The Aspira Project Excellence framework is a ‘best of breed’ amalgam of project management techniques, drawing from the four global Project Management methodologies, namely:
- The Project Management Institute is the largest PM professional body in the world, and publishes the PMBOK (PM Body of Knowledge) every four years. This publication represents the best practices across different sectors, formalised into a comprehensive methodology. Aspira are certified by the PMI as a Registered Education provider. The Aspira founders have served as President of the Ireland Chapter PMI and play an influential role in the global body
- Prince 2 – is a standard that was initiated in the UK and is prevalent in certain sectors of industry. It complements the PMI standard well and is more prescriptive in certain areas, with a heavy emphasis on the creation of a detailed Project Initiation Document. Aspira have a ten year history of delivery in PRINCE 2 environments and have a large cohort of PRINCE2 certified practioners.
- The International Project Management Association (IPMA) is an international PM organization with a well-defined and mature PM competency model. A number of Aspira staff have completed IPMA certification at different levels and has served on the faculty of the IPMA representative body in Ireland.
- Agile – Aspira has a history of delivery of projects using Agile – primarily using the Scrum methodology. Contrary to popular belief, being Agile does not give a license to run a project ‘by the seat of your pants’. Instead there are specific roles, responsibilities and artefacts that are required in order to deliver Agile projects successfully. Aspira deliver Professional Scrum training leading ti Certification by the global Scrum.org organization.
The APEX framework was created because over years of consultancy, we identified that in many cases a hybrid approach was required to manage projects. Rather than adopt any one methodology religiously, we found that taking a ‘broad church’ approach was much better for some clients. For example, we have found that for large projects, supplementing the PMI’s Initiating/Planning/Executing/Controlling.
Closing was necessary by incorporating a PID (Project Initiation Document) from the Prince 2 method. For software development projects, incorporating elements from the Scrum methodology can be very useful to expedite the creation phase. For an organization where multiple people are asked to lead projects in a part-time capacity, the IPMA competency model can be of great benefit in guiding those project leads.
When Aspira engage with a client, we bring our APEX framework, not as a ‘take it or leave it’ solution but as a menu, that we can use to select the elements that will work best for your project. Our client gets the immediate benefit from our ten years of development of the APEX model, and gets the confidence that Aspira will deliver using a consistent, repeatable framework that is based on the best of industry best practices.