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'Portfolio Delivery vs Governance' Roundtable Summary

This brief summary provides an overview of the core discussions that took place during the March Roundtable luncheon on the topic of 'Portfolio Delivery vs Governance'. Questions such as 'How is your project organisation structured?'; and 'Is your structure allowing you to plan with the business?' were explored.

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'Implementing Agile: how to introduce Agile into your organisation' Roundtable Summary

Adaptra's first roundtable for 2010 focused on the topic of 'Implementing Agile'. Led by Adaptra CEO David Phillips and including a presentation by Ian Gibson, Adaptra's General Manger Consulting and Application Services, the roundtable covered discussion points including: getting your organisation ready for Agile; 'big bang' versus 'incremental' methods of implementing Agile; how to scale up incrementally while continuously undertaking Agile pilots and ensuring all Agile pilots fit together.

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Agile Roundtable Summary

This roundtable summary offers an outline of the discussion around Adaptra's latest roundtable topic, 'Can you combine the forces of Agile and PMO'? Held in October, this roundtable was part of Adaptra's Agile Roundtable series, and discussed the critical question of whether the Agile approach can be congruent with PMO reporting and approval procedures. This brief summary provides an overview of the challenges identified by the Roundtable attendees, followed by the core discussions that took place during the course of the event.

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BPM Roundtable Summary

This summary offers an overview of the key discussion points of the latest roundtable luncheon held by TouchPoint, the business process specialists of the Adaptra Group. The roundtable was part of the series on Business Process Management (BPM) and discussed the topic of "Process before technology - taking control of the business processes". The summary covers topics including: attendee experiences of implementing systems and reviewing processes; encouraging organisations to embrace a BPM approach; why organisations are hesitant to take up such an approach; and how to convince executives of the importance of BPM.

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Implementing Agile in a Waterfall World Roundtable Summary

The Adaptra 'Implementing Agile in a Waterfall World' Roundtable summary is based on the latest two roundtables in Adaptra's successful roundtable series. Held in September, these roundtables focused discussion around key issues including challenges, approaches, benefits and readiness.

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Mistaking Maturity: 10 common mistakes you should avoid about Project Management Maturity

A lot of organisations think they know what it means to be mature, and are so keen to achieve 'maturity' that they don't recognise that they are making basic mistakes. What are, and what can you take away from, these 10 common mistakes?

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Maximising discretionary spend - how project portfolio management optimises returns

Following on from Adaptra's latest Roundtable series on Project Portfolio Management (PPM), this summary provides an illustration of the key challenges faced by businesses wanting to implement PPM. The major issues discussed at the roundtables included ensuring a successful implementation, how to obtain executive buy-in, prioritising work, utilising tools and using PPM processes to meet executive demand. The summary is divided into four key sections - Experience, Benefits, Tools and Demand - and provides a full outline of both the challenges being faced by leading organisations and the key ways in which these challenges can be countered with maximum benefit to the business.

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PMO leaders on Executing Strategy Successfully

'PMO leaders on Executing Strategy Successfully' provides insight into the thoughts, issues and dialogues raised during Adaptra's successful series of 'Executing Strategy' Roundtables. These roundtables brought PMO leaders together to engage with peers on how best to execute strategy, with a range of topics considered from the financial crisis to the most effective methods of implementing change management.

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Achieving more with less - use the power of Business Process Management in the current economic climate for your benefit

Written by TouchPoint BPM specialist Johan Nelis and originally published in 'BP Trends', this column advises organisations how to assess their current situation and improve their BPM practice. It offers key questions for businesses to ask themselves in order to benefit through the economic downturn with Business Process Management.

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Implementing Agile in a Waterfall World

In this whitepaper Adaptra explores and examines the principles, problems and promises of both the Agile and Waterfall methodologies, to help you discover which approach may be the right one for your business. The whitepaper also provides four important steps to assist in your organisation's transition to Agile.

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Executing Strategy Successfully: You've got a strategy - How successful will you be at executing it?

The development of a strategy is not enough to ensure success; it is the execution of that strategy that is most crucial. This whitepaper shows you how to focus on project execution to ensure the success of your organisation's strategies, and discusses the value of implementing and maintaining an effective PMO.

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Maximising PMO Effectiveness and Business Potential

A PMO can be essential in making sure that your projects are both aligned to your business strategy and effectively implemented. Discover five ways to empower your PMO to help your organisation to successfully execute its strategies and achieve its key objectives.

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The Living Systems - Seven secrets to achieve real business results by tapping into the power of your people

There are three key factors in Business Process Management (BPM) which create sustainable effectiveness and efficiency: people, process and systems. However, there is little available on making the most of the former. This document offers seven ways to maximise your people in order to achieve tangible business results.

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The Top 10 Causes behind Project Failures

Delivering a successful project that is within scope, schedule and budget can be highly difficult in an increasingly competitive business climate. Outlined here are 10 common pitfalls that lead to project failure and prevent the successful delivery of relevant projects.

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The Top 10 Causes behind CRM Project Failures

As more businesses become increasingly customer-centric, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are rapidly being incorporated into businesses as a critical corporate priority. However, a significant number of CRM projects result in failure. The Top 10 Causes behind CRM Project Failures offers 10 common causes of failure and how to avoid them.


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Re-energise your business and increase profitability using effective business process management

BPM is at the heart of an organisation; enabling the achievement of strategic objectives through the improvement, management and control of essential business processes.

This whitepaper discusses how to overcome the challenges of implementing effective business processes to transform your company into a high performance organisation.

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What makes a good Project Manager - the Adaptra view

An effective project manager ensures successful project deliveries for their clients - completing projects on-time and on-budget. This whitepaper outlines the eight essential characteristics that define an exemplary project manager

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