Programme and Project Management

Whether managing a multi-million international portfolio or delivering a challenging project, we can help you to structure your work and use your resources effectively, allowing you to achieve your goals efficiently and effectively.

Programme and project management is at the heart of what we do as consultants.

We understand that every programme and project has its own dynamics, and needs a tailored approach that suits the needs of your business. We have extensive experience at all stages of the programme and project lifecycle, from design and set-up through to implementation and benefits realisation.

We work across all industries and sectors, and have access to world-leading experts through our global network. This allows us to bring the best of international good practice to bear on whatever challenges you are facing.

What do we specialize in?

Portfolio management

Portfolio management looks at the ‘big picture’ – how to manage and balance resources across a series of programmes, projects, teams and operations in order to achieve your strategic objectives. The larger the portfolio, the more moving pieces it has and the higher the chances it will fail if not managed correctly. Doing it properly, however, can play a significant role in achieving strategic objectives e.g. profitability or increased internal effectiveness. We can help you to:

  • Define your portfolio: we will provide you with support in prioritising, balancing and selecting a portfolio of programmes or projects that will align to your objectives and drive your strategic goals.
  • Manage your portfolio: we provide end-to-end portfolio management support, working with you to strengthen key success factors of your portfolio such as organisational governance, resource management and financial management.

Programme management

Programme management is the process of managing several projects (usually linked and with the same overall high-level objective). When this is done properly, it allows an organisation to run several projects in parallel, thus realising benefits faster and more efficiently. Doing this properly involves getting key aspects of programme management right. These include:

  • Planning the different projects and activities properly
  • Managing your risks well
  • Controlling your costs and using your resources to achieve optimal results
  • Having appropriate governance structures in place to monitor delivery and to make sure that your leaders have the data they need to make decisions.

We can provide end to end support with programme management, from programme design and set-up to programme completion and benefits management.

Project management office (PMO) set-up

The PMO plays a key role in the success of a programme or a project. It sets the direction and shape of a programme or project, setting it up to succeed. It also plays a key role in controlling a programme with clear governance procedures and robust monitoring and communications processes. We will work with you to identify the right people for the PMO, introduce standard controls, tools and processes, and provide smart reporting to enable evidence-based decision-making. We will also work with you to make sure that the PMO is focused on benefits realisation, driving the programme or project to deliver the intended results.

Programme/Portfolio Maturity Assessment

This approach helps organisations to identify which aspects of their portfolio or programme are working well, which parts are failing and how to address the issues. We use a mixture of document reviews, interviews and benchmarking against our internal methodology to develop a holistic picture of the issues and challenges facing a portfolio or programme as well as recommendations for remedying the situation. This delivers a number of benefits, including:

  • Mitigation of risks and issues in the programme or portfolio
  • Clear and measurable roadmap to address weaknesses
  • Ability to use the assessment as a baseline and assess progress over time.
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