Consultancy

Professional Business & Project Consultancy Services

An experienced Business Manager and PMP® certified professional with Agile expertise (PMI-ACP® and accredited Scrum Master SMC™) is available to provide a variety of consultancy services, in:

  • Project or Programme Management services on short or long term contract
  • Strategic leadership and direction for project governance solutions
  • Project reviews/audits (CMMi)
  • Portfolio Management and the PMO
  • OPM3® (Organisational Project Management Maturity Model)
  • Implementing Agile within a classic project environment
  • Project health checks
  • Project recovery interventions
  • Project Rescue for troubled projects
  • Risk workshop facilitation
  • Team mentoring/coaching
  • Staff development and recruitment advice

Consultancy services include strategic gap analysis, business and project change strategies, including implementation plans, enabling high performing teams, and in-project support.


Strategic Leadership and Direction

Businesses today in all sectors are challenged with bringing re-energised rigour to the way they deliver business change projects internally or to their customers. Maintaining profitability while delivering customer satisfaction is a hard balancing act. Such businesses are looking for a trusted advisor to understand their business and provide a holistic strategy that delivers consistency, a global standard in business portfolio, programme and project management, tailored processes to suit their business and a career development path for their project staff. Whether you just need “another pair of eyes” on your business challenges, or, your business has adopted a classic “waterfall”, and/or, an Agile project approach, and you need help with transforming your business, we can assist.


Project Reviews, Health Checks and Audits

Projects worldwide have a statistically poor track record of success with some bringing unwanted headlines. Bringing in a profitable project that delivers to its intended benefits is a highly prized goal. Our quest is to look at the foundations to understand what we are building on.

So what are the statistics?

The 2015 CHAOS Report has recently been released by the Standish Group.  The CHAOS Reports have been published every year since 1994 and are a snapshot of the state of the software development industry.  This year the report studied 50,000 projects around the world, ranging from tiny enhancements to massive systems re-engineering implementations.  This year the report includes an enhanced definition of success looking at some additional factors which were covered in previous surveys.

The results indicate that there is still work to be done around achieving successful outcomes from software development projects. This table summarises the outcomes of projects over the last five years using the new definition of success factors (on time, on budget with a satisfactory result).

A trend from previous reports that continued in the latest survey is how smaller projects have a much higher likelihood of success than larger ones, as shown in this table.

With the take up of agile development methods over recent years it was possible to compare project outcomes between agile and traditional waterfall projects.  Across all project sizes agile approaches resulted in more successful projects and less outright failures, as shown in this table

A key part of the Standish Group analysis over the last 21 years has been the identification and ranking of the factors which work together to make projects more successful.  This year’s results show the following list and ranking of factors:

What are the top reasons for project failure?
  • Inadequately trained and / or inexperienced Project Managers
  • Failure to set and manage expectations
  • Poor leadership at any and all levels
  • Poor management support or governance

Project Management Maturity

Many businesses are looking for a means of benchmarking their organisation, project teams and processes in project management. They look for a holistic approach to transforming their project delivery from strategy through to delivery. The PMI OPM3® (Organisational Project Management Maturity Model) is a globally accepted standard based on three elements:

  • Knowledge (about Organisational Project Management, OPM3 and best practices in organisational project management),
  • Assessment (of the current state of your organisation’s project management maturity) and
  • Improvement (by identifying a path for improvement to increase that maturity).

Project Recovery Intervention

Many businesses have much riding on the outcome of a critical project delivery. An objective assessment and intervention strategy is called for. With the early warning signs indicating the project is in danger, you need someone to work with you who is highly practical, independent, discrete, and able to negotiate a path to reconciliation and recovery. Your team needs to feel they are supported, yet hard decisions may still need to be made. Whatever the strategy adopted the end goal is to:

  • Identify the real issues
  • Understand the customer and supplier end game criteria, and
  • Recommend practical steps to recovery.

Next Steps

Whatever your project consultancy requirements Robertson Consulting Ltd is committed to helping its customers find the right answer for them.

Where additional specialist expertise is recommended we have a trusted network of associates and partners on whom we can call.
Robertson Consulting Ltd is a small company with a global vision. We travel to anywhere in the world to provide our customers with professional results every time. Call us on +44 (0) 7848 163187 or email us on simon@robertsonconsulting.co.uk to discuss your requirements.
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