DEVELOP CHANGE CAPABILITYDEVELOPING YOUR TEAMS TO STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF RETAIL IMPROVEMENT
FINDING EFFECTIVE RETAIL PROJECT MANAGERS
You’ve turned your strategy into an achievable roadmap already. You’ve got a series of projects which each need to be landed to deliver the whole programme of change.
You need effective and efficient retail project managers to take action. There are several ways that you may have set up your project management teams:
Maybe you’ve seconded your team from stores to head office for this important project. These people often are passionate about the business with energy to drive progress. But they have no direction and no real idea about how to make change in a political business environment. They are not project managers.
Perhaps your team are operations managers, blending the day job with project work. It is always challenging balancing the demands of day to day work with the need to do project work. These people are also not project managers.
It’s possible that you’ve promoted junior staff into project management roles. They were probably analysts, project coordinators or in another administrative-type role. The shift up to project management can feel like a big step – particularly if the project is actually important and critical to the business. While they’ve seen projects, these people have never fully taken on that project manager role.
The final option is that you’ve taken existing project managers or hired externally. Your existing project managers are great but you only have a limited number. Meanwhile, your external hires don’t understand the organisation, the culture or the background to what’s going on. These people are project managers and can support others at the expense of working on their own projects.
FINDING THE RIGHT METHOLOGY
You know that you must develop your team’s capability to get them fit for the future. After all, your programme and projects are likely to be important to the future success of the business.
So you must develop project management capability. There are plenty of training courses – just try typing “project management training” into Google.
But are the different options available suitable for retail? Are they going to learn to take a pragmatic approach to deliver change – without a mountain of project paperwork? Many approaches such as the public sector focused PRINCE2 may not be suitable for the fast paced retail environment and other options may be suited to other industries – such as Lean Six Sigma originating from manufacturing environments. Will a ‘one size fits all’ approach for project management be suitable for your unique situation?
Also, will your project managers be armed with actionable tactics to take on the challenges facing retailers – and the pitfalls facing retail project managers?
Non-project managers are responsible for managing important projects.
Project management methodologies not a natural fit for most (if not all) retailers, adding complexity and bureaucracy.
Project management training doesn’t prepare you for managing real projects.
GOT THE T-SHIRT?
Training partners do not often understand the challenges and barriers when really delivering retail change.
RETAIL FOCUSED PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING
You need a retail focused project management training solution. You need a solution that recognises the pragmatic style of the retail industry and that focuses on overcoming the common retail project challenges. Your people need to be trained and coached by someone who knows and has taken the path to retail project success.
This is exactly why I developed a retail project management training programme. It’s called Project Manager Success and it’s a blend of best practice tools and project management methodologies combined with my real life experience of actually delivering retail change projects and programmes.
Click to discover more about my retail project training.
Particular focus on what it takes to successfully manage projects in the retail industry.
Learn actionable tools and techniques to confidently overcome project problems and successfully engage stakeholders.
EXPERTS ON HAND
Students have access to expert coaching to help when applying their learnings to real-life situations.
Online training on demand or classroom-based workshops – both have their own benefits. Decide what you want.
If you’re accountable for delivering projects, you must have the preparation and support to maximise your chances of success. What is the cost of project delays or cancellations through avoidable and careless project management? Can your business really afford to make those mistakes and slips?
- AREN’T OTHER PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING OPTIONS MEANT TO BE INDUSTRY AGNOSTIC?
- I’D LIKE TO USE STANDARD PROJECT MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES.
- IS THE ONLINE TRAINING ENGAGING? (PROJECT MANAGEMENT CAN BE A DRY TOPIC!)
Yes, but that means they try to cater to all industries – whether it’s designing the next space rocket or improving a relatively simple retail process. These different industries will obviously have vastly different requirements in terms of project speed, project budget, governance, risk management and many other aspects. This has been tailored for and is specific for retail change and transformation projects.
The Project Manager Success programme takes the best bits from many different methodologies (such as PMBOK, PRINCE2, Lean Six Sigma and Agile) and leaves out the elements which aren’t a good fit for retail. They’re a blend of the proven tools and techniques combined with the most common challenges from retail projects.
The online Project Manager Success programme is broken into small, easy to digest lessons, each lasting 5 – 10 mins using video, complete with additional guides and templates to download. Make contact using the form below and ask to see a sample video.
HOW DO WE MAKE THIS WORK
There are many different options to build your team’s capability to successfully manage and deliver change. It’s important to find the right solution which:
Equips your team with what they need to know, when they need to know it
Is easy to use and encourages the learner to take action
Uses practical, proven techniques for retail projects
I’m happy to help you find the right programme and advice you based on your requirements. To make contact, just fill in the form.