“Providing you with the best course of action
to get you back on track”
"Barry was a highly effective manager
with the unusual ability to bridge the business/IT gap.
He demonstrated sound business acumen coupled with strong technical
prowess on a range of IT solutions.
His effectiveness was enhanced by strong all round project management
and consultancy skills. This ensured the delivery of our business
critical project, meeting our stringent key performance indicators.
His involvement added a unique package of professionalism, value
I would recommend Barry to any company either in a consultancy
capacity or actually delivering the project himself.”
If you've got a problem
or challenge – I've
got a solution!
My principal aim is to give you the very best possible value & service
for your investment.
My best results have been achieved with clients who are
open, I offer a comprehensive catalogue of IT project related services
making up an extensive package for success.
These services are designed to assist you in every possible way.
Helping you identify the way ahead, dispersing the fog and providing
a clear vision. Together we will plot an appropriate course of
action, sorting the wheat from the chaff and implement a 'best
Each service is tailored to your needs recognising your constraints
and challenges of the environment you’re working in. This
could include applying a robust structure to your organisation,
ensuring appropriate control and governance to all of your projects
or even defining a suitable methodology.
They range from working closely with a project manager, on a one-to-one
basis in a coaching and / or mentoring role, to providing a consultancy
type role advising on 'Best Practise' fine-tuning or introducing
You may want me to actually deliver a key piece of work on your
behalf or give a presentation or speech at a seminar you are organising.
I never shirk a challenge and thrive on the opportunity of demonstrating
and practising what I preach! For me there is no better way of
getting a principle or point over than personally proving the advantages
of implementing a project the most efficient and effective way.
The services described below are by no means a definitive list but
will give you a great idea of the scope and depth of what I do.
This has formed a large part of my work over the years. Being 'parachuted'
in to the battle zone! Quickly gathering key information to assess
the situation, making decisions, often-tough ones, to rescue
or recover the project. A balanced approach to this exercise
is "key" to
The picture presented to you will be 'factual and unemotional'
(a wonderful expression used by two colleagues I recently worked
with!) The judgements made will not be based on emotive feelings
Capturing the way it is providing a firm but fair view using
accurate observations and reporting back the way the land lies
not how things are perceived.
This activity should not be treated as a 'behind enemy lines'
clandestine operation of gathering intelligence! No, instead
it will be an open and honest exercise identifying the way it
is with the supporting evidence. Otherwise how can your problem
be realistically identified and addressed?
Wherever possible assumptions will not be made. Assumptions can
lead to misinformation and the wrong decisions being taken.
Facts with supporting evidence are needed. A form of policing
and monitoring is the order of the day. This policing could be
a "softly-softly" or a "hard-line" approach depending on the situation
and the approach deemed most appropriate and favoured by you.
The information is gathered by constructive questioning, getting
down to the detail and finding out the way it really is. This
is always an interesting exercise with the outputs often throwing
up some interesting discrepancies between perception and fact
and guaranteed to lead us to identifying the root cause of your
This exercise should include gathering the view of the front
line troops, not necessarily just management. Capturing the facts
not just the perception is vital if the appropriate treatment
is to be prescribed. Be warned - this does not suit everyone
and the medicine does not always taste sweet!
You may have a specific conflict or issue internally or externally
having a serious adverse impact on your project's progress.
If you have such a problem right now then don't hesitate, act
NOW!Click here to contact me. Call me immediately and don't
let the problem fester and cause you any more grief or any more
disruption than it has already done.
Having made the call you may be pleasantly surprised! Talking
the issue through with me could well put you quickly on the road
to recovery and who knows may not even cost you a penny!
If you have a potential crisis and it can't be resolved over
the phone I'll at least be able to offer you a lifeline. A fresh
approach with a clean pair of eyes usually works wonders. Remember
a problem shared is a problem halved.
Coaching & Mentoring
This can be a real winner with multiple returns on your investment.
