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A new painting is born "Snow on windy roof" Sept. 2016

By Rosana De Montfort 22.09.2016

 

"Snow on windy roof" is an acrylic painting on canvas, size 90 x 70 cm and its inspired by the De Montfort corporate colour Petrol Blue as it will be part of the new conference room.

A new painting is born "Ice Lake City" Oct. 2016

By Rosana De Montfort 18.10.2016

 

This work has been going through several stages of searching for shapes and figures. Cubism is a style I like to use to express moods of winter. Harsh lines, smudged shapes and heavy handed approach.

What is a Virtual PMO and what should it include?

By Russell De Montfort 17.06.2016

 

You can leverage expertise where-ever it exists no matter the time zone or base that your team operate from. You can cut down on expenses. Instead of forcing your team to always be on site all the time, you can pick and choose who needs to be on site (and which site), and the rest of the team can interact with them electronically. This cuts down on project expenses, and the client is happier. when they are able to be strategic about which resources are used at any given time. It supports transparency, and builds trust. Using online collaboration tools and virtual project management means you can involve more stakeholders as frequently as you require throughout the project.

 

  • A Project Management methodology
  • Guiding standards
  • Business-led Enterprise Architecture preferences
  • Methodologies (workflows, best practices, understandings)
  • Process designs (functions, processes and procedures)
  • Enterprise-wide quality and process initiatives (Balanced Scorecard, CMM, 6Sigma, ITIL, PMBOK, etc)
  • Enterprise Level Benefits
  • Portfolio, Program and Project alignment
  • Clear alignment of all project initiatives to business benefits
  • Management processes for effectively identifying, assessing, selecting, and managing programs
  • A ‘centralised’ view (a single view of activity, resource allocation, etc.) of all projects across all programs
  • Operational visibility which makes it easier for management to see how resources are being deployed and utilised
  • Pre-selecting which programs to target so the portfolio best matches the enterprise-resource-mix for maximum on-going yield to the business

Do you want a PMO ELITE in your own team?

I can build one which suits your specific needs.

By Russell De Montfort 22.09.2016

 

In the constantly changing world we cannot honestly say we work in a routine environment. Routine must be therefore replaced with systems, which indicate never changing processes, calculate an outcome based on logical influences, probable factors and possible risks...Read more here ->

Reduce supplier overheads

By Russell De Montfort 02.05.2016

 

Question?

How many suppliers do you currently have to maintain as part of your procurement process?

If it is greater than the number of weeks in the year and you have limited resources in your procurement department you are going to struggle.

 

We have learnt from various businesses large and small that having a manageable number of competent suppliers gives your business that all so needed boost. Suppliers are more than happy to supply you with consultancy or time and material based contracts, but why should you not have a fixed price or a no cost fix all contracts.

 

Allow your staff to have more control over your suppliers, allow us to help educate your team and make them the experts instead of having to go to the so call consultancy experts.

 

Trust us, no consultancy is doing business with you just for the love of your tea, no matter how nice it tastes.

 

We tell you our day rate, we operate on a fixed cost price and we deliver. If you’re not satisfied with our results we will always try to find a common ground and hope to leave you and your company with the knowledge to help it fight for a better brighter future.

Is staff reduction really the answer?

By Russell De Montfort 17.06.2016

 

Too many companies are doing the simple mathematics, what is my largest overhead, oh yeah that would be my staff. To be honest this is the first mistake of any organisation that has invested in their staff. Let’s not beat around the bush you have good people working for you so why would you want to reduce that capability, why not do the less obvious thing and invest in your people. We have shown a number of organisations recently that it is not cost effective to reduce staff now only to have to recruit those same skills sets within 18 months to 2 years.

 

So do the sums again and look at how you can re train, encourage your staff to be more efficient for your business? You will be pleasantly surprised the effect this can have on corporate moral and productivity.

 

Give me a call and let me show you how those few steps to complete staff training can provide you will so many benefits. Loyalty is not only based on paying your staff the best salary, find out what motivates your staff and get them show you how much better your company can grown.

Invoices!!!

By Russell De Montfort 01.05.2016

 

In this modern age it still surprises us that the accounts department has more paper work now than it did 10 or even 20 years ago. I hear and have seen the slogan the paperless office, we all know that is just fantasy.

 

So where do you start to reduce your overheads and get back control of your accounts peoples time and effort. We like to help you in that decision making process by applying simple tried and tested techniques we have deployed in large banking and government organisations over the past 25 years.

 

If you can reduce the number of invoices being raised via a paper based environment this will be a good start. Some of the techniques we have deployed and suggest to you will mean that your staff will have more time on their hands to deal with more pressing queries other than oh the printer is jammed again.

 

You will also notice that your staff will also help with making suggestions on how they know some suppliers work and to this end we all get the benefit of that knowledge.

 

Reduce your invoice and payment schedules and get more control of your organisation.

Why would you engage an "AD HOC PM" ?

By Russell De Montfort 02.08.2016

"Taxi Taxi"

By Rosana De Montfort 02.08.2016

 

Whatever made me paint this one belongs into the moods of busy towns. I sometimes crave the rush hour shopping and rainy streets reflecting the word around us in a colourful warp. This is a small painting on canvas with acrylic paint meassuring 50x70 cm.

Modern and old contrast- part of a bathroom intrior design

By Rosana De Montfort 3.08.2016

 

You think an old and rotten piece of wood belongs to the fireplace? Wrong. We utilise precisely those pieces of character found in the garden and change to the main features of the interior design. The natural element looks even more prominent combined with more industrial or clinial design to pick up the contrast between old and new. The result is a treat.

"NHKG"

By Rosana De Montfort 12.09.2016

 

Industrial subject inspired by a place I used to play at when I was a small child. The cold winters were enhanced by the steel and concrete feel and intensified to the point one could not help the toes and fingers to go numb. I stayed outside until the dark has descended upon the city and observed how the spirot of late night manufacturing never sleeps. 50x70 cm, acrylic on canvas.

Our new conference room in the heart of Europe is taking shape!

By Russell and Rosana De Montfort 22.09.2016

 

For our continenatl clients we have decided to build a conference room/ photo studio/workshop. We have chosen an old barn and faced few challenges. The process of stabilisation of this part of the building has involved the all around reinforcement including the side walls and the ceiling. The original walls have been made with dirt bricks. Some of them weren't burned well and the walls have threatened to collapse under the weight of the roof. We have applied concrete shell to all the side supportive walls widening them by 20 cm and tied additional bricks into the edges for extra stability. The ceiling is a complex structure which ties the entire circumference of the building. ... Read more here ->

  • If you do have a full time PM they are usually busy with other ongoing tasks.
  • If you don't have a full time PM the recruitment process can take longer than the duration of the project undertaken.
  • The tasks themselves only require a part time activity i.e. 2-3 days per week.
  • A full time PM with ongoing training costs more on the delivery of a short term project.
  • Recruitment time for a full time employee can take between 8-12 weeks before they start.
  • Most contractors will not accept part time work for a short duration i.e. less than 3 months.

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