Clarion Sponsoring the 2017 PMI Chapter Conference

2016 National Conference

 

Clarion is once again delighted to be a sponsor of the Ireland Chapter’s national conference this May – details on the conference are available here – PMI Conference Micro-Site. The conference will be showcasing local and relevant speakers and presentations on topics related to how project management enables leaders (regardless of situation and position) to increase the likelihood of success, in delivering all types of initiatives, projects and change.  The conference will draw on practitioners and experts from across all sectors of industry and with diverse organisational and stakeholder needs and demands; including public, private and not-for-profits.  Clarion is proud to continue its support for both the Chapter and the Conference through our continued sponsorship and support.

 

 

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OnMarch 22, 2016, posted in: blog, Change, Excellence, Home Page Posts, Project, Strategy, Talent by

Web Summits, Innovation and Gantt Charts!

As the Web Summit rocks into town again, for the last time in the foreseeable future, it brings along with it the annual excitement and hyperbole about innovation, pivoting, running lean and so on.  It can be easy to think that project management has no place in the worlds of the Web Summit and start-ups.  But you might be surprised. 

Sure, creativity, agility and innovation all need a certain degree of freedom from management and control; the creative and ideation processes require a level of chaos, a degree of ambiguity and a pinch of luck.  Not terms you would typically associate with project management. 

 Yes, project management is about structure, change, risk, control, consistency, budgets, plans and schedules.  However, these terms are not necessarily the enemy of innovation.  I would argue that they are its champion, especially in the commercial context.

Once the creative process gives birth to the innovative idea/concept, project management has an important part to play in facilitating the development of the idea/concept into something real and tangible and for a commercial enterprise; something that can be delivered to customers in the most effective and efficient way possible. 

 Moving from the creative to the commercial, those same project management terms (structure, change, risk, control, consistency, budgets, plans and schedules) all take on new relevance, importance and value. 

A lot of different talents are required in the start-up organisation – project management is a key one.  If you are running a start-up or if you are considering investing in a start-up, along with the other check-list items to consider, consider the level of project management capability available. If it’s not appropriate then get the project management talent on-board.  

So while attendees at the Web Summit take the party to the pubs and clubs of Dublin and celebrate the VCs, the coders, the entrepreneurs, let’s not forget the project managers who can make it all a reality.

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Driving Digital Transformation

Change Word Cloud

Digital transformation is having a significant impact on organisations across many sectors.  Not everyone will be impacted to the same degree or at the same pace, but digital transformation represents a very significant change in the way we work and live.  As with all technological advances, separating the hype from the reality is a challenge but organisations that ignore the impact of digital are taking a significant risk. While the impact of digital is felt in many ways, at Clarion we have experience of clients being impacted in three distinct and key areas,  Customer Engagement, Technology Adoption and Digital Talent.

Customer Engagement

Social channels have a big impact on how people collaborate and how relationships are built and maintained.   Customer expectations in relation to access and service are rising significantly.  The ability to get closer to the customer facilitates a more personalised experience and to gain valuable insights into what they feel about our products and services. Attracting and retaining customers is a key objective of any commercial business and making it easier to do business with your organisation should be an objective for any organisation regardless of sector.

Technology Adoption

The ability to adopt new technologies is an area that you need to consider carefully when defining a digital strategy for your organisation. You need to understand your existing capabilities and take an honest look at whether these are fit for purpose in a digital world.

Digital Talent

The skills required are not just technical skills. Digital demands greater customer facing skills, marketing skills and the ability to drive organisational change.  Accessing the right talent is becoming more challenging all the time and organisations need to look at how they can collaborate with customers, suppliers and Universities to access the skills they need.

These topics are explored in more detail in a recent article from Clarion in eolas magazine.  You can read the full article here.

