Project Management

Cyber Security People – A Diverse Bunch of Behaviours! by Indy Dhami

Over the past 15 years of working in the cybersecurity industry I have been privileged to have worked with highly intelligent, experienced and articulate colleagues. My experiences in large scale transformation programmes, workshops, interviews, managing both project and operational teams encompass consulting and internal business roles. These experiences led to interactions with hundreds of individuals where I have become aware of some consistent and humorous behaviour types displayed. These include eight positive and negative types including:

How Employee Feedback and a Culture of Honesty Can Improve Your Projects by Shea Heaver

All too frequently we think of projects in terms of schedules, requirements, budgets, resources and the like. We plan meticulously for them and hold onto the axiom that failing to plan is simply planning to fail. But how many of us actually plan for the human side of a project – the social, emotional and responsive elements of a project?

Let’s face it, we’ve all been in situations where (despite meticulous planning) we hear or say something along the lines of “Hmm! That’s not what I was expecting”, “Oh! I thought you meant this” or “Sorry! I wasn’t aware of that”.

Process Side of Change Management by Ramkumar Viswanathan

People, Process and Technology are three pillars of change management. In this blog, I am going to look at the process side of change management. Although Process has a considerable overlap with other two aspects, there is still room to look at process in isolation. Borrowing from the simple yet effective model of Lewin, Process can be unfreezed, analysed and repackaged as shown in the below diagram.


Figure 1: Transforming Cube to Cone

What's stopping Digital Transformation by Miriam Gilbert

Three misconceptions and one key tip.

No industry is immune to disruption. Are your competitors doing an "Uber"? Are the likes of Amazon, Apple or Google moving in on your territory in Finance, Telecoms, Transportation or Home accessories? And how about those AI's that are replacing accountants, lawyers and doctors?

Agility - Why Organisations Struggle to Adapt by Miriam Gilbert

“…in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

The famous quote by Benjamin Franklin has never been truer than today.

As political certainties are turned upside down and surprises come at us from all angles, organisations could add another rare certainty: CHANGE. And change is, err – changing.

Of course, business has always known that change is inevitable. But in the past, most of it happened over time.

And The Oscar For Best Project Goes To... by Guy Butler

I once pitched an Operational Excellence programme to the top team of the company I was working for at the time.

Wanting to make an impact, I came up with a catchy name to emphasise the journey we needed to take.

The pitch day came. Standing at the front of the room, I opened with a story of Julius Caesar crossing a river in order to get to Rome and sort things out.

Don't Complexify, Simplify by Guy Butler

A few years ago someone told me about a frustrating experience they’d had attending a Lean Six Sigma workshop.

This piqued my interest. They were a senior leader in the business and new to the world of Lean Six Sigma. I asked what had happened to make them feel this way.

This is what they told me…

What is AI Commerce & Why Should You Care? by Andrei Klubnikin

So, you are into e-commerce & struggle to keep up with Amazon (which boasts the #1 app among Millennials and Centennials and made over $ 43 billion in Q3 2017)? Don’t worry, your competitors face exactly the same problems – and turn to Artificial Intelligence to solve them. Discover how using e-commerce AI solutions can help you deliver the ultimate shopping experience, reduce operating and staffing costs and boost revenue.

Turning Assassins into Ambassadors by Richard Cronin

Balcroft has provided operational consulting support to numerous companies across a multitude of sectors and organisations. Whilst we have been extremely successful in achieving the needs of our clients, we have always been faced with a recurring problem within each project. The common theme is the presence of at least one assassin within the organisation.

How Can Your Business Benefit from AI? by Andrei Klubnikin

In today’s world, it is emerging tech that enables companies to cut operating costs, boost productivity and deliver the ultimate customer experience. Artificial Intelligence is one of these game-changing tools and currently tops Gartner’s Strategic Technology Trends list. How to leverage the power of AI for business growth – and is the game actually worse the candle?