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Latest Blog Posts from CUPE International

The CUPE International blog shares information and our thoughts and expertise about relevant developments, events and special offers  in project, programme and portfolio management. Check this page regularly to keep yourself informed!

Posted January 19, 2018 by Andrew Belbin


PRINCE2® 2017 UPDATE CUPE, as a leading ATO and AXELOS Strategic Partner, has been bringing you the latest news on the PRINCE2 2017 update since the start of the revision process. This latest piece takes you through changes to the PRINCE2 method and AXELOS’s view of the future of PRINCE2. This blog series will also […]Read more

Posted December 07, 2017 by Zoltan Ordog

What is the gender balance in portfolio management?

We’re proud to announce CUPE International is identified as one of the highest independently rated MoP training providers on  This is the largest ever study of portfolio management skills, and the first time that MoP training providers have been spotlighted as “Highly Rated.”  INFOGRAPHIC: What is the gender balance in portfolio management?Read more

Posted November 27, 2017 by Andrew Belbin

Why don’t more people score full marks in Best Practice examinations?

Why don’t more people score full marks in Best Practice examinations? Anyone who has taken or is considering a Best Practise qualification in Project, Programme or Portfolio Management or Service Management will know that the volume of information to learn and be tested on is considerable and so the likelihood of scoring full marks in […]Read more

Posted November 14, 2017 by Andrew Belbin

Get PRINCE2 2009 while stocks last (before 31st December 2017)

Get PRINCE2 2009 while stocks last (before 31st December 2017)   PRINCE2 has been updated this year which means the 2009 version will no longer be available in English after 31st December. Why would you complete or renew your qualification on the 2009 version rather than moving on to the shiny new 2017 version? I […]Read more

Posted November 02, 2017 by Andrew Belbin

International Project Management Day

International Project Management Day It may seem strange to have an International Project Management day when project managers do not deliver a common set of products such as medical treatments or legal representation. There are International Doctors, Dentists, Accountants, Lawyers and Engineers’ days and so this brings the recognition of project management as a profession […]Read more

Posted July 19, 2017 by Andrew Belbin

Should I take PRINCE 2009 or 2017 exams?

Should I take PRINCE 2009 or 2017 exams? With the launch of the PRINCE2 2017 exams and the 2009 exams available until the end of the year there is a choice of which exams to do. Which will suit you best? In order to answer this question we have to start with your objectives. Do […]Read more

Posted July 12, 2017 by Andrew Belbin

PRINCE2 2017 Exams – what’s changed?

PRINCE2 2017 Exams – what’s changed? When AXELOS acquired PRINCE2 in 2014 the main emphasis was to have a smooth transition. The first couple of years have not seen any changes to exam style, questions or approach. With the update to PRINCE2 the 2017 version has been an ideal opportunity to review the exams as […]Read more

Posted July 10, 2017 by Andrew Belbin

What is the difference between PRINCE2 2009 and PRINCE2 2017?

PRINCE2 2017 is here. In this blog I will outline the changes which have been incorporated in the latest version of this tried and tested project management method. PRINCE2 2009 works really well so why change? As a member of the reference group I was party to discussions about the changes and the wish to […]Read more

Posted July 03, 2017 by Andrew Belbin

PRINCE2 vs Agile

VS Frequently at CUPE we are asked to explain the differences between PRINCE2® and Agile®.  Our CEO, David Roberts,  takes up the challenge! PRINCE2 and Agile PM are complimentary approaches, and are essential to organisations managing change: they explain WHAT TO DO, WHY IT IS TO BE DONE, WHO SHOULD UNDERTAKE THE WORK and WHEN […]Read more

Posted May 24, 2017 by Zoltan Ordog

What is gained through the talent triangle by individuals and organizations?

The introduction of the talent triangle has benefits for both the Individual and the Organisation they work for. The team here at CUPE has long advocated that projects need more than a method to succeed.

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Posted May 10, 2017 by Zoltan Ordog

PMI Part 3: Continuing Certification Requirements – What Are They?

The first two blogs in this series covered the background to the talent triangle and the areas outlined within each arm. This blog reviews the changes to the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) which were introduced in December 2015.

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Posted April 26, 2017 by Zoltan Ordog

PMI Talent Triangle: Part Two – A Look at Each Area

Our last blog discussed the purpose of the PMI Talent Triangle in response to the research undertaken by PMI. This time we will explore what comes under each area of the talent triangle facets. The three arms of the talent triangle represent critical skills required to deliver projects successfully.  

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Posted April 12, 2017 by Zoltan Ordog

PMI Talent Triangle: Part One

In 2013, the Project Management Institute (PMI) released a startling figure that 15.7 million new project management roles would be required globally across seven industries by 2020. PMI recognised that it was time to focus on what organisations need from their project practitioners, in order to ensure better project success rates and be prepared for the future business demand.

