing system – and how we are going to number the documents, what version control process we are going to use, what document templates we are going to use – all that sort of stuff.

 

I is Identifying all parts we are going to control in this formal way – that will include all drawings, all the design documents and specifications, but not maybe the risk register, and not maybe the budget, and not maybe emails and letters so it’s the formal things associated with the design.

 

C is the configuration control that is controlling the changes that happen to documents by issuing a change request or raising a change request before any design document is changed and these might lead to a commercial change but it may, for example, be changing the colour of a wall from green to purple. This is not going to cost any more but it makes it fit with our corporate colour scheme so they are technical changes. And you can imagine there are lots and lots of changes that might happen in projects.

 

S stands for status accounting and that means making sure we are keeping track of all the changes; the changes that haven’t been done and the latest drawings, and which have been updated and which have not been updated.

And finally we need to make sure that all this information is aligned and make sense and that’s what A is:

A is auditing and that is checking that the configuration documentation all fits together and that we haven’t got any open change requests that haven’t been processed properly .

 

So that is configuration management and the simplest way to remember the process is with the mnemonic PICSA – P  I  C  S  A.

 

If you have any question for Paul or would like to share your own experiences of configuration management (good or bad!) then why not leave a comment?

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A New Standard for Managers of a Complex Project (APM Registered Project Professional) http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/a-new-standard-for-managers-of-a-complex-project-apm-registered-project-professional/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/a-new-standard-for-managers-of-a-complex-project-apm-registered-project-professional/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2011 12:25:08 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/a-new-standard-for-managers-of-a-complex-project-apm-registered-project-professional/ APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a pan-sector standard  for those able to demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader, who have the ability to manage a complex project and use appropriate tools, processes and techniques. This podcast made in partnership with the APM includes those responsible for developing the new standard and those who…

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APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a pan-sector standard  for those able to demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader, who have the ability to manage a complex project and use appropriate tools, processes and techniques. This podcast made in partnership with the APM includes those responsible for developing the new standard and those who have been through the RPP process and are now RPP assessors. 

The guests include

  • John Zachar; APM product development manager for RPP, John has a wealth of experience in project management including the US Air Force.
  • Graham Hawkins (RPP); Manager of the APM PMO responsible for coordinating a number of projects across the APM including the launch of RPP. Graham was awarded RPP as part of the pilot group and is now and RPP assessor.
  • Neil Mooney (RPP) Training Director of Provek was also awarded RPP as part of the pilot group and is now and RPP assessor.
  • Paul Naybour, host of the Parallel Project Training podcast channel.

In this episode you will learn

  1. What is the Association for Project Management?
  2. What is the Registered Project Professional Standard?
  3. How Registered Project Professional with give your organisation a competitive advantage?
  4. Why should I apply?
  5. What is the application process?
  6. What other sources of information and support are available.

Both Provek and Parallel Project Training have employees who are RPP assessors and can provide advice and guidance on how it can be used to support project management development in organisations. Please contact either the APM for more information about this new standard.   

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APMP_Distance_Learning_Course http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/apmp_distance_learning_course-2/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/apmp_distance_learning_course-2/#respond Tue, 17 May 2011 19:05:09 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/apmp_distance_learning_course-2/ APMP Project Management Distance Learning overview from Parallel Project Training We will support you all the way during your course with the following materials. Our highly acclaimed printed study guide with 275 pages, 75 high quality figures, sample exam questions and exam hints and tips. Eight on-line e-learning modules which are closely integrated with the…

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APMP Project Management Distance Learning overview from Parallel Project Training

We will support you all the way during your course with the following materials.

  1. Our highly acclaimed printed study guide with 275 pages, 75 high quality figures, sample exam questions and exam hints and tips.
  2. Eight on-line e-learning modules which are closely integrated with the study guide. Try demo
  3. A wide range of MP3 audio podcasts available direct on iTunes or from the Parallel Website. Try sample here
  4. On-line tutor support via our community of practice. Visit the forum here
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A New Standard for Managers of Complex Projects (APM Registered Project Professional) http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/a-new-standard-for-managers-of-complex-projects-apm-registered-project-professional/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/a-new-standard-for-managers-of-complex-projects-apm-registered-project-professional/#respond Tue, 17 May 2011 11:55:26 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/?p=1309 APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a pan-sector standard  for those able to demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader, who have the ability to manage a complex project and use appropriate tools, processes and techniques. This podcast made in partnership with the APM includes those responsible for developing the new standard and those who…

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APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a pan-sector standard  for those able to demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader, who have the ability to manage a complex project and use appropriate tools, processes and techniques. This podcast made in partnership with the APM includes those responsible for developing the new standard and those who have been through the RPP process and are now RPP assessors.

The guests include:

  • John Zachar; APM product development manager for RPP, John has a wealth of experience in project management including the US Air Force.
  • Graham Hawkins (RPP); Manager of the APM PMO responsible for coordinating a number of projects across the APM including the launch of RPP. Graham was awarded RPP as part of the pilot group and is now and RPP assessor.
  • Neil Mooney (RPP) Training Director of Provek was also awarded RPP as part of the pilot group and is now and RPP assessor.
  • Paul Naybour, host of the Parallel Project Training podcast channel.

In this episode you will learn

  1. What is the Association for Project Management?
  2. What is the Registered Project Professional Standard?
  3. How Registered Project Professional with give your organisation a competitive advantage?
  4. Why should I apply?
  5. What is the application process?
  6. What other sources of information and support are available.

Both Provek and Parallel Project Training have employees who are RPP assessors and can provide advice and guidance on how it can be used to support project management development in organisations. Please contact either the APM for more information about this new standard.

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APMP Distance Learning Course http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/apmp_distance_learning_course/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/apmp_distance_learning_course/#respond Sun, 10 Apr 2011 20:02:04 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/apmp_distance_learning_course/ APMP Project Management Distance Learning overview from Parallel Project Training Similar Posts:APMP_Distance_Learning_Course APMP Distance Learning Project Life-cycle

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Budgeting and cost management http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/budgeting-and-cost-management/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/budgeting-and-cost-management/#respond Tue, 08 Feb 2011 06:06:24 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/budgeting-and-cost-management/ This podcasts covers the management of budgets in a project including accruals, commitments and accruals, planned and variance analysis. Hints and tips for controlling actual expenditure and forecasting work and cost to come. This is part of our Parallel Learning System as part of our APMP Training Similar Posts:Podcast – Earned Value Management APM Project…

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Resource Management http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/resource-management/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/resource-management/#respond Tue, 08 Feb 2011 06:06:21 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/resource-management/ This podcast described the different types of project resources, how they are acquired, planned and managed. It is part of Parallel Learning System and support those preparing for the APMP qualification Similar Posts:Podcast: APMP Module 3.6 Project Office Project Procurement Podcast – Earned Value Management APM Project Managment Body of Knowlege Section 3.6

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Project Scheduling http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/project-scheduling/ http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/project-scheduling/#respond Tue, 18 Jan 2011 06:13:44 +0000 http://blog.parallelprojecttraining.com/podcasts/project-scheduling/ In this podcast we examine the steps involved in developing a project schedule, the advantages and disadvantages of using software tools to develop a project schedule and the different forms of presentation that can be used to display a project schedule. This podcast is part of our APMP project management training course. This includes a…

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