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The web site for Robert Buttrick and Project Workout Limited
The web site for Robert Buttrick and Project Workout Limited


Fundamentally speaking . . . .

Here are four articles, adapted from lessons in Part One of the Project Workout, which set the scene for business-led project management. They might have been written a while ago but the messages remain the same today.

Business driven projects

Project Manager Today

Part 1concentrates on the business drivers for any project. It looks at ensuring the right projects are initiated to realize the benefits the business needs.

Why use a staged approach?

Project Manager Today

Part 2 takes us back to looking at why we need a staged approach to directing and managing projects.

Project lifecycles

Project Manager Today

Part 3 looks at three aspects of the project lifecycle.

Resourcing and appling project techniques

Project Manager Today

Part 4 looks at the problems of resourcing and applying project techniques.

Effective sponsorship

Research indicates that many projects fail “top down” due to a lack of effective project sponsorship. Here are some articles which highlight the key issues you need to take into account as relevant to day as when they were first published.

The sponsor as a business leader

Project Manager Today

Part 1concentrates the accountablility a sponsor has as a leader.

The sponsor's three roles

Project Manager Today

Part 2 examines three key roles for a sponsor: leader, change agent and decision maker.

Who is a sponsor accountable to?

Project Manager Today

A sponsor must be accountable to someone . . . but who?

Working with the project manager

Project Manager Today

The relationship between the sponsor and the project manager should be understood and constructive, or the result might be failure.

It's about people

Project Manager Today

No matter how good your strategy or plan, if you don't pay attention to the people, you'll have a lot of problems.

Governance, business performance and portfolio management

This is probably one of the hottest topics. Now you know how to direct and manage your projects, how do you ensure you select the right ones to do in the first place and are under effective control?

Portfolios, programmes and projects in context

PM World Journal

This articles examines portfolio, programme and project management to investigate their similarities and differences.

Which projects?

Project World Conference

Different ways you can select the projects you need to meet your business needs. Co-authoried with John Anderson.

Sponsorship, leadership and portfolio management

Evaluation Centre

The importance of good sponsorship

What is project success?

Project Workout

Success needs to be more than just the 'iron triangle'; this article explains why.

Updated Jan. 2021

Defining the boundaries of a portfolio

PM World Journal

Where does your portfolio start and end? It could be much wider than you think and conatin a lot more than just a bunch of projects.

Governance in a portfolio, programme and project managed context

PM World Journal

A look at governance in its widest sense and what it looks like in practice. No, it's not just a senior board, or a process or a structure!


Projects and risk go hand in hand. You cannot achieve anything without taking risks. Deciding on an acceptable level of risk is key.

Risk simulation

PMT’s 9th Risk Management Conference

This paper looks at four “simulation” techniques include using 'conditions of satisfaction', staged frameworks, health checks and probabilistic methods. All these seek to simulate, in tools, taxonomy or models, the project from the project board's perspective.


Harnessing a staged approach

Effective Programme and Project management conference

Why a staged approach to undertaking projects (life cycle) is probably your most effective way to manage overall risk.

Project Workout News

In search of project management principles - a new paper.  See the NEWS and Videos pages.


Confused about standards and methods? Download the update to Appendix C of The Project Workout. See the NEWS page.


Articles on 'agile' and on portfolio, programme and project management published. See the NEWS page.


Editor's Choice Award for article on governance. See the NEWS page.


An interview on programme management and two new articles on portfolios and programmes published.

See the NEWS page to download them.


ISO 21502 launched - update to The Project Workout released

The latest international standard on project management was launched at the end of December 2020.  Read about it here.


The Programme and Portfolio Workout, 1st edition launched! Read all about it and look at the introductory videos and companion website


More detail see our NEWS page!


See the Project Workout blog covering a wide range of project management topics.

Companion website

Access the companion website to the The Programme and Portfolio Workout and the 5th edition of The Project Workout, including interactive process model and downloadable supporting documentation.

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