It can be done either high or low profile, shadowing on an individual
basis, one-to-one. It will depend on the person involved but
is usually extremely rewarding for all concerned.
This approach involves providing guidance, passing on my knowledge
and experience on a personal basis. Absolutely no doubt with
this, the individual will respond and their performance significantly
improves. This is a major plus for both the person involved and
One slight note of caution here - the individuals involved must
want to help themselves!
Structure is borne from chaos!
I can guarantee that they will start to enjoy the challenges
almost immediately and look forward to what they're going to
get thrown at them. I'll pass on my proven techniques that are
guaranteed to enhance their ability and confidence to manage
I have seen many a budding project leader or manager, disillusioned
and disgruntled with the role, suddenly gain a new lease of life.
By investing in some time and effort, showing them the right
way of going about project management they will see the light.
They'll re-discover their bounding enthusiasm for the job and
as we know enthusiasm is infectious, it will spread throughout
To learn more about how I work, my beliefs, values and philosophy
Click here. Get a good idea of the results I can produce for
you and your company and how we can be successful working together.
Have you already been through your initial planning phase for
Have you yet to design, build, and deliver your solution?
I can provide you with an effective risk management service.
Without doubt a wise investment of your time and money significantly
de-risking your project by flushing out all of the potential
showstoppers etc. before starting the project in anger.
In essence we would spend a pre-determined number of days analysing
your project's objectives, aims and approach. The outputs from
the activity will highlight your potential pitfalls and identify
the appropriate mitigation. They will be comprehensively documented
including a log and an action tracker to make sure nothing is
This relatively simple exercise, saves hundreds of thousands
of pounds of re-work and ultimately can save a project from disaster.
Overall, this is an extremely low price to pay for success.
Now we get down to the nuts and bolts of IT project delivery
This is NOT just a matter of chewing the cud over a meal or a
coffee and talking a good game. This is where Endeavour Strategies
Ltd delivers the solution for you, actually demonstrating the
best way of implementing your project. In effect, plotting and
executing your safest course available through the minefield
along the least line of resistance.
I'll bring to bear my wealth of knowledge and experience on to
your project. There will be no holds barred, with sleeves rolled
up and completely immersed in the muck and bullets of the projects
front-line. I will shoulder the overall responsibility for delivering
Generally speaking this works really well. It gives me a chance
to practise what I preach and provides me with plenty of opportunities
to pass on my experience and knowledge to other members of your
Your project team will witness first hand the most practical
way to deliver a solution on a day-to-day basis. They will be
involved with managing the issues as they appear, mitigating
the risks and communicating effectively with all of the project
team including their customers.
Ideally I will have been involved in the planning, initiation
and design phases but that is not always practical or possible.
Unfortunately these phases are often neglected it is often the
reason why projects get into the position they do.
You can feel secure in the knowledge that help is at hand and
only a phone call away.
Click here to contact me and find out more about how I can help
you and how you can take advantage of the FREE initial
This can be another extremely advantageous approach to take.
This involves me being a neutral mediator or organiser with no
pre-fixed or pre-determined views apart from the desire to make
sure a good job is done. For example, I would establish the joint
objectives, and aims, the desired and actual outcome and results
for a particular event.
This role allows me to constructively challenge, question, capture,
chair, steer and document the proceedings. Activities and events
Project implementation reviews
Phase end reviews
Conflict and issue resolution
This can be conducted at the premises of your choice for maximum
effect. I will arrange and execute everything leaving you to
be able to concentrate on the primary aim of the activity and
allow everyone to get the most out of it.
This can be done either in groups or with individuals either
as a one off or a pre-designed training programme structured
to your requirements and needs.
The content can range from covering the basics of project management
to a more advanced level drilling down to a more detailed view
and approach to delivering an IT project.
Different levels can be accommodated - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced
with a venue of your choice either in-house or externally off-site
perhaps at a neutral location.
This exercise is potentially a great money-saver
for you. Have your in-house methodology assessed - including
and processes. Then compare what you think is or should happen
against what is actually happening!
