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Newly Formed Leadership Team
FTSE 100 Engineering Company
Senior Leadership Peer Group
Project professionals are change enablers, working in the irrational and unpredictable world of projects, programmes and change management. They and their teams enact and facilitate change often working in high pressure, difficult situations yet carry the potential to unlock the value of any change management programme.
Project and Programme Managers want to remain calm and decisive and maximise the creativity and potential of their team. Putting others’ needs first to maintain motivation, build momentum and overcome, and minimise obstacles. They want to effectively communicate and remain connected to the vision and goals of the project whilst allowing the team to focus on the immediate, priority tasks at hand.
They are accountable and empowered and not afraid to fail fast, reflect and re-pivot in order to be responsive to the evolving nature of their environments.
When looking to drive forward, certain factors can become perceived obstacles – budget constraints, constantly in fire fight mode, bogged down in the detail, unreasonably high expectations, team conflicts, burdensome bureaucracy, constantly changing landscape and a feeling of not enough time can all lead to fighting through without stepping back, pausing and going again with potentially greater outcomes.
With this in mind, agile Project Managers and Programme managers need to choose supportive development initiatives which are congruent with the business strategy, offering the most value for money, whilst not interfering with the important task of delivery.
While theory-based training and technical capabilities are no-doubt important to agile project managers, the human elements of change management can be more fundamental to the success of programmes and change initiatives. This is reflected in the terms we frequently hear change initiatives referred to; ‘a necessary evil’, ‘a storm to endure’ or ‘a war to be won or lost’ – all very human-centric metaphors.
Yet many organisations still solely focus on technical capability, adhering to a ‘hard’ agile process and rigid plans as barometers for success and assuming that the change will be painful rather than enhancing these more nuanced human levers and choosing a potentially less painful path.
Questline’s programmes for project professionals offer this human dimension to development. Our partnerships work at the human level to engage with project professionals and work with them on honing agility, emotional intelligence, communication, collaboration and stakeholder management.
Change initiatives and projects offer a fertile environment for growth and we focus on your real challenges, exploring and dissecting every-day obstacles that agile project managers face and offer the time, space and environment to self-reflect, learn from these experiences and take purposeful action.
Our EVOLVE programme will challenge autopilot, routine and status quo, encouraging delegates to creatively take on perceived barriers to progress by raising awareness beyond the daily mission and understand the bigger picture.
Our coaches and facilitators are experts in guiding project professionals, supporting and challenging them as they re-define what effective agile project management and change management means to them, focussing upon the art of change and the emotional intelligence which will enhance the experience for our partners, their team and organisations.