Aim

In 2013, a strategic decision was made to extend the responsibility of the NHBC IT Project Management Office to include the governance of all strategic projects across the entire business.

Simon Darby, Business Programme Manager at NHBC, comments “This was significant for us as a team. Previously we had only been responsible for IT projects, and this decision meant we would be responsible for managing projects across the entire business – encompassing business change, IT change, marketing, claims and operations, and more. We realised we would need a wider variety of skills and tools to help us succeed.”

NHBC began working in partnership with ChangeQuest to roll out a programme of tailored training across different business functions.

Approach

Having reviewed the frameworks and processes in use at NHBC, ChangeQuest developed a range of project and programme management modules, using specific NHBC terminology and project examples.

The modules were then tailored further to address the needs of the different departments across the organisation, covering claims, operations, product development, major projects team, infrastructure and IT, sales and marketing.

NHBC recognised that people skills were just as vital to the success of a project as formal project management skills and wanted to build these into the development programme. ChangeQuest incorporated behavioural skills training to help improve communication and collaboration across the various teams.

The staff at NHBC now have access to a training and development service which they can access via the company intranet.

Outcomes

“We set out to implement a new framework for project governance, that would give us the flexibility to manage all of our projects, and that is what we achieved. As a result of the training provided, our project and programme managers are clear on what is required of them, are able to apply the framework, regardless of whether the teams are using Agile approaches, or traditional waterfall models” describes Simon. “They are also better equipped to provide the right level of leadership and direction to their project teams, to enable more effective delivery.”

Simon continues “We now have the agility to respond to business change, combined with the appropriate control and discipline to manage and govern projects across the company. Working with ChangeQuest has been immensely valuable, and I am confident our team now has the tools and skills in place to achieve measurable results.”

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