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Posted March 29, 2017 by Zoltan Ordog

My Experience of Attending the Project Management PRINCE2® Professional Assessment Centre

A year or so ago, I was presented with the unique opportunity to attend the exclusive PRINCE2 Professional Assessment Centre. Read my account of what it was like to attend alongside a host of experienced Project Managers from all over the world

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Posted March 15, 2017 by Zoltan Ordog

Why Structured Project Management in Planning?

Following the success of our last whitepaper blog by guest author Nico Viergever, we're pleased to bring you another - this time we go back to basics, looking at the role structured project management (specifically PRINCE2®) and planning has on an organisation...

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Posted February 22, 2017 by CUPE Team

PMIAA – Did you miss it?

One of President Obama’s last official acts was signing into law the PMIAA (Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 - S.1550). This is potentially so important to the Project Management community worldwide, it is difficult to fully grasp its significance.

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Posted February 16, 2017 by CUPE Team

What is a PMO? 10 reasons to have one

A PMO (or Project Management Office) is a team, or more occasionally, an individual responsible for defining and maintaining project management standards. An effective Portfolio, Programme or Project Management Office should aim to deliver governance, transparency, reusability, delivery support and traceability.

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Posted February 07, 2017 by CUPE Team

CUPE’s M_o_R e-learning

Don’t you just hate it when someone changes the goal posts half-way through a game?  That’s what happened to CUPE when we were putting our latest e-learning package together. 

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Posted January 26, 2017 by CUPE Team

PRINCE2 Agile or Waterfall Whitepaper

For our latest blog post, we're fortunate to be able to bring you an article written by CUPE trainer and project management consultant, Nico Vergever, outlining his thoughts on PRINCE2 vs Waterfall

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Posted January 17, 2017 by CUPE Team

CUPE Welcomes in the Portfolio & Project Management New Year

The good news is that 2016 was a year in which CUPE ended the year in a much stronger position than we started. Each year brings changes and whilst a number of new organisations joined us, a couple of CUPE Affiliate organisations became accredited in their own right in the last 12 months.

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Posted November 10, 2016 by CUPE Team

How to deliver a successful project or programme in a climate of uncertainty

Wow – what a programme! I’m sure many of us were thinking the risks of the Trump campaign succeeding were above our risk appetite! So what was the secret of success?

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Posted October 27, 2016 by CUPE Team

Buyers beware! Shameful Practice in the Qualifications Training Market

A real world example of poor practice in the Qualifications Training Industry. Pearce Mayfield can send you a buyer's checklist that could end up saving you a bundle!

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Posted October 05, 2016 by CUPE Team

CUPE International offers Quality Training via ASPECT

Along with our accomplished bespoke Project Management consultancy services, CUPE International is trusted again and again to deliver PM training in a way that inspires and engages delegates.

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Posted September 23, 2016 by CUPE Team

Relax through Project Management!

1.This can be used to help identify the scope of the project

2.This can be used as a basis to help allocate limited resources

3.This can be used as the basis for scheduling your project activities

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Posted September 01, 2016 by CUPE Team

Competence Assessment Guidance

Assessing project management competence with a 360o assessment tool can provide valuable insight into an organisation’s project management capability, if done for the right reasons, in the right way. It can support focussed development of project and programme management talent – that can really improve the bottom line.

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Posted August 11, 2016 by CUPE Team

Change preparation – are YOU ready? 8 important questions

Change is inevitable whether it involves our professional or personal environment, whether it’s initiated by ourselves, or by others. Change preparation should be psychological as well as physical. How much preparation you require depends on how you personally react to change; whether you embrace it, need to plan for it, think about it, or get dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

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Posted August 04, 2016 by Zoltan Ordog

8 Steps to Project Management Competence

By Jan Underdown - The designation, Chartered Project Manager is more popular than ever before – change is picking up speed, driven by the business environment, and we need good, effective project and programme managers to deliver the competence to provide desired outcomes and benefits. 

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Posted August 03, 2016 by Zoltan Ordog

The need for coherence between Strategy and Daily operations

Leading companies realize they need a model that aligns strategy with daily operations and helps them stay resilient in the face of significant change (key finding from the PwC’s 2015 Global Operations Survey).

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Posted May 27, 2016 by Zoltan Ordog

Review our course & we’ll donate water!

Review our course on Course Conductor and in return, a school child will receive a gallon of water!

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Posted March 16, 2016 by Zoltan Ordog

PRINCE2 Certification – past, present & future

The rising popularity of Agile Project Management methods is undeniable. Hand in hand with it, we see a significant rise in the number of times we get questioned on the value of a PRINCE2 certification.  So, what is the smart thing to do if you're a Project Manager looking for a way to improve your skills?

