Q2 Associates: Project and Management Excellence

Q2 Associates delivers better management and better projects. Our approach is based on many years of practical experience in corporate environments. Q2's services include:

  • Project Management Excellence: developing and implementing best practice
  • Project Management, Programme Management and PMO operation
  • Project Assurance, including a health check service designed to maximise project success
  • Project and Management resourcing
  • Development and implementation of PM standards and templates
  • Development of PM skills, including accreditation schemes, training and development
  • Building a PM community, using events, social and other media
  • Coaching schemes and coaching of Project Managers
  • The practical application of Agile techniques in "waterfall" projects

How can Q2 Associates help?

Q2 Associates has practical experience of implementing PM Excellence services in challenging corporate environments. It is not a theoretical approach; we have been there and done that.

Specific services that we offer are:

  • Development of tailored and pragmatic standards, including methodology, processes, guidelines and templates
  • Design and implementation of in-house PM accreditation schemes
  • Design and delivery of training, coaching and mentoring
  • PM event design and participation, including memorable guest speaker engagement and workshop delivery
  • Project support, facilitation and intervention services
  • Agile coaching

Q2 Associates can do this in whole or in part, ranging from providing an external project assurance function for your most challenging project, through to delivering a complete “PM Excellence” solution for your organisation.

We are practitioners, experienced in delivering projects and operating PMOs. So our services also include:

  • Project Management, Programme Management and PMO operation
  • PM resourcing

For further information please contact info@q2associates.com

Experience

Projects undertaken by Q2 Associates include:

  • For the UK's largest mobile operator, over a 10-month period, worked with the Programme Office to deliver improvements in project delivery. This wide-ranging engagement covered topics such as: departmental vision & objectives, weekly status reporting, project health checks, project gate reviews, resource allocation, the "PM Guide" (published as a physical book), post-implementation reviews, risk reviews, escalations and exception-handling, PM engagement (via events, wiki, newsletter, forums) and PM tooling including SharePoint and SmartCore. The improvement initiative itself was delivered using Agile Scrum.
  • Worked with a major network equipment vendor to improve their approach to product assurance, in order to satisfy the commercial requirements of a UK mobile operator.
  • Worked with a UK system integrator to establish frameworks for PMO operation (with a particular emphasis on risk management), in support of a proposed major MVNO implementation.
  • Provided Agile coaching to multiple teams at the UK Department for Work & Pensions, and established their wiki-based Agile knowledge repository.
  • Providing IT project assurance services to a leading UK operator of mobile services.

Russell Whitworth

Q2's Managing Director, Russell Whitworth, is an experienced project/programme manager and consultant who has worked in the telecommunications industry throughout his career. His employers have included a user organisation, a vendor, a management consultancy, a telecommunications consultancy, and a major telecommunications operator.

A specialist in “PM Excellence” – he understands how to improve project management in a corporate environment, by development and appropriate application of standards, staff development, and quality management.Projects that he has led include network and service design and deployment, security compliance, business modelling, telecommunications strategy, licence bid management, and procurement of public network equipment.

Qualified as both an engineer and a marketeer, and with considerable programme management, project management, process management and business planning experience, Russell particularly excels in the management of cross-functional teams.

For further details, visit Russell's LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/q2associates.