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PMiA July – Defining requirements that deliver

Thanks to everyone who attended the July PMiA Meeting to hear Sue and Steve Owens of E2E Change Agency talk about Defining requirements that deliver.

The link below is what was presented on the day.

PMiA July – E2E – DefiningRequirementsThatDeliver

Our next event will be on the 26th of August. You can get the full details and register HERE.

PMiA June – Communication Channels & Techniques

Thanks to everyone who attended the June PMiA Meeting to hear Mark Sicé from Albury Wodonga Health talk about Communication Channels and Techniques.

Below is an information slider that was presented on the day.

PMiA February Meeting – Risk Management in Projects

Thanks to everyone who attended the February PMiA Meeting to hear Charmaine Stefani from Albury Wodonga Health talk about Risk and Projects. Click here for a copy of Charmaine’s presentation.

PMiA October Meeting – Managing Commercial Contracts Presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended the October PMiA Meeting to hear Anthony McFarlane and Paul Gray from Harwood Andrews talk some factors to consider when managing contracts and vendor relationships. Also, what to think about when planning to exit a contract. Click here for a copy of Anthony & Paul’s Presentation.

PMiA August Meeting – Agile & SCRUM Presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended the August PMiA Meeting to hear Steve Owens present – Let’s Talk About Being Agile – Using Agile & SCRUM for Project Success.

Here is a copy of Steve’s presentation:
PMiA August Meeting – Agile & SCRUM Presentation

We look forward to seeing you all at September’s PMiA Meeting – Managing Projects Q & A – Ask The Project Panel

 

PMiA July Meeting – People & Projects Presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended the July PMiA Meeting to hear Susan Owens present – People & Projects – Managing The People Factor For Project Success. 

Here is a copy of Susan’s presentation:
PMiA July Meeting – People & Projects Presentation

We look forward to seeing you all at September’s PMiA Meeting – Managing Projects Q & A – Ask The Project Panel

PMiA June Meeting – Using Online Tools & Apps to track, measure & execute your projects efficiently

Thanks to everyone who attended the June PMiA Meeting to hear Jason Schneider-Fuller Turning Point Property from present – Using Online Tools & Apps to track, measure & execute your projects efficiently.

Here is a copy of Jason’s presentation:
PMIA Presentation June 2018 – Jason Schneider-Fuller

We look forward to seeing you all at September’s PMiA Meeting – Managing Projects Q & A – Ask The Project Panel

Project Management for Small Businesses – Some Misconceptions

 

When you walk into many small businesses, you’ll see sticky notes around people’s desk. These reminders are prompts for projects or other items they are working on. For a lot of small businesses, the “project plan” only exists in the owner or manager’s head.

Around the world governments and big business see the value of project management. Why do some small businesses not take advantage of project management techniques and tools? Why do they not get help from companies who provide project management services?

Project management makes sense for even the smallest business. Project management is a management process. A management process is a series of actions, changes, or functions that bring about a result. Applied to project management, the “actions, changes or functions” are temporary endeavours to develop a unique product, process or service i.e. bring about a result. All businesses (whether for profit or not for profit) are or should be focused on results. Small Business projects include: setting up a company website; setting up premises in a new location or expanding the current location; or developing a new product.

Why do small businesses choose not to adopt project management? What are the misconceptions about those reasons.

My business is small and I don’t need the overhead of project management or a project plan.

All small businesses, at some point, need to apply for a loan, conduct a marketing campaign, expand, or supply larger companies that have formal management processes. Using project tools like stakeholder analysis, communication planning and risk management will assist in those tasks. Project management gives businesses a competitive advantage over competitors who do not.

I am an expert in the industry, I don’t need project management.

Many small businesses are started by a person who has expertise in their industry. Having industry expertise is critical to business success. However, industry expertise does not mean project management expertise. Expertise in running the projects needed to convert industry expertise into successful business outcomes is also critical. A quick Google search shows some of the top reasons small businesses fail are: poor planning; lack of management and lack of capital. Project management, while not a guarantee of success, can assist small businesses prevent some of the common causes of failure.