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Posted March 16, 2016 by Zoltan Ordog

Project Management 2020

Project Management is a way to manage change. If you want to understand Project Management 2020, you will need to understand change 2020 first. Our 'Project Management 2020' presentation, created for an IT clients customer event explains what major developments, key focus areas and solutions the coming years will bring us.

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Posted March 02, 2016 by Zoltan Ordog

PMO Consultancy Services in Ghana

CUPE International’s David Roberts and Sheila Roberts are in Ghana this week. They are on-site delivering consultancy services to support an international bank’s Project Management Office (PMO) as a Centre of Excellence.

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Posted February 26, 2016 by Zoltan Ordog

Strategic Project Leadership – Lead to Win

Strategic Project Leadership represents an evolution in project management. It turns project management into a strategic business-focused system, in addition to the tactical process of completing a project on time.

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Posted February 23, 2016 by Zoltan Ordog

ITIL Practitioner webinar

Following the release of ITIL Practitioner bij AXELOS, we have arranged a webinar to inform you about this latest addition to ITIL. Read our latest email newsletter regarding this webinar on:

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Posted January 05, 2016 by Sheila Roberts

CUPE International 2015 /2016

At the beginning of each year there is a small window for reflection before the normal rush of things to be done starts again. This year that time seems to be just a few hours as we are already booked to work with clients in the next few days. It is good news for CUPE and our clients as we are able to offer more and more of what our clients need and help you to solve real business issues.

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Posted October 30, 2015 by Zoltan Ordog

Want to save 11% on project & programme costs?

CUPE International can show you how to achieve more success, less waste and greater competitive advantage through project management! 

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Posted October 25, 2015 by Zoltan Ordog

First PRINCE2 Practitioner CPD badge at CUPE International

The first PRINCE2 Practitioner CPD digital badge has been issued!

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Posted October 23, 2015 by Sheila Roberts

Why is a common project management language important?

Communication is the biggest risk in projects and this simple story is a reminder to check that other people in your project understand what you have said in the way you meant it.

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Posted October 09, 2015 by Sally Dale

AgilePM – Towards Intelligent Mobility

Agile Project Management approaches are now being used across a range of sectors, as Jude Paterson one of CUPE’s affiliate partners shows in her recent article “Towards Intelligent Mobility”.

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Posted October 02, 2015 by Zoltan Ordog

AXELOS launches Continuing Professional Development Programme

With the economy recovering and investments growing again, the demand for good project managers will increase. But how do you distinguish yourself from other project managers to show that you’re the one they should choose?

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Posted September 25, 2015 by Sheila Roberts

Feedback: a powerful tool to reduce risk by improving project communication

Failure of communication contributes to the very slow improvement in project success rates. CUPE's Sheila Roberts explains how feedback can improve this.

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Posted August 11, 2015 by David Roberts

A new project management assessment tool?

The team at CUPE know that we deal with enthusiastic and capable Project Managers. We have had the question of competence raised with us many times. Indeed we have conducted competence assessment centres for many of our clients.

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Posted August 04, 2015 by David Roberts

Bespoke Methods

The CUPE Consultancy Team knows that every organisation is unique. A simple approach to projects, programmes and portfolios is not appropriate. That is why CUPE Consultants have knowledge and expertise in a range of methods and approaches to bring to our clients.

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Posted July 07, 2015 by David Roberts

PRINCE2 Agile e-Workshop

CUPE International is one of the first Training and Consulting organisations to embrace PRINCE2 Agile.  This is the exciting new qualification from AXELOS which brings together the governance and direction of PRINCE2 with the flexibility of Agile. 

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Posted June 30, 2015 by David Roberts

CUPE Partner PRINCE2 Agile Webinar

CUPE hosted the monthly Partner Webinar for June last Friday on PRINCE2 Agile. We were pleased to have Mike Acaster from AXELOS presenting the webinar. Mike took the CUPE Partners through what PRINCE2 Agile is, how the methods work together and what is involved in delivering PRINCE2 Agile.

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Posted June 23, 2015 by David Roberts

Understanding the new Agile Business Analyst Qualification

Understanding the new Agile Business Analyst Qualification. What is it and where does it fit in?

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Posted June 16, 2015 by David Roberts

July Madness – 10% off all July Courses!

Here at CUPE international, we are pleased to announce our July Madness course discounts. The prices of the following courses in July have all be reduced by 10%, giving a saving of over £100!

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Posted June 09, 2015 by David Roberts

CUPE International launches Exam Insurance scheme!

CUPE International launches its new exam insurance scheme for classroom-based and distance training courses.

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Posted June 02, 2015 by David Roberts

Best Practices – which qualification to choose?

