Delivering complex change requires experienced Programme and Project Management capabilities. X4 provides the skilled resources, methodologies and the tools (via ITM Platform) that are vital for sound strategic and tactical decision-making, helping our clients to affect change and realise benefits.
Challenges
  • Correctly estimating programme and project complexity, clarifying requirements, identifying and articulating expected benefits.
  • Aligning stakeholder expectations, developing firm leadership, and generating sponsor commitment.
  • Establishing integrated programme management office, planning and communication capabilities.
  • Obtaining appropriate resources and properly assigning resources across a portfolio of projects.
  • Establishing central control and defining meaningful success metrics and KPIs.
  • Managing people, progress, risks and issues, quality and budgets effectively.
Impacts
  • Poorly managed complexity and the lack of an integrated approach jeopardises outcomes and all interdependencies.
  • Staff indifference and lack of buy-in, creating an environment in which project failure is expected.
  • Inadequate prioritisation and control over a project portfolio, resulting in resource conflicts and deficiencies.
  • Failure to control and monitor performance and progress, increasing strategic and tactical risk.
  • A lack of progress and ultimately a failure to deliver benefits.

Implementing large scale programmes demands attention and expertise in multiple domains. Bringing about success requires a combination of strong project leadership, analytic, communication and technical skills. Our X4 programme and project management consultants deliver by:

  • Ensuring the organisation has a solid business case for change and confidence in project control.
  • Establishing the appropriate project and governance structure.
  • Developing a well-defined programme architecture.
  • Aligning strategic stakeholders and business expectations.
  • Embedding integrated project planning.
  • Identifying risks and defining appropriate responses.
  • Tailoring and deploying client specific project control processes, based on best practices.
  • Exercising and facilitating active change management practices.

X4 brings experience that complements and supports capability development within your PMO and project teams, together with an approach to programme management and project delivery built upon five key strategic components.

  • Initiation & current-state – We capture and document scope, approach and the overall plan for delivering desired business outcomes. We use a variety of techniques to develop a detailed understanding of the current situation, to ensure that change has a solid base and delivers on business expectations.
  • Strategy development – We challenge current thinking to develop a robust programme and project management model, individually suited to unique client organisational challenges. Whether the challenge is to implement a business change management process, a new target operating model or a technology shift, the fit to your operational culture is critical.
  • Solution definition – We cover not only definition of the change programme to be undertaken, but also the structures (e.g. PMO) and processes to be used to manage delivery. X4 consultants document a prioritised, performance driven programme implementation plan, based upon costing and business benefit realisation.
  • Execution – We manage and oversee the processes, organisational and system changes detailed during solution development, through the provision of X4’s programme and project management support.
  • Re-evaluating the environment – We ensure the planned and expected benefits are realised, and are capable of delivering continuous improvement and momentum long after X4 has exited.