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Avoid ‘Projectitis’, get clarity with Oxford Projects

Are you spending more time documenting than accomplishing meaningful work projects?

 

Bitesize Seminar: Project Management for Scientists 16 April 2013

Steve Kendall, Managing Director of Oxford Projects, conducted a taster seminar highlighting tools and techniques to give clarity and control to a project, work or business strategy.

Alongside client Stephen Bold, former MD of Sharp Laboratories Europe, Steve used his 20 years’ experience in coaching, mentoring and delivering successful projects to focus on bringing about change, scoping and planning, learning, delivering and making sure, ‘the future is better than the past’.

Oxford Projects delivered a seminar to individuals seeking to increase efficiency and reduce costs in an increasingly challenging business climate. The event provided project and programme managers, directors and researchers with techniques and tactics to employ to avoid project failure. Oxford Projects provided practical guidance on how best to optimise project teams, secure clarity for your stakeholders and measure your success in a quantifiable way.

As Mr Kendall said, “The difference between success and failure comes down to the importance of time. Spend longer in planning and less time in doing and you will develop products, achieve results and find solutions. Technical advantages do not guarantee success. People skills, leadership and team development will benefit you and you will formulate a clearer picture of the stages necessary to deliver your required outcome.”

Tom Flanigan, Consultant and Managing Director of Oxford Biopharma agreed, “Developing clarity at the start of a project avoids problems further down the line. As a leader you need to offer that extra service to stay connected.”

Stephen Bold, former Managing Director of Sharp Laboratories, spoke about the economic benefits of Project Management in scientific research. He commented, “Your business should have more ideas than there are resources for.” Drawing on his experience of working in technology management, he touched on how a lack of clarity can cause conflicts between commercial and technical teams.

Other delegates commented, “The Project Management seminar for scientists provided an interesting perspective for early planning for all R&D projects.”

The next event in our programme is Cyber Security Awareness for SMEs. IASME is joining forces with the ICT KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network), Get Safe Online, BIS and Sutcliffe & Co to run this event at Begbroke Science Park for all small companies on May 23. This Workshop will run from 2pm-5pm in The Blenheim Room. To book a space please email events@begbroke.ox.ac.uk

Ben Roeves