How we can help you

 

We have exceptional people - professional and personable - and match them with our own people-centric methods and tools to achieve your goals more predictably and consistently.  We are skilled at tackling a variety of business management challenges including:

Translate a problem or idea into thoughtful action

We help leaders and teams translate ideas and problems into well-designed, structured plans

Form a high performance team

We help leaders quickly form productive and high achieving teams

Simplify planning & alignment 

We work with leaders and teams to rapidly identify priorities and develop solid plans

Deliver a Project

We can lead your projects through planning and delivery

Assess readiness or performance

We help leaders understand how to improve their work

Recover a Project

We help leaders turnaround troubled projects

We see the word “project” covering a wide variety of work that requires planning and management and includes programs, portfolios, initiatives, endeavours, transformations, organisational change, integrations and agile equivalents.

Translate a problem or idea into thoughtful action

We help leaders turn ideas and problems into well-designed, structured plans

Leaders often face the daunting task of being given a challenging task to deliver or problems to solve from little more than the original concept.  We help leaders extrapolate the ideas, problems and approach into well-defined structured plans ready to be delivered.

We work with leaders to:

  • Develop high quality objectives which frame problems and success measures in clear and simple ways

  • Design a sophisticated yet simple work structure fit for the nature of the work and straightforward delivery

  • Build structured plans to convert the requirements and expectations into a solid basis for a business success

  • Create highly professional resources by which to influence and build confidence with stakeholders

Forming a high performance team

We help leaders form productive and high achieving teams

Forming a high achieving team to tackle ambitious and complex work has been the subject of decades of studies.  PQ helps leaders to engage individuals and groups in a highly engaging way in order to kick-off the work with the best chance of being successful.

We work with leaders and teams to:

  • Ensure the team has a clear and shared understanding of the objectives

  • Share the often-unspoken principles that are critical to the conduct of good teamwork

  • Work with the team to clarify who will what

  • Lead the team to an agreed social contract of standards and behaviours

  • Setup the routines by which to best navigate the inevitable problems and issues

Simplified planning and alignment

We work with leaders and team to rapidly develop solid plans

All organisations are required to think ahead and plan their work to some degree, yet cost overruns and delays remain persistently common – highly mature firms could only average 67% delivery to budget and 63% of timely delivery for projects and initiatives.  We understand the common pitfalls and can help leaders and teams avoid them. 

We work with leaders and teams to:

  • undertake collaborative planning for projects, departments and partnerships

  • frame objectives and outcomes using proven techniques

  • prioritise and focus in an engaging way

  • agree the conduct and routines required

  • assess prior performance and improve productivity

Deliver a Project

We can lead your projects through planning and delivery

Not every organisation has the resources and skills ready to go – we are often called upon to lead a challenging project through planning and delivery.  PQ can provide a safe pair of hands to take a project through the lifecycle from idea to delivery or any part in between. We have experience in delivering major mergers or capital projects through to smaller scale strategic and business improvement undertakings.

We work for leaders and with teams to:

  • Ensure project leadership is effective, be it PQ resources or your own

  • Extrapolate objectives, a clear scope and agreed approach

  • Setup work plans and team structures for success

  • Drive delivery discipline and team performance

  • Lead the use of proven methods in governance, risk management, project controls, commercials and reporting as relevant for your work

  • Establish clear boundaries, delivery targets and operations performance targets

Assessing Project performance

We help leaders understand how to improve their work

Managing and delivering successfully is part art and part science – there is no silver bullet or standard method to guarantee success.  Leaders need to ensure all factors are considered and none are fatal flaws.  PQ helps you quickly understand the factors that are working or not towards achieving your business objectives, and crucially, what to do about them.

We work with leaders to:

  • Provide independent reviews of your project readiness to proceed

  • Undertake independent reviews of your project periodically through delivery to ensure it stays on the path to success

  • Provide you with a health report and practical recommendations to remedy problem areas

  • Conduct topic-specific deep dives, operational readiness or project risk assessments

  • Understand what was learnt to avoid a repeat in future

  • Coach and mentor project leaders and teams to embed delivery performance improvements

Recover a Project

We help leaders turnaround troubled projects

No one sets out to create a problem project, but it happens.  As much as 11-21% of projects can be deemed an outright failure (PMI’s Pulse of the Profession, 2020).  Before it gets too late we can help leaders and teams to reset their projects, adjust their performance and to turnaround delivery to improve the chances of success.

We work with leaders and teams to:

  • Undertake a broad and efficient health check using our purpose-built diagnostics

  • Ensure the objectives remain relevant and realistic

  • Identify improvement actions that remedy areas requiring attention

  • Reset plans and team commitment on targets that can be achieved

  • Reset stakeholder expectations and begin re-establishing confidence

 

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