Best Practices are abundant in the world of project, programme and portfolio management, also known as P3M. But if you're not an education professional, how do you know what qualification suits your needs best? 

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Posted May 26, 2015 by Sheila Roberts

Lots of Qualifications but what do the levels mean? (Part 3 of 3)

The final part of our look at qualifications - finishing up with PMI and APM!

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Posted May 19, 2015 by Sheila Roberts

Lots of Qualifications but what do the levels mean? (Part 2 of 3)

Continuing with our look at qualifications and their respective levels - next up is ITIL.

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Posted May 12, 2015 by Sheila Roberts

Lots of Qualifications but what do the levels mean? (Part 1 of 3)

We are frequently asked questions about the differences between the levels of qualifications for different PPM topics. AT CUPE we only cover PPM and related qualifications so this is not intended to cover topics which fall into other areas. Here I will clarify the differences between the qualification levels covering different PPM topics, starting with the APMG and AXELOS qualifications.

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Posted May 05, 2015 by David Roberts

How do I recover a project?

How do you handle the management of a project sponsor who has just offered a very complex technical system to his client? A combined system with two foreign suppliers, in a politically sensitive environment with many players. This requires a heavyweight as project manager. That project manager was Tony and he presented this case to me, asking me what sort of recommendation I would give for this.

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Posted April 28, 2015 by Zoltan Ordog

P3M abbreviations explained

In random order: P3, P3M, P3M3, P3O, PRINCE2, AgilePM, AgilePgM, MSP, MoV, M_o_R, MoP, PMI, PMP, CAPM, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP. If you're a project, programme or portfolio professional, chances are that you have heard some of these abbreviations. But would you be able to explain them to a colleague? 

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Posted April 21, 2015 by Sheila Roberts

CUPE Prepares for its next PRINCE2 Professional Centre!

This is an assessment centre to demonstrate your ability to DO projects. CUPE has run more PRINCE2 Professional Centres than any other organisation, but it is still not common. So why am I excited? It is because it is such a good event to test your application of PRINCE2 knowledge and stand out from the crowd. You are differentiated from the many thousands of others who already have PRINCE2 Practitioner status. It demonstrates that you do it, not just that you know how to do it.

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Posted April 14, 2015 by Zoltan Ordog

PRINCE2®, Agile and PRINCE2 Agile

PRINCE2 Agile is scheduled for launch by AXELOS in Q2 2015 and seeks to blend the best of PRINCE2 and Agile project management methods in one best practice. Why should you be interested?

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Posted April 07, 2015 by David Roberts

Coaching a Project Manager ‘on the job’

Coaching on the job is one of the most effective and efficient ways to grow an individual’s capability. Effective because you can focus on the specific areas an individual wants to improve and efficient because you can do this while he or she is actually doing a project. Results, and thus the benefits of being coached, are therefore immediately visible.

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Posted March 31, 2015 by Zoltan Ordog

Project Management Offices (PMO’s) & the complexity cliff

Project Management Offices, or PMO's, reflect the organisations they are part of. As each organisation is unique, so is each PMO. Implementing and maintaining a PMO is therefore by default not a standard procedure but should always be done with regards to the organisational context. Recognising this is the first step in running a successful PMO. 

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Posted March 24, 2015 by Sheila Roberts

The Project Manager and the Sheepdog

I was with a client recently who likened a project to herding sheep. They explained that the Shepherd is the Project Sponsor (or Executive) . The Shepherd (Sponsor) decides that there is need to change their organisation (flock of sheep) by moving them and where they are going. The Shepherd (Sponsor) then delegates the work of moving the flock to the sheepdog who acts as the Project Manager. The sheep dog (Project Manager) organises the flock to start moving in the right direction, while the shepherd monitors progress.

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Posted March 17, 2015 by David Roberts

ITIL® Practitioner Examination is Announced

Since its inception, more than 2,000,000 people have taken ITIL examinations in over 180 countries. The entry level exam is Foundation which leads on to Intermediate levels that specialise in either Lifecycle or Capability, before moving onto Managing Across the Lifecycle and then ITIL Expert level and ultimately ITIL Master.

AXELOS announced at the ITSMF Conference in Singapore that an ITIL Practitioner qualification is being developed.

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Posted February 23, 2015 by David Roberts

CUPE International is making effective changes!

CUPE International is in the business of change and as any other organisation, we too are constantly changing to ensure that we keep up with the dynamics of evolving businesses, markets, products and services. Last year, we expanded our geographical horizon through mergers and became CUPE International. A change that has proven very successful. We are gaining even more recognition and have solidified our reputation as the first choice project consultancy organisation for making effective change. Consultancy and Professional Services on project, programme and portfolio management now are, next to Learning & Development, equally represented in our offering.

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