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Adrian Shaw


If an important part of your business is to select and deliver projects (and possibly programmes), but you are not doing this effectively, then I can help.

I have a very good track record of implementing simple frameworks (of processes, tools and templates) into small and large businesses across many industries, which greatly improve value from investments.

It is much better to do ‘simple’ well, than attempt ‘complex’ and fail; Simple for Success.


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SIMPLE PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESSES - How to design a simple, pragmatic project management framework for small and large businesses

SIMPLE PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESSES - How to design a simple, pragmatic project management framework for small and large businesses
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Originally trained as an automotive engineer, I fell into project management in about 1987, during my time at (Aston Martin) Tickford Limited. Through trial and error initially, I hit upon a simple but successful formula for delivering projects within that particular environment, for which I was requested to apply my ‘methodology’ to all of the organisation’s projects, by bringing the other project managers into my realm of influence. We had effectively created a centralised project management office (PMO), within which we were working to some defined standardised practices, based on recognised methodologies.

Having created an environment of ongoing project success at Tickford, in 1999, I accepted an opportunity to implement something similar at Cosworth Technology (CT), At the time of joining CT, there was a similar situation to that of the early days at Tickford, whereby the success or failure of a project was more due to the project management capabilities of the individual project managers than of any corporate influence. However, after once again defining some appropriate standard practices, and managing the adoption and ongoing application of them, project delivery improved significantly. Over the subsequent eight years, the project management framework that we had implemented evolved in synch with the organisation’s improving maturity to a level that I have rarely seen elsewhere.

Since 2007, I have been providing consulting services to organisations (both public and private sector) across all business sectors, where I have greatly enjoyed helping others to define and implement project management frameworks appropriate to their particular business and current maturity level.

Along the way, I have collected all of the relevant ‘badges’ (PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP®, P3O®, MoR®, MoV®). Hence I am a qualified practitioner in all of these and have also carried out formal P3M3 ® assessments.


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There are numerous project management methodologies available that provide similar and extensive guidance on how to manage projects. Similarly, there are many ways that individuals can obtain training in how to manage projects, some of which are based on specific methodologies.

However, the successful delivery of projects within businesses can only be achieved if a standard approach is defined and then utilised by those who are responsible for delivering projects. Organisations generally have great difficulty in distilling the extensive guidance materials, offered within the pages of the various methodology manuals, into a framework that provides the right level of control for the effort invested in applying it.

This book provides the information required to enable businesses (both small and large) to create and implement a simple, pragmatic framework of standard processes, tools and templates that will enable them to consistently and effectively deliver projects successfully.


Dr Chris Bale, Head of Programmes, Productiv

This is a succinct guide and toolbox reminding us that effective project management need not be complicated; it is an excellent manual for those improving project delivery frameworks or adopting consistent processes in a growing team.



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