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Posted by: on March 15, 2018

Major programme risk management explained by kitchen table poker

Major Programmes are large scale initiatives that have the potential to impact millions of people, can take a decade or more to complete and cost upwards of a £1bn. Kitchen poker takes a couple of days to organise, is done in an evening and has a budget that equates to roughly pizza and beer for […]

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Posted by: on March 1, 2018

Transformation Address at Pembroke College, Oxford

(Farewell speech to fellow cohort members, end of Module 8, Feb 2018. Edited for publication) “Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Thank you for permitting me to speak to you tonight and share my thoughts on the Oxford experience, how it shapes our personal transformation, and the lessons learnt. Like many of you, we […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2018

Mastering Scaling: Lessons from the Oxford MPM Conference

Innovation Must Not Diminish your ‘Business as Usual’ Function . . . However Innovation is Vital for Survival. In this present rapidly evolving and competitive landscape all businesses across all sectors are now being disrupted by digital evolution, that includes Major Programmes. How is it that some organisations are getting this right?  It is often […]

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Posted by: on February 24, 2018

Direct from the Oxford MPM Conference 2018

It’s an exceptionally cold morning here in Oxford, however I have made my way to a very warm Oxford Said Business school. Here it’s bustling with conference goers – professionals and scholars from around the world and across many sectors. They are here to dive into the 2018 Major Programme Management Annual Conference. I am […]

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Posted by: on January 25, 2018

Why I studied for a Masters in Major Programme Management

Last week, I quietly update my LinkedIn profile, adding my newly-awarded MSc from Oxford. Looking at other posts, I see that was a very old-fashioned and low-profile approach. Rather than act out of character, let me explain why I studied for a Masters in Major Programme Management. Recruiters were turning me down for interesting work […]

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Posted by: on November 30, 2017

Polishing pearls: six tips for your first assignment

It was the final pop-up message. I decided to read it although I already knew what it was going to say [to the tune of the 1996 smash hit, “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls] “Now… tell me if you’re sure, if you’re really really sure?”. It was now beyond doubt; my brain was totally frazzled. […]

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Posted by: on October 30, 2017

What the [Sub] Fusc are you wearing?

I looked around. There was nothing heavy within reaching distance. I decided to take the plunge. For probably the fifth time in as many days I asked my wife the most pressing question for the upcoming trip to Oxford, “So, you definitely think this grey suit is dark enough for Sub Fusc?”. The advanced risk […]

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Posted by: on October 6, 2017

I got in! Now to see where the rabbit hole goes

I’m sitting at my laptop surrounded by a pile of papers… on my left, the first draft of my formative assignment. The equivalent to a pre-season friendly that will no doubt show us how much work we have to do to start producing outputs worthy of a Master of Science degree from the number one university in the world*. […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

Rethinking financial management: a deconstruct and reconstruct in practice

Coming into my fourth module of Financial Management was unlike any course I have previously undertaken academically. I am convinced that my fellow cohort strongly identified with this perspective. Meeting and learning from Professor Paolo Quattrone is an experience of renaissance. I was immediately left with the impression that his teaching is the embodiment of […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

Module 4, and a trip down the Thames with the MPA

Upon reflection, May was a very busy month in the most satisfactory way. We have formed strong professional and personal friendships over the course of the last 10 months, supporting each other during modules and remotely. It is difficult to imagine a more hardworking, interactive and fun-loving group of people to be assembled in one […]

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