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Peter Hawkins

Author: Peter Hawkins

Director and Strategic Programmes Consultant

The Challenge

A key power provider wanted to introduce a new project management culture across its projects department and also raise its profile within station operations. Its projects ranged from small 2-3 week initiatives to full development programmes and the people to be trained ranged from experienced project managers to station engineers and graduate trainees.

The Solutions

Our approach involved a joint one month study of all existing standards and procedures, followed by an intensive three month exercise to create the company’s new standards, based upon Innovation’s Project Management Approach (PMA).

These new standards were then used to design a 4 day project management forum, incorporating hard and soft skills training modules and a simulated project exercise, where each forum attendee was able to experience application of the new way of working and be coached on their approach.

Four forums were run by a special projects team of 5 people, including an Innovation programme architect and culture change consultant, who were responsible for the training sessions.

The Outcomes

The whole exercise involved training 45 of the company’s people and was deemed to be very successful, with new techniques being applied across the company and by all levels of attendee.