“Benefit immediately from my unique blend of experience, knowledge and
style of delivering IT projects”
" We were deploying a high-profile project,
which was the first of its kind in the UK; the benefits included
multi million pound savings that kept board level interest
throughout the project. It was expected to be a tough project
to ensure everything worked correctly and needed precision
testing and timing for the project to succeed without disruption
to the business.
Unfortunately our supplier was struggling to provide somebody of the calibre
needed to ensure the work was delivered successfully. The customer-supplier relationship
became fairly fraught and very quickly the trust between those working within
both project teams had gone, we desperately needed somebody with a special blend
of skills to get the project back on track, as well as the ability to bring both
sides together working as one to a common goal.
Barry made an immediate impression with his genuine and honest approach. The
project was brought quickly under control with sound project management
He quickly focused on improving the previous shortcomings, introducing a number
of appropriate measures to monitor, control and track our progress. He very quickly
broke the barriers between the project teams that led to an open and honest relationship,
thus continuing to move the project forward through extremely challenging circumstances.
Barry also managed to keep a sense of humour and view events from a lighter angle
that helped keep us going during those tough times."
I am in the fortunate position of
being able to draw on the experience and knowledge spanning over
thirty years and four successful careers.
These careers have been varied starting with eleven years in the
Royal Navy, followed by retail management, then as an IT technical
consultant and finally as a project manager.
All of these careers involved delivering in highly pressurised environments
with a need to communicate effectively at every level if I was to
make any meaningful progress, learn my trade and carve out a successful
I consider myself extremely lucky because I get a real genuine buzz,
a real sense of achievement and satisfaction, from helping other
like-minded people to improve both their own skills and the company
or organisation they represent.
If somebody is prepared to make an effort to improve either themselves
or their organisation then I am more than happy to put in whatever
takes to get the desired result.
For me there is something very special in working closely with individuals,
helping to develop his or her skill set, seeing their confidence
and performance improve and being able to make a significant contribution
to the progress of their career and successful delivery of their
Whether deliberately or inadvertently I have found myself helping
individuals playing a key pivotal role in a project must surely provide
a great benefit to the overall result.
In my earlier days I can recall a number of occasions when I felt
exposed and vulnerable on projects.
I would have welcomed some support, advise, guidance and mentoring
or coaching. For whatever reason this was not forthcoming and I was
left to inflate my own lifejacket and learn very quickly to swim
against the tide – the familiar sink or swim scenario.
Whilst in small doses it builds a bit of character and steely resolve
it can also be counter-productive on a more long-term basis. Whilst
PMs need to be able to fight their corner there is nothing wrong
with being given a helping hand either.
I've never had a problem sharing my knowledge and experience. Truth
be known I get just as big a buzz from seeing somebody else succeed,
taking pleasure in the knowledge that I have contributed to their
success, as I do being successful myself.
With my own varied careers I've been very fortunate to have worked
alongside some great people. I've made the most of some wonderful
opportunities and taken onboard an incredible amount of knowledge.
In recognition of this mixture of good fortune and ability to make the most of these opportunities I am now focusing on passing this knowledge on and putting something back into the workplace - hopefully with interest.
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ball rolling and benefit immediately from my unique and refreshingly different
At 18:15, on the evening of Tuesday 25 May 1982, I cheated death
- literally by a matter of seconds thanks to the action and quick
thinking of a colleague
At the time I was serving aboard HMS Coventry, a Type 42 class
destroyer, in the Falklands War. I was trapped in a smoke-filled
compartment, choking on the effects of serious smoke inhalation.
I had just escaped from the ship's Operations Room and was shocked
and dazed from the aftermath of being sat directly above the detonation
of a 1,000lb bomb!
Along with HMS Broadsword we were patrolling the north of Pebble
Island. We had been targeted all day by the Argentinean Air Force,
eventually succumbing to what was the last air raid of the day.
Three 1,000lb bombs hit us. All detonated, wreaking havoc throughout
the ship causing her to capsize within approximately 25 minutes.
Sadly, 19 of my shipmates were not as lucky and perished.
life goes on. Since that moment I've been living my life on borrowed
time and have done my best to be positive in everything
I do and respect those I work with.
I've worked with some undesirables,
negative folk who have little or no respect or regard for other
people. These people could do
with such an experience to mellow them, treat work with a little
more humour and avoid viewing the world through blinkers.
If you've never lived through an experience like this then it
is probably quite hard to understand the sudden change in outlook
on life and the ability to view things in a lighter vein. To
the world in a different light, have a sense of humour and have
a chuckle along the way.
You can still do this and be professional.
My work and approach has allowed me to behave in such a way and
sew the seed for others to follow suit.
I firmly believe and have often demonstrated that projects get
delivered successfully due to a high standard of communication,
when an atmosphere of genuine teamwork prevails and with a sense
of fun and real humour.
There is obviously a time and a place
for humour and light-heartedness. Work should not be taken too
seriously, however it's what pays
the bills and brings home the harvest.
An open and honest environment
is infectious; it just needs somebody to break the ice.
Issues and challenges get dealt with collectively without individuals
trying to score cheap points.
BEWARE - I will inject humour, enthusiasm, a positive "can and will do" attitude,
belief, direction and professionalism! At the same time I will
be working to extremely high standards, with a unique and special
approach. Your project will be delivered to the highest possible
standard supported by professional and thorough documentation for
More often than not the format and content of my documentation
is adopted by my clients and used as a standard afterwards.
One exceptionally large UK Telecomms organisation and a number
high street banks are amongst clients that have done this!
I must be
something right somewhere along the line.
My main objective
is to make sure the job gets done properly and that your project
is delivered successfully. Failure is
option. My clients always get what they want and want what
As a project manager I believe you should always
leave the project in a healthy state and happy in the knowledge
that you would
work with the same team again and just as importantly that
work with you again - it can be a very small world!
By now you should have built a pretty clear picture of the
way I work and the benefits it will bring with us working
together. Click here to go to
the next step and find out
how you get
ball rolling and benefit immediately from my unique and refreshingly
different professional approach.
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sample of case studies.
Get a good idea of the projects I have tackled. The problems
solutions provided and the results achieved. This will give
you a clear indication of what I can achieve for you.