 

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Clarion expanding it’s PPM Practice

Clarion Consulting

At Clarion Consulting, we help clients to improve efficiency and build sustainable competitive advantage through the development of project management capability, the close alignment of IT and business strategy and provision of skilled IT and business resources.  Clarion is a successful and expanding Business and IT consulting practice. Practice areas include Project and Programme Management, IT Strategy, ERP Consulting and Business Intelligence.  Clarion is currently operating from offices in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Following a significant increase in demand for Clarion’s PPM and specifically PlanView consulting services we are now looking to hire a senior PlanView consultant, in the UK, to work alongside the existing, experienced, team on multiple enterprise level, global, projects and initiatives.    We are looking for people with drive and ambition to help us continue to grow our business.  We need people who have a passion for excellence and who value the opportunity to work in a dynamic and challenging environment.

A detailed role specification is available in the careers section of the site – here.

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OnDecember 3, 2013, posted in: Home Page Posts, News by

Clarion Consulting launches ‘State of the Project Management Nation, 2013′

Organisational AgilityLeading project management and IT consulting services firm, Clarion Consulting today launched a call for contributions to its ‘State of the Project Management Nation, 2013′ market research.  This research, published every two years is one of the few dedicated reports into the status of project management and all its aspects in Ireland today.

The research seeks to uncover the key trends in practices, talent management, certification and education and aims to look at changing attitudes towards project management in Ireland’s organisations, public and private.

This year’s call for contributions will run until 15th October 2013.  If you are a practitioner in the project management space and would like to contribute your thoughts and comments on the status of project management in Ireland today, please complete the survey below.

Several annual memberships to the PMI are up for grabs and will be drawn randomly from contributors at the end of the research phase.

Contributors will be sent a full copy of the research findings, post project.  Anonymous contributions are also accepted.

 

Click here to take survey or complete it below.

 

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OnAugust 22, 2013, posted in: News by

Clarion calls for greater focus on project management

Pat Millar, Managing Director, Clarion Consulting

Pat Millar, Managing Director, Clarion Consulting

With business confidence continuing to fall, consultancy firm, Clarion Consulting has called on Irish organisations to increase their focus on project management for survival.

“We believe that by investing in project management, organisations can deliver real business transformation, designed to maximise revenue opportunities, increase bottom line and protect jobs,” says Pat Millar, managing director with Clarion Consulting.

The company believes that business recovery can be accelerated through increased investment in the discipline citing it as a critical tool in addressing the new economic realities of reduced spending, limited credit availability, job losses and weakened consumer sentiment.

“Activities such as introducing new products or services, deploying IT infrastructure or re-engineering internal business processes to boost productivity and reduce costs are critical in the current climate,” according to Millar.  “Organisations, public or private, simply can’t afford to run the risk of budget overruns, missed deadlines or failure to deliver on project objectives,” he adds.

Recent research conducted by Clarion Consulting reveals a marked decrease in the number of organisations using project management to drive business strategy, down from 29 per cent in 2009 to just eight per cent in 2011.  But Millar points to a significant increase in the number of smaller project teams.

In 2009, one fifth of organisations said their project teams consisted of between one and six members.  By the end of 2011, this figure had grown to 44 per cent.  Establishing smaller, agile project teams allows for quicker market agility, a welcome development according to Millar.

And while embedding a solid commitment to developing project management capability is important, so too is the need to support the discipline with well qualified, highly experienced practitioners.

“We’ve seen a strong surge in demand for project management personnel with high levels of qualifications and relevant industry experience,” comments Turlach McAlister, resourcing services manager with Clarion Resourcing, also part of the Clarion group of companies.  “Many employers are opting for contract resources, using these candidates to enhance in-house skills and expand team expertise.

“Agencies such as Clarion Resourcing, who have expertise in the project management sector are experiencing strong levels of business growth, reflecting a willingness by organisations to continue investment in the discipline,” he adds.

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OnDecember 10, 2012, posted in: News by

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Webinar on Demand: Driving Profitability through Process Excellence

Many thanks to those of you who tuned into our recent webinar, which examined process excellence and how it can drive profitability and boost customer retention.

The webinar marked the launch of our Process Excellence practice, led by James Doyle.

If you missed the event, you can access the webinar on demand by clicking below.

 

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OnOctober 30, 2012, posted in: blog, Excellence by

Clarion are Hiring Project Managers in UK (London/M25)

Project Manager Profile

Clarion Consulting

At Clarion Consulting, we help clients to improve efficiency and build sustainable competitive advantage through the development of project management capability, the close alignment of IT and business strategy and provision of skilled IT and business resources.

