We introduced a new project management framework and governance function a year ago. It’s transformed our ability to respond effectively and flexibly to priority business needs. In the first of two posts, deputy head of digital comms Alex Pardoe explains how.
Where we were
When I started in this role in early in 2017, the team was really struggling to cope with the competing demands from across the University. These sort of things:
- Work requests could arrive from anywhere: email, phone calls, Yammer comments, meeting minutes, post-it notes on desks, chats in kitchen area, chats in the pub etc.
- Objectives undefined/entirely absent – why are we going to do this work?
- Scope of work undefined – what are we going to do, when do we know we’ve done it… and do they agree?
- No one talked about cost.
- And many, many more…