Top Tips & Basics

Top Ten Ways to Ensure Projects Fail

Focus has been helping organisations and individuals run projects more effectively for over 10 years. We never cease to be amazed at the basic mistakes made by organisations and project managers which cause waste on an enormous scale. High profile public sector projects such as the BBC Digital Media Initiative […]

Top IT Security Vulnerabilities – New ICO Report

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published a new report highlighting eight of the most common IT security vulnerabilities that have resulted in organisations failing to keep people’s information secure. The flaws were identified during the ICO’s investigations into data breaches which have resulted in penalties totalling a million pounds. […]

The Benefits of ITIL®

As a user or provider of IT services you probably know when Service Management is working (and when it’s not): –       IT Services which align with business priorities –       Known and manageable IT costs –       Increased business productivity and effectiveness We review a paper from Maggie Kneller which provides useful […]

PMBOK® Process Groups & Knowledge Areas

The PMBOK is the Project Management Body of Knowledge published by the Project Management Institute.  It underpins leading PMI project management qualifications such as PMP. The fifth edition of the PMBOK guide was issued early this year. It identifies processes that overlap and interact throughout the phases of a project. […]

PRINCE2 Certification Tips

You may well have spoken to Ela. She leads the booking and administration team at Focus. Ela recently took PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner. Her preparation time was minimal but she passed with flying colours. She shares her PRINCE2 certification tips: It’s been over 10 years since I graduated and nearly […]

Qualities of a Great Project Manager

Good project managers regularly deliver to agreed cost, time and scope. But what makes someone a GREAT project manager? We know them when we see them. They’re the guys you want on your next major project – but who are always in short supply. What marks them out as different? […]

How to Become an ITIL Expert

ITIL Expert is the highest knowledge based qualification in the official ITIL certification scheme. In 2012, 3,735 candidates passed the Managing Across the Lifecycle exam which is the final hurdle in the certification process. This was up 46% from the previous year. So what’s involved?  Many people still remember the […]

Virtualization Meets Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing and Virtualization are amongst the hottest topics in IT. We see growing demand for Cloud and Virtualization training courses but there is often confusion between the two. This confusion is very understandable as the latest generation of fully virtualized datacentres become a core component of both internal and […]

Project Success

Just what do we mean by Project Success – and what factors are most important to achieving it? There’s an interesting piece of research just completed by project consultants, Acando. They went to the trouble of contacting 43,000 people involved in projects – and received completed questionnaires from nearly 4,500. […]

Project Initiation

The quality of Project Initiation was identified by the National Audit Office (NAO) as being highly predictive of project success. The NAO report is based on their review of 40 major government projects in 2011. The NAO concentrates attention on five key elements: Purpose Are priorities and desired outcomes realistic […]