With the ever-increasing challenge on IT to deliver more with less, the ability to manage projects and multiple interdependent projects has fast become a critical requirement within IT. Project management is recognised across both the public and private sectors as a fundamental organisational capability. Projects involve a complex mix of people, technology, organisations and tasks. This will need good control, effective leadership, teamwork, resource management and, increasingly, will invariably lead to organisational change. There are many tools available to help with project planning and scheduling programs that provide real-time information, as well as linking to risk analysis, time recording, costing, estimating and other aspects of project control.
From Computing.co.uk There has been an increase in the number of companies who are either planning to move towards a DevOps way of working, are in the process of merging both functions, or have already merged both functions successfully, according to Computing's in-depth research. DevOps is the integration of developers ... read more..
From ZDNet Flexibility and evolution are two trademarks of successful IT, and as technology progresses at an even faster pace than in the past, traditional IT projects are changing as well. Larger, complex projects are becoming less of a focus and shorter, more sustainable efforts to drive change and flexibility ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk Rod Willmott, director of fast track in innovation at insurance firm LV=, says the company is now completing IT projects five or six times faster than it used to, and the difference, he says, is all down to the company's use of the Mendix app platform. Working on a range ... read more..
From TechRepublic For IT managers, tracking and improving workflows, while facilitating team efforts, can be difficult especially when working on several projects at once. Whether it's fixing bugs or monitoring development projects, the time spent organising and then executing is an intricate part of any time management strategy. Below are ... read more..
From ComputerWeekly.com With spending on IT increasing, businesses must prioritise the IT projects that deliver the best return on investment, according to analyst Ovum. Speaking at Ovum's Industry Congress (OIC) in London, Nicole Englebert, director of research and analysis at Ovum, recommended IT leaders prioritise projects that deliver the most return. 'Always decide ... read more..
From IT Pro The BBC has confirmed it sacked CTO John Linwood in July 2013 over the corporation's failed Digital Media Initiative (DMI), which attempted to change the way staff used, developed and shared multimedia material. The project, which was worth 98.4 million, was damned as a 'huge ... of licence ... read more..
From ZDNet Another day, another survey announcing disconnect between IT and the business. A new report from Forrester shows high levels of dissatisfaction on both sides, and suggests more 'integrated thinking' is needed. The sound bite coming out of a new survey of 474 IT executives conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf ... read more..
From IT Pro The shortage of skilled staff is an ongoing problem for many IT departments, despite the economy's poor performance over the last few years. Companies lack coders, testers and engineers, as well as the senior staff needed to implement and manage projects. But it is senior project managers who are ... read more..
From TechRepublic Having a higher rate of IT project failures could be good for your organisation, making it more efficient more rapidly. Businesses that experience a larger percentage of schemes that go wrong are likely to develop a culture of experimentation and should become more adept at identifying the likely success or ... read more..
From InformationWeek Depending on which consultancy you ask and what they're ultimately trying to sell you, the failure rate for technology projects is anywhere from 37% to 75%. I especially like the 37% not 35, but 37 because those extra two percentage points give the kind of false precision ... read more..
Time: 09:00 - 13:00 Location: VariousCost: Free of ChargeEnrol: Click hereOverview: Sapphire's Master-class in Selecting Implementing a new Financial Management System, is aimed at anyone who has at any point considered changing their financial solution but does not know where to start. Come along to this morning session where ... read more..
CIO, Tear Down This Wall!A quarter of a century after Ronald Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, one of the most famous symbols of division in modern history, the self-imposed wall between business and IT one of the IT industrys most hotly debated problems ... read more..
Date: Thursday 15th March 2012 Time: 09:00 - 13:30 (GMT) Location: London Cost: Free of Charge Enrol: Click here Overview: Sapphire's Master-class in Selecting Implementing a new Financial Management Solution is aimed at anyone who has at any point considered changing their financial solution but does not know where to start. Come along to ... read more..
Date: Thursday 26th January 2012 Time: 09:00 - 13:00 Location: London Cost: Free of Charge Enrol: Click here Overview: Sapphire's Master-class in Selecting Implementing a new Financial Management Solution is aimed at anyone who has at any point considered changing their financial solution but does not know where to start. Come along to this ... read more..