I can’t afford project management or project management consultants.

A common myth is that to implement project management processes or use a consultant requires a huge investment. Would you conduct your own legal services, do your own tax accounting or design and build your own website? If you want to stay in business you wouldn’t. Just like other professional services, small businesses should look for help in implementing project management processes. In some cases, let someone else manage the project end-to-end. By taking away the burden of the day-to-day project management and letting you “run the company”, these service providers can actually save small businesses money. The project management consultants can help you build your own framework and tools that you and your team can use on future smaller projects.

I need to act now and can’t wait; project management will slow me down.

Rushing into action without understanding all that is required to achieve success is dangerous.  It can lead to negative outcomes. Poor planning and rushing ahead could lead to serious harm to the business. Project management provides the tools to analyse if an initiative will, or will not, provide the desired outcomes. Planning, budgeting, risk assessment and defining outcomes is vital for success.

It will require more time to follow project management practices.

Having a process to follow may add time to the duration of an activity.  If you added an extension to your company’s building, would you rather a quality end result, or would you prefer it done quickly but with lots of problems (leaks, bad workmanship, etc)? High quality building works always use project management tools. Given that small business well is essential and project management can help ensure things are done well.

Project management can actually reduce the time needed.  It can remove delays and misunderstandings when all the players know what must happen when.  They know what is expected of them and can plan to deliver.

Project management is valuable for any size business. By getting help with managing your projects you reduce risk and will achieve success from your plans.

Contact us at E2E The Change Agency to discuss how we can make your projects more successful.  We are qualified and experienced Project Managers and Change Managers who love helping businesses succeed.

Business Change – A Continuous Process Not a One-Off Event

Does your business have the skills, knowledge, processes to successfully manage the level of disruptive change happening in the world today?

In December, Kathie Heyman, General Manager of Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce wrote a great blog – Are you ready for the speed of disruption innovation?  It highlighted the level of disruptive change happening in the world today. This is occurring in regional centres as well as capital cities.

Businesses handle change every day – new clients, new suppliers, new tools.  Successful businesses have processes and systems to manage these day to day operational changes.

But what about the changes businesses need to make to survive and thrive in this new world of disruptive innovation?

What about the changes businesses need to make to be sustainable, to grow, to provide the owners, staff and customers with what they want into the future?

Does your business have the skills, knowledge, processes to successfully manage these types of change?

Businesses today must be nimble and agile. Able to change quickly whilst remaining true to their core values, to what is the true purpose of the business.

For some business owners and managers this can seem overwhelming.

There are two key habits that you can start to do today to set you on a path to strive and thrive in this new world:

1. Continuously and actively scan your business environment.
What are your customers saying? What are your competitors doing? Read industry and business articles.

When you read the newspaper or look at your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, keep asking the question – how could this impact my business?  Is there an opportunity here, or a potential threat?  The broader you cast your net for information, the better you will be able to decide what changes you may need to make.

 

2. Define your business future.
What will your business be in 3, 6, 12 months, 2-5 years? Take a people centered and whole of business approach.  What will your staff, customers, suppliers be doing in that future? What will the systems, processes, people be like?  Look at all the pieces that make up your business.

Make it real and tangible.  Talk with your staff, your customers, suppliers, your mates, other business people. Build a clear picture of the future. This is not the formal strategy document that sits on a shelf and is looked at once a year. This is creating a living understanding, amongst all your “stakeholders”, of your business future.  It is important to continuously revisit and update your “picture of the future”. Whether it be in staff meetings, manager meetings or over Friday afternoon drinks (where we’ve seen some great ideas evolve).

In future blogs we will give you ideas about how to create “Future Walls” and other ways to capture your Defined Future. We will discuss how to manage the changes needed to achieve the future you define.

Would you like your business to survive and thrive in this new world of disruptive innovation? Contact the Change Partners at E2E The Change Agency. We can provide practical help to define your future, design and manage the changes required and achieve your future.