Archives for August 26th, 2003

STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 26 August, 2003

By Harold KerznerIn this new book, Kerzner details the Project Management Maturity Model (PMMM), a unique, industry-validated tool for helping organisations assess their progress in integrating project management throughout their organization. He begins by examining the principles of strategic planning and how they relate to project management. He then introduces the PMMM, detailing the five different levels of development for achieving maturity, along with benchmarking instruments for measuring an organization’s progress along the maturity curve.

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OFWAT DETAILS CHALLENGES STILL FACING WATER COMPANIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 August, 2003

Water companies are making the investments necessary to deliver environmental and water quality improvements, according to a report from the regulator, Ofwat, which looks at the companies’ performance over the last financial year compared with Ofwat’s expectations when the current price limits were set. But the regulator is concerned that there is still much work to do to meet some targets by 2005.’Financial performance and expenditure of the water companies in England and Wales 2002-03′ gives details of the companies’ financial position. It says that at industry level, capital expenditure for the period was 3.45 billion pounds – up by 13 per cent on the previous year. Capital expenditure for the first three years of the period was 9.3 billion, significantly lower than the 11.2 billion pounds projected in the price limits.

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RESEARCH SHOWS MORE CAN BE DONE TO MANAGE ABSENCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 August, 2003

New research has shown that in spite of the scale of the problem of absence from work – estimated to cost British organisations 11 billion pounds every year – every year much more could be done to manage it. The report, ‘Attendance management’, produced for The Work Foundation by Stephen Bevan, examines trends and looks at the practical techniques organisations can use to reduce absence.It finds that although the headline figures for absence have remained virtually unchanged, a quiet revolution has been taking place. The UK average has just risen, for the first time in six years, to 7 days per worker, but its causes and management have undergone radical change.

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