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Posted by: on August 1, 2022

Unpacking Stakeholder Management

Last week, I finally managed to take a much overdue ride on the Elizabeth Line or, for those of us who have worked on the project, what will be forever and fondly known as Crossrail. For such a long time, those of us who have contributed to the project held our breath as the programme […]

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Posted by: on February 10, 2022

A Program Manager’s Guide to Understanding and Addressing System Complexity in...

Ask any group of Program Managers the question “What’s the hardest part of launching a major digital payment program?” and you’ll get answers related to complexity. The expectations for the role are changing. Traditionally, Program Managers organise work, document, manage risk, and coordinate stakeholders. Then ask, “What should these leaders be doing?” First, they must […]

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Posted by: on January 7, 2022

Cohort Chats: Siji’s SBS Story

Get to know one of our MSc in Major Programme Management current students, Siji Sowonola, by reading about his background, aspirations, motivations and plans for the future in an interview conducted by fellow classmate, Alexander Nowak. Generations through Oxford Expectations. Standards. Aspirations. Dreams. Being an Oxford scholar bears their weight of without respite, so how […]

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Posted by: on November 2, 2021

Module One: How to not panic manage your first assignment

Life on the MMPM is about balance, with full-time job and family duties locked in a tug-of-war with academic responsibilities without respite. Hardly breaking news. Nevertheless, how does a battle-tested project manager and major programme management aspirer fall victim to dipping into the trappings of resorting to time panic management principles? A little misbalancing here, […]

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Posted by: on September 15, 2021

Module One: A ‘Rigorous’ Application of the Temporary Organisation Design (T...

Time. Task. Team. Transition. After an incredible 96 hours (plus a 48 bonus via our Gateway) of living the 4 Ts of Module One, the MMPM13 cohort has wrapped up its first hybrid week of the programme. It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey; a steady building of anticipation and theorizing and subsequent crescendo of […]

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Posted by: on September 1, 2021

Reassessing the meaning of life under COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed our lives fundamentally and irreversibly. As its ramifications continue to upend our lives, I have learnt to appreciate the silver lining under these circumstances — the opportunity to consider my life holistically and re-evaluate my mission and purpose. This re-evaluation encouraged me to revisit my past, and I was […]

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Posted by: on February 25, 2021

Responding to these extraordinary times

2020 was an extraordinary year by many measures. Our whole planet had been impacted by a pandemic and there was a lot of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty around us. I recall conversations with friends, family, and peers where the sense of disbelief about the events was overwhelming. Consciously or unconsciously people kept looking for an […]

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Posted by: on December 8, 2020

MMPM20 Cultivating our experience around the world, together

Coming from Australia to join the MSc in Major Programme Management, I was very aware of the experience of travelling to the UK, and to Oxford and that indeed meant about a 20-hour flight each way. It also meant the perfect escape time to immerse in readings for the MSc MPM course. Right now though, […]

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Posted by: on September 24, 2020

To the Oxford MSc MPM Class of 2020…

My thanks to Brandon de Leon who provided the inspiration for this post via the simple question as to tips and tricks to maximise the Oxford Major Programme Management experience. In true Oxford style (courtesy of having been on Cohort 1 in 2009), I’ve set my answer out in 1,310 neatly presented words, but (also an […]

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Posted by: on July 30, 2020

MMPM11 United by Covid-19 in unanticipated ways

The rally cry went out to the MSc in Major Programme Management Cohort 11 class on May 27, 2020: “In the interest of bonding and as an incentive to exercise, you are invited to participate in the “Cohort 11 5K!” Date: July 12-17, Place: Wherever you are. The response was immediate and thunderous (or at […]

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