Portfolio, Programme and Project Management consulting

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Business Integrated Governance

Business Integrated Governance (BIG) enables us to manage the journey from Main Board Opportunities, Threats, Imperatives and Goals to Objectives for change, Targets for operation and Challenges for innovation shared with Change Portfolio Leaders and Operations Heads. On from there, we can use portfolios to translate Objectives into a roadmap which through change will deliver benefit and strategic attainment with better governance and greater alignment of activity to goals. This will lead to efficiency and effectiveness in oversight, agility to respond to changing environment / opportunity / threat and greater strategy attainment with resources / finances allocated to the most important items.

Introduction slide show here. (play me)

Several independent consultants are collaborating on a service set that enables organisations that buy into the Core P3M Data vision to deliver it. We can do this by offering workshops / training to understand it, to support to develop a business case, to develop a roadmap, improve existing capabilities, support transformation and to assist with sustainment. We can support BIG organisations in every way - with simple advice, to mentoring / guidance, training and full-blown consulting support / programme management.

Here we explain the components, an engagement approach, an introduction to technology enablers and a discussion of first steps.


We assume delivery through programmes and projects alongside operations for collaboration on finance / resource prioritisation and management.

To do this we define a governance framework, indicate support / assurance assumptions and provide a data model for management dashboards that support performance management, forecasting and decision making. We provide a holistic, sensible approach to making this work.

WE ARE NOT prescriptive about delivery methods or tools. However whatever methods or tools you have – they need to enable good change governance with a single version of the truth. The BIG approach will deliver better strategy outcomes, greater business agility, increased staff motivation, lower management overhead and efficiency benefits.

Component outlines here. (play me)


Stakeholder concerns?


Business Integrated Governance is not a "local initiative".

The clue is in the name (BIG). That does not mean the process has to take for ever and deliver nothing and it does not mean that the material cannot be used for any initiative (larger or small).

We believe in the proposition that if you have a vision - your journey to a future state is likely to be smoother and more benefit laden than if you take a step then work out what next with no idea of end game. 

We also believe that unless we can identify a burning platform or an inspirational future - we will not get C Suite 'air time' to present the proposition. Ideally - we need both. Every key stakeholder group needs to know what’s in it for them too.

Being sensible - we should make a case for a little funding to make a proper business case, so we have some budget to properly address the problem, outcome, benefit chain. If we try to scrape a Full Business Case together with no support / time - it won't be very good.

Being sensible again - We therefore need a roadmap - that shows what, to who and when. "Broad and Shallow", "Narrow and Deep" - or perhaps somewhere in between?

Once past business case, there will be some enablers to get ready. After the key enablers are in place, we should become more agile in our delivery, and work through the objectives we set and refine them as we learn. We also must think about adoption resources and sustainment post the glow of the novelty that harmony and coherence brings. We plan benefit realisation, see benefits, and promote them if we are to continue to on our way - as is should be.

Discussion of engagement approach here. (play me)



Business Integrated Governance is focused on the governance, the dashboards and reports needed, and therefore the data underpinning it. You may already have diverse technology solutions, but just need the essential governance data pulled together?

Our experts can understand your current data framework and Business Intelligence strategies, map out what you have where and provide a BIG data / integration solution. We do not espouse large system implementation or integrations – we believe that we should allow tools / methods of choice to be used on the proviso that we can pull governance data together – and from spreadsheets if necessary.

We can work with your existing suppliers, provide expertise, and engage our data and integration partners to arrive at a technology solution that meets your BIG needs.

That said - we are currently working with people to create Core P3M Data Model PoCs (for a number of technology scenarios) which have:

 - a standard data model to aggregate your P3M (and related) data around

 - a COTS integration tool - to enable you to link your existing data sources to the data model via configuration not customisation

- ability to configure loading of enterprise reference data / my specific coding schemes etc.

 - standard reports - orientated around the MI definitions in the Core P3M Data Club outputs.

For an introduction to the Technology service, there is a Slideshow with more information here (play me).

BIG Data


We understand that some organisations have depth of expertise and experience within them and do not need Management / P3M Consultants. Instead they would like to learn more about the work of the Core P3M Data Club and would like to implement it for themselves.

We encourage people to join the club, and to network and add value to the community. To date, 61 people have contributed, and the more that do, the better the materials will be.

All the released material is on-line and there is a lot more that is in development or just not published that enrich and exemplify what has been released.

A good way to quickly assimilate the Core P3M Data Club outputs and the Business Integrated (P3M) Governance principles is to run an internal workshop attended by one of our trainers / consultants. Not only can all the relevant material be covered, but its application can be discussed too.

Sessions of 1-5 days are available, depending on the depth of material coverage and application ideation support needed.

BIG is not really a game

First Steps

These very much depend on who you are, where you sit in the organisation, the problem you have or the desirability of your vision and benefits.

Some stakeholder groups will:

 - be at a level to mobilise finance / resources, and to inspire (or coerce!) stakeholders into collaborating.

 - be at a level to mobilise some finance / resources, and to inspire some stakeholders into collaborating.

 - not have finance / resources but may be able to inspire some stakeholders into collaborating.

The trouble begins when you have several / many groups in the third category, and the ecosystem is then a mish mash of partial solutions in protected domains. You may be at the top of that slippery slope – or nearer the bottom. Being near the top means a solution is perhaps reasonably achievable, being near the bottom may mean a holistic solution will be really difficult – and a senior sponsor may not want to take that on.

Hence, whoever you are – we propose the following early steps

1. Stakeholder engagement. Who has a problem solved by or a goal / interest in the BIG vision?

2. Viable vision. Can we persuade stakeholders that the BIG vision will help them?

3. Current State. What are the risks we see threatening achievability of the vision?

If you can't fund / do this small assignment - then the only possibility you have is yet another tactical approach that we suggested above was not helpful!

Outcome from this assignment: Stakeholders on board, outline vision and feasibility agreed. Budget for proper business case set aside.

Supporting slideshow here. (play me)

Building a coalition

BIG People

The Core P3M Data Club has nearly 200 members and it is still growing. The fundamental material it created was worked on or reviewed or advised by 61 people.

Within this group, some relationships formed between people who want to help organisations adapt and adopt the Core P3M Data Model and its related Business Integrated Governance Model.

Within this group there are company chairmen, directors, portfolio management consultants, management consultants, people specialists, Project / Programme Management consultants, transformation / change consultants, trainers, solution architects and developers.

Between us we can diagnose issues, condense opportunities, shape vision, build business cases and roadmaps, run engagements, consult on governance design, adapt existing toolsets / good practice, select toolsets, build / integrate technology solutions, set up support functions, mentor / guide.

Most of all, we enable our clients to connect from strategy to delivery and back again, devise effective and efficient governance / operating models, achieve measurable business agility and deliver more and better outcomes in harmony with business operation.

We are all happy to work on a joined up programme to deliver change / benefits / objective realisation, to provide specialist support in our areas of expertise or coach / mentor your people.

Link to profiles here.

Please contact us to chat over your current situation - we may be able to help for nothing, provide some mentoring, or a full blown consulting service.