Successful projects through energised project organisation

Tuesday 17 February 2015

6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Dr Liz Lee-Kelley

Managers do projects but they don't feel them
A senior project manager

Given the stream of bad news on public and private sectors projects, it may be time for the project community to think differently. The current failure-success paradigm is inadequate for creating sustainable, high-performing organisations that execute successful projects.

Our 'thinking differently' project aims to uncover an alternative approach takes a whole-organisation view of projects. We began by looking beyond the project management literature. The notion of 'energy' in organisations as an important and renewable resource provided the impetus for the research. Successful organisations are those that can channel the collective energy to create an organisational 'can-do' climate.

We pilot tested the energy concept with two large project-based organisations. Further reading and soundings with business leaders, project organisations, professional bodies and senior project professional suggested that collective energy can explain the intensity, pace and resilience of certain organisations.

To help managers develop an informed, holistic strategy for organisational project excellence, we present an overview of the project management profession, highlight the shortfalls of the existing failure-success paradigm, and introduce the idea of an energised projects organisation.

The human body metaphor is used to explain the importance of addressing both the 'hard' structures which provide the organisation with a framework for practice and governance, and 'soft' human efforts which are often felt or observed as a certain, je ne sais quoi or energy.

About the speaker:

Dr Liz Lee-Kelley is Director of Cranfield's International Centre for Programme Management.

Liz has over 25 years of industry and training and development experience. Her early career was in financial services in the UK and Channel Islands. She spent five years in the Middle East, first in Basra, Iraq for the Sheraton Hotel Group, and then in Kuwait as Finance Manager for a prominent Kuwaiti family. Upon her return to the UK Liz was Company Secretary and Finance Manager for a subsidiary of Asea Brown Boveri. She was headhunted to join as Finance Director of the business turnaround team in a specialist engineering firm and was also responsible for its specialist projects division. Projects under her stewardship included mine clearance of the British sector in Kuwait; specially designed mobile laundry units for the Saudi MoD; design, build and installation of an under car recognition system for the Channel Tunnel, and design and build of mini remote vehicles for nuclear decommissioning in the US. In 1992 she was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Liz is also an accredited personality profile practitioner, working as a personal coach and facilitating team profiling and development for a range of major organisations from the public and private sectors.

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