Clarion is a successful and expanding Business and IT consulting practice. Practice areas include Project and Programme Management, IT Strategy, ERP Consulting and Business Intelligence. Clarion is currently operating from offices in Ireland and UK.

We are looking for people with drive and ambition to help us continue to grow our business. We need people who have a passion for excellence and who value the opportunity to work in a dynamic and challenging environment. Candidates must be willing and able to travel (UK wide) on assignment.

The Project Manager role within Clarion

Under general direction of either a Portfolio Manager or a Program Manager, leads and directs high-priority projects, which often require considerable resources and high levels of functional integration. The Project Manager will take projects from original concept through final implementation. Interfaces with all areas affected by the project including end users, distributors, and vendors. Ensures adherence to quality standards and reviews project deliverables and communicates at company executive level regarding the status of specific projects.

Project Manager Profile:

  • ¨ Proven project management experience and success
  • ¨ Good commercial acumen and business development mind-set
  • ¨ Strong Project Management knowledge
  • ¨ Proven Change Management and Relation Management knowledge
  • ¨ Proven Stakeholder Engagement and Management skills
  • ¨ Excellent interpersonal skills
  • ¨ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Experience Required

  • ¨ 3 – 5 years of relevant professional and commercial experience, for example, project delivery, change management, Project Tools (PlanView, Project Server), IT Service Management, and Technical Architecture etc.
  • ¨ Experience of operating in a consulting role working directly with clients
  • ¨ Experience of standards such as ITIL, Six Sigma, PMBOK, Prince2, CMM, etc. Ideally candidates should hold a recognised qualification\certification in one of more relevant qualifications
  • ¨ Experience of producing high quality project documentation
  • ¨ Experience of Structured Project Management methodologies / techniques with hands-on experience of all stages of the lifecycle
  • ¨ Proficiency with project management and working knowledge of enterprise project management tools

 

Candidate profile

  • ¨ 3 – 5 years of relevant professional and commercial experience
  • ¨ Will have held similar roles within comparable sector/organisations
  • ¨ May, in the past, have held a consultant role with one of the larger consulting practices Accenture, BearingPoint, PwC
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OnOctober 3, 2012, posted in: Jobs, Project, UK by

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Clarion Consulting to host “Travel Back to the Future with Process Excellence”

To mark the launch of Clarion Consulting’s new Process Excellence practice, we are pleased to announce our webinar:

Travel Back to the Future with Process Excellence
Thursday, 25th October

12.00pm – 12.30pm

REGISTER NOW

This webinar will be of particular interest to those in the service industry.

Sometimes you have to slip into reverse before you can actually move forwards.

In the current economic climate, the natural reaction of many  organisations is to stop at that red light and retrench.  In essence, this translates into the austerity agenda with the emphasis on cutting costs.

While this is understandable and prudence should be the order of the day,  we believe that a ‘back to the future’ approach is by far the better option – assessing existing processes and improving competitiveness by pre-emptively focusing on the key business imperatives that are critical to success.

By joining us for the next in our series of webinars, you could start a journey towards process excellence.  En route, you can objectively assess existing business processes, eliminate waste, improve customer retention rates, boost profitability and build a culture of continuous improvement based on leadership and teamwork.

Join us and;

  • Understand how process excellence can eliminate waste, improve customer retention and boost profitability.
  • Uncover opportunities for business process improvement, which will deliver tangible results.
  • Discover how using disciplines such as Lean can improve the speed and efficiency of business operations.
  • Start your step-by-step journey towards process-driven operational improvement to achieve sustainable competitive advantage

Who should attend?

  • Operations executives, operations managers/directors.
  • Any business stakeholder with an interest in improving process efficiency

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

If this webinar is relevant for other colleagues within your organisation, please feel free to forward as appropriate.

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OnOctober 1, 2012, posted in: News by

PMO Challenges

Brief posting today – highlighting research from 2010 (which is still valid today) on the challenges facing organisations looking to implement a Project Management Office – and for those looking to maintain and keep a PMO. 

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OnOctober 1, 2012, posted in: Project by

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