Date: Thursday 19th January 2012Time: 09:00 - 13:00 (GMT)Location: BirminghamCost: Free of ChargeEnrol: Click hereOverview: Sapphire's Master-class in Selecting Implementing a new Financial Management Solution is aimed at anyone who has at any point considered changing their financial solution but does not know where to start. Come along to ... read more..
A collection of recent NCC research, thought leadership articles, events, webinars and videos, to help those interested in professional development get up to speed with the key management issues in project, programme and change management.Good project/programme management is at the heart of successful IT service delivery. Project methodologies provide you ... read more..
Date: Tuesday 29th November 2011Time: 09:00 - 12:45 (GMT)Location: EdinburghCost: Free of ChargeEnrol: Click hereAgenda: Click hereOverview: Sapphire's Master-class in Selecting Implementing a new Financial Management Solution is aimed at anyone who has at any point considered changing their financial solution but does not know where to start. Come ... read more..
SharePoint The Business Collaboration Platform for the Enterprise and the Web, according to Microsoft - has enjoyed many years of steady growth. Its low cost, ease of use and almost endless applications make it an attractive proposition to IT departments, CEOs and project teams alike. Wikipedia lists some of SharePoints ... read more..
Ian Woodgate , MD Point Beyond, NCC Associate Consultant SharePoint seems to be everywhere these days, but how are organisations using it successfully and how can SharePoint projects get derailed? In this session Dr Ian Woodgate, who has over 10 years enterprise SharePoint implementation experience, will be taking a look ... read more..
The Mint Hotel, Manchester, 6 July 2011Pressures remain on IT budgets and will do so for the foreseeable future it is time for organisations to think more strategically about the role and impact of technology to deliver true business transformation with improvements to the bottom line the current steady ... read more..
Managing application development, from Agile and cloud to embedded systems and mobile apps June 2011 Catalyst Application lifecycle management (ALM) is a process and philosophy as well as a software solution to support the process. After a period of relative stability, several factors are beginning to reshape ... read more..
St Leonards Hall, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, 14th June 2011 Agile project management practices are becoming a recognised standard in the software industry. Is this because agile techniques are so much better than the more traditional project management approaches or is it because the old project management methodologies dont work? The ... read more..
VDI - case study For Keystone, securing the continuity of our business and key applications is essential. Having survived the 2005 Buncefield oil depot fire (our headquarters were next door), we wanted to enhance our disaster recovery strategy and so looked at how our ICT infrastructure could improve business continuity, ... read more..
14 June 2011 Download the presentations Agile - The New World Order This seminar will demonstrate how you can introduce an Agile approach into your organisation: how to get the buy-in from the business, how to get the approval of the technical team and the steps you need to ... read more..
Watch the video at www.brighttalk.com/webcast/29001A study by the University of Worcester shows that nearly 60 per cent of businesses polled currently have no security policy in place and are ill-prepared to meet the real and increasing threat to their business information. The research also shows how businesses who fail to ... read more..
10 May 2011 Download the presentations This seminar will demonstrate how you can introduce an Agile approach into your organisation: how to get the buy-in from the business, how to get the approval of the technical team and the steps you need to take to make all your projects successful. In short, ... read more..
In this unique one-day seminar, Stephen Parry and Grant Rule take an in-depth look at how software delivers value to stakeholders, and how to design a system of work aligned to optimise the value delivered. The IT Function is well-placed to help organisations benefit fully from applying Lean principles. But ... read more..
09 February 2011 Download the PDF presentations Download the PDF flyer: Agile Project Management solutions from the NCC Agile - The New Standard Agile project management practices are becoming the standard in the ... read more..
Mint Hotel, Manchester, 26th January 2011The Lansdowne Club, Mayfair, London, 9th February 2011 In the current economic climate, Agiles iterative steps where chunks of work form stepping stones, allow for tangible hands-on ownership by the business as the software is built. This visibility to the business ensures deliverables are on ... read more..
26 January 2011 Download the PDF presentations Download the PDF flyer: Agile Project Management solutions from the NCC Agile - The New Standard Agile project management practices are becoming the standard in the software industry. ... read more..