I started RNC to address five problems
- The increasing market frustration with project failure and consequences
- The increasing focus on process and procedure over delivering the outcome
- The disconnect between what people want from projects and what project managers want to do
- To put the outcome back in projects
- To put the client back in the driver’s seat
Having chosen project delivery as a career and honed my craft working for the Federal Government, Qantas, Philips, and KPMG I decided to strike out and start a project service that would give clients certainty.
The market was and remains, crowded with people and companies offering project management as a service.
From a client’s perspective, it’s almost impossible to see which ones do project management and which ones manage projects.
The remedy I saw was to offer project turnaround services. RNC started with one single offering, to fix and deliver failing or troubled projects.
That offering was clear, accessible, relevant and in demand.
Very few businesses have RNC’s offering and track record.
I regularly present at conferences on topics ranging from the basic how-to of running projects, to the latest thinking and approaches in project, program and portfolio management.
I’ve authored one book, contributed to several others and provided the foreword on a leading book on influence for project managers. Many of my presentations have been published in proceedings and other publications.
In 2014, RNC undertook a global study to determine the percentage allocation of organisational budgets on projects. The process and the findings fascinated me, and the answer is 40%.
In 2016, I’ve initiated a global research project into what makes projects succeed. This is being conducted by the University of Mary Washington, and will be conducted in real-time across several industries. Previously research in the area has focused on failure and conducted by post-project reflection, with a large component of confirmation bias toward whichever solution the researchers promote. The thesis is there is something going on when projects succeed that isn’t present when they fail and just maybe that something has yet to be uncovered.
My biography is available on request, please contact RNC on +61 (0)2 9238 1990.