Would you hire a remote project leader?

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So, I don't know whether you're a person of the 21st century or ........ but I do know that a remote project leader can work and when it does, it's a cracker.

I say remote project ‘leader’ because I don’t want to get into the debate about what should be the role of the project or program manager/director. For the purposes of this article, let’s go with, ‘I’m referring to the person trusted by the organisation or sponsor to deliver the project’.

Oh dear, now I have to define deliver the project. Again, for the purposes of this article, let’s go with ‘delivery meaning when the project result is when the person who wanted it accepts it and agrees and they can now use it to achieve the reason they wanted the project’.

Here’s an example. A company wants to extend it’s market share and profitability by introducing a new product. They initiate a project to create the product. The project is complete when the product is released to sales and marketing and sales and marketing agree it meets the brief to be buy-able, profitable and desirable.

Now, back to the question. Would you consider a remote person to deliver a project? A person who might be with some of the team but who also might be on their own.

The first answer people offer is usually no. But then I had a client this year whose reply was, ‘I don’t care if they sit in Azerbaijan’. Note: the project was not in anyway associated with Azerbaijan. He went on to hire one of our remote PMs and is delighted with the result.

In reality, remote management is not new, we’ve been managing and delivering remotely for a very long time. In 1951 The School of the Air started in Australia. A way for children in remote locations to get access to top draw education over the radio. Studies have shown that such education has a parity with, if not better, standards than traditional methods of schooling. There’s also the emergence of remote medicine. And yes that works too.

Our own studies at RNC have shown that it’s not the remoteness that makes the difference, it’s the person leading it. There are several keys to this success: 

So, I don’t know whether you’re a person of the 21st century or …….. but I do know that it can work and when it does it’s a cracker.

It is advisable to have the best person, wherever they are than to have the second, or third best, in the room with you.

In reality, remote management is not new, we’ve been managing and delivering remotely for a very long time. In 1951 The School of the Air started in Australia. A way for children in remote locations to get access to top draw education over the radio. Studies have shown that such education has a parity with, if not better, standards than traditional methods of schooling.

To find out how we can help take your project forward, develop your program or portfolio, contact our friendly team on +61 2 9238 1990.

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Debs Skene

After returning from London in 1999 where Debs gained extensive experience working for Barclays Capital, she decided to continue working within the Banking & Finance industry for the next ten years.

It was during her time at Asgard that Debs first worked alongside Diane Dromgold. Given Debs is results-driven, has incredibly good time management skills; and loves working and managing teams of people whilst maintaining a great ‘sense of fun’ in her every day, it was obvious that a career in Project Management was for her. Being invited to join the RNC team was an honour and privilege and created many opportunities to work alongside very dedicated, highly skilled and successful project managers. Debs has continued to work on many projects within the Banking & Financial Services industry, as well as the Hospitality Industry and local community groups.

Debs moved to Queensland in 2011 with partner Tim and they have two beautiful daughters who are heavily involved in Swimming, Basketball, Nippers and Martial Arts. 

Janelle Panton

Janelle is a versatile professional who believes in a flexible and pragmatic approach to deliver business outcomes and to just get stuff done.

With a background in the Financial Services and Consumer Health Manufacturing sectors, Janelle spent time in a number of customer service and operational delivery roles whilst completing an MBA (Executive), before finding a passion and skill for program management.

Janelle has a commercial and common sense understanding in managing change and business transformation, and has delivered new product, business process improvement, compliance, IT and offshoring programmes. 

Janelle joined RNC in 2014 after working alongside Diane and the team on a large integration programme. The appeal of working with a “Really Nice Company” aligned with her values and clinched the deal.

Janelle has two teenage daughters to keep her grounded and, along with her husband, is a keen spectator of live sport and trying out new and adventurous recipes on her family and friends.

Jonathan Molyneux

Jonathan is a highly experienced Project Manager who has worked in many different countries with a multitude of cultures across both Business and IT departments to deliver value into organisations.

Jonathan started his career as a Graduate Trainee with a Lloyds of London Underwriting firm; this set the tone for the next decade learning the development delivery disciplines across multiple Financial Organisations throughout London.

With a strong tendency towards problem solving and a systematic and methodical approach to challenges it was a logical step into Project Management. Jonathan has delivered on numerous projects across a diverse range of business requirements.

Jonathan joined RNC in 2016, and during this time has worked in industries such Pharmaceutical, Commercial Real Estate and Entertainment delivering on a number of projects utilising methodologies and strong governance regime to ensure delivery of business solutions in line with expectations. 

Angela Edwards

Angela’s career has focused on delivering domestic and international projects ranging in size and complexity for both private sector and government clients.

A native of Bowral in the Southern Highlands, she gained her business and administration diploma in Canberra before embarking on her first overseas working experience in Japan.

In her project management career, Angela has excelled at managing complex environments and competing interests within the pressures and dictates of diverse environments. Her focus is always on the outcome, with. an ability to work out what is needed and make sure all avenues are considered and all risks are covered.

She has lived and worked in the USA, Dublin, London, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, and Tokyo and is accomplished at building and developing high-performing teams.

In her personal life, Angela is an avid golf fan, a traveller and a keen appreciator of Asian and native American art and collectibles. 

Simon Harwood

Simon has had a unique career path, starting off as a drug development chemist before completing his MBA at MIT Sloan in the US in 2008 and then transitioning in to the business world.

Since 2008, Simon has worked for a range of executive teams in London and Sydney successfully delivering complex business projects and programs all with a change management focus and often where timelines have been extremely tight.

Simon joined RNC in 2018, and has diverse experience working in a range of functions – including marketing, IT, and manufacturing – in the pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare, consumer products, and airline industries.

Simon has a young daughter and is a committed member of his local Christian church where he volunteers his time during the week and at weekends.

Andrew Mencinsky

Andrew has had a varied and diverse career, however one with a continual focus on helping organisations and individuals achieve their objectives.

From university Andrew founded a technology business assisting small to medium businesses implement and effectively use technology, before moving to deliver significant projects for Optus and a leading national commercial interiors organisation.

Andrew completed his MBA (Executive) from the AGSM in 2004, after which he spent time with PWC advising public and private sector clients on improving organisational performance through technology.

Andrew joined RNC in 2009, and during his time at RNC has delivered multiple high visibility and high value projects across multiple industries such as banking, insurance, construction and commercial real estate.

Andrew is the father of three young children and has a strong social conscience, giving generously of his time to support local, national and international Ukrainian schools and youth organisations.

Diane Dromgold

Having chosen project delivery as a career and honed her craft working for the Federal Government, Qantas, Philips, and KPMG, Diane decided to strike out and start a project service that would give clients certainty.

Diane 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

Diane regularly presents 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.

Diane has authored one book, contributed to several others and provided the foreword on a leading book on influence for project managers. Many of her presentations have been published in proceedings and other publications.