On the other hand you may not actually have an official methodology
in place and need a standard implemented across your company
or selected departments.
There may not necessarily be a need for a highly complex detailed
methodology in place to deliver your IT projects. Quite often
this apparent need is over-stated with an incorrect emphasis
on the theory with too much detail and not adhered to anyway.
However, there is a need for some form of methodology to be in
place, so why not either explore the simple process of introducing
a suitable methodology or make sure the one you have is suitable
AND working for you?
Nobody particularly likes audits! Have you ever
stopped to think why though?
Usually because they reveal weaknesses and shortcomings, highlighting
and reporting on areas that we don't want to hear about. Nevertheless,
the secret to success often lies in recognising and addressing
these weaknesses. No pain no gain as they say.
If you request an audit it will incorporate a comprehensive trawl
of your project. A thorough warts 'n all review. This includes
the project's scope, a review of why you're doing the project,
matching the requirements against the business case, the project's
governance, the communication plan, what is going to be tested
and so on.
One major objective will be to analyse the governance and approach
and ask the question is it working effectively? There is also
a comprehensive review of the existing documentation - is it
suitable and detailed enough? Is your Communication Plan being
adhered to for example?
You will be provided with a full report describing the findings,
the highs and the lows, areas to focus on and the actions necessary
by teams or individuals and of course hopefully some good news
Done properly this is an excellent investment, often savings
thousands of pounds and nipping potential issues in the bud.
Equally the audit serves as a great way of demonstrating the
project is going well and perhaps providing a reason for a much-needed
I just wish I could have been involved in planning
at the earlier stages with some of my clients - I would have
millions for them by now - that is no exaggeration! Planning
in the early
days of a project is the equivalent to "A stitch in time saves
Sadly the neglect of appropriate planning primarily occurs in
the early stages when either not enough information is known
about what the project needs to do or there isn't enough time
made available to plan.
Unfortunately this will continue to be neglected by many, many
companies until the deserts freeze over. Detailed planning in
the early stages is still often viewed as unnecessary and too
time consuming by many.
The JDI culture still prevails with an unfortunate preference
for "Chucking it in and seeing what happens and finding out what the issues are". This is closely aligned with the "We are where we are" philosophy!
Absolutely fine with regards to not dwelling on the negatives,
apportioning blame etc., but it also leads to the avoidance of
tackling the root cause.
By the time the shortcomings of the planning stages are realised
and recognised it is generally too late. The additional costs
associated with the extra work or re-work have to be absorbed,
often, with a severe impact on the project as a whole.
Don't let this happen to you! Engage my services and use my knowledge
and experience when you're in the primary stages of early planning
and give yourself the best chance possible of succeeding.
Click here to contact me and find out more about how I can help
you and how you can take advantage of the FREE initial
I will make sure the planning is sufficiently detailed so as
to ensure everything has been covered and thought of. Every effort
will be made to ensure that nothing has been missed and avoid
those nasty little surprises creeping out of the woodwork later
Speaking & Presentations
I have a number of topics that can
be delivered either as a speech or presentation to a variety
You might be thinking of organising or already organised an
event or seminar to launch a project and considering a guest
to give a presentation or after-dinner speech to set the tone.
You could be representing a business school, college or university
and looking for somebody to make a presentation to your students
on project management as a possible avenue to explore for their
The subject can be related to a particular aspect of project
management and presented to a group of managers or supervisors
with the aim of getting them focused on a critical element
of your project.
Alternatively, it can be a more general topic to get an audience
warmed up, to get them thinking and set the scene for a future
initiative you'll be introducing in the near future.
The subject matter can be tailored to your specific needs.
Generally they're written to last approximately 20 minutes,
as this tends
to be the desired length requested by most people.
I am about as flexible as you can get, being just as comfortable
delivering a formal presentation in front of VIPs to carrying
out a more informal presentation, in a relaxed but productive
atmosphere, for a small group or team. Why not make the most
of my experience