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Looking for new insight into the world of business change, transformation, programme management and more? Explore our latest articles.

Looking for new insight into the world of business change, transformation, programme management and more? Explore our latest articles…


Our part two piece on coping with change focuses on how, as business change professionals, we can take the lessons from PMO and the corporate classroom to help us deal with change better in our own lives.

People are only born with two fears; the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. So, while we all understand that change is scary, we’ve only learnt that through experience – not because the principle of change is wrong.

Exploring the dynamic between PMOs and one of the most demanding, valuable and misunderstood roles in business change management, that of programme sponsors, or – to give them their full title – ‘sponsors of change.’

Anyone who has worked within a large organisation knows that the most difficult thing to successfully accept, embed and land is change. It requires significant effort and, more often than not, these attempts either fail or are left, half-dangling, in the face of an unconvinced and resistant audience.

A-Z PMO Growth Mindset. A growth mindset is the belief that skills and intelligence are grown and developed over time. Here’s some ideas about growth mindset for your PMO!

Traditionally, January is a dull and painful month, full of post-Christmas comedowns, bad weather and fears for the oncoming year -and yes, a quick glimpse at the news would have us all believe that 2020 was already following that form. …
  We found our flex ...by creating and championing a flexible working culture At RedWizard, we’re not just a team, we’re a strong community of remote and flexible workers. And we believe flexible working should be a basic human right. Why? …
We know it’s important to be positive during change. But… are some business professionals becoming ‘positivity pushers’? If so, individuals may feel forced to suppress their true emotions. And that’s bad news! By Laura Handley, Change Lead at RedWizard I …
  Research suggests non-verbal signals have more impact than the spoken word. And if your verbal and non-verbal communication is out of sync, you may lose the trust of those around you!   By Laura Handley, Change Lead at RedWizard …
  Customer-centricity. Is it another buzz word? Yes. But one that will positively transform your PMO! By Jools Barror-Read, CEO and founder, RedWizard When I first started working in a project management office (PMO) almost 15 years ago, it was …
  By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management (PMO) Consultant, RedWizard The use of a project management office (PMO) as a service is growing. So why are so many businesses afraid to outsource their PMO, even if it’s failing!? It’s …
Decisions, decisions! Our lives are full of them and there’s always an element of risk involved. But ultimately, risk is merely the likelihood of an event occurring that may have some sort of impact—it may be negative, positive or nothing …
Before you commit to an external project, programme or portfolio management office (PMO) partnership, you need to dig, and dig deep. Ask the right questions—and listen carefully. The perfect PMO partner will help you take stock and calculate good risk …
  RedWizard was born out of a passion to understand change, to embrace it and to trust in its power to positively transform anyone and anything. Life is a struggle, and no one can escape the many challenges it brings. …
Workplace change CAN be positive and empowering—just put people first! When the word change is uttered in the workplace, it usually makes people feel anxious and full of dread. The simple fact is, many organizations still manage change poorly or …
The programme management (PMO) community need to face the uncomfortable truth—for many, nothing much has changed since the 90s and failure rates are at an all-time high. By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management (PMO) Consultant, RedWizard If your PMO is …
  As with many things complicated, bring all the pieces together in the right order and you’ve nailed it! But… if a single piece is missing, you’re on a rocky road to failure. By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management …
  An opportunity to work from home can be a blessing or a slippery slope to loneliness and depression. It all comes down to personality. By Laura Handley, Business Development Lead, RedWizard I’m a heads-down, focus, get the job done …
Juggling work and life doesn’t have to be difficult… not if organizations provide REAL flexible working opportunities. By Laura Handley, Business Development Lead, RedWizard Structured-flexibility… an oxymoron? I often see flexible working jobs advertised but on closer inspection, find they’re …
March, 2019   Change and how it can be positive and empowering to those on the ground Laura Handley, Business Development Lead, RedWizard Workplace change can be unsettling, anxiety-provoking and downright negative! However, managed well, it can be positive and …
  PMO? What the heck is that? It sounds like everything and nothing all at once. And that’s exactly what it will be, unless we fix our identity crisis. By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management (PMO) Consultant, RedWizard PMO is …
  Big changes in programme and project management have sparked conversation, but what impact have they had? Has anything really changed since the 90s? By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management (PMO) Consultant, RedWizard The programme management office (PMO) sets its …
999, My PMO is having an identity crisis Before I jump in to the details, I wanted to follow the lead of every great article out there with a…. disclaimer, of course! My disclaimer is that I spent the weekend …
Seven years into my career and I’ve only just mastered the art of explaining what I do By Marilyn Fernandes, Corporate Reputation and Change Communications Specialist, RedWizard When that dreaded question comes up: “What do you mean when you say …

Laura talks about change management from an outsiders perspective

We’re small but mighty, and we like it that way!

Positively Managing Ourselves – PMO gets Personal

Our part two piece on coping with change focuses on how, as business change professionals, we can take the lessons from PMO and the corporate classroom to help us deal with change better in our own lives.

Feel the fear and embrace the change

People are only born with two fears; the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises. So, while we all understand that change is scary, we’ve only learnt that through experience – not because the principle of change is wrong.

Juggling Corporate Curveballs

Exploring the dynamic between PMOs and one of the most demanding, valuable and misunderstood roles in business change management, that of programme sponsors, or – to give them their full title – ‘sponsors of change.’

Does Size Matter?

Anyone who has worked within a large organisation knows that the most difficult thing to successfully accept, embed and land is change. It requires significant effort and, more often than not, these attempts either fail or are left, half-dangling, in the face of an unconvinced and resistant audience.

PMO Growth Mindset

A-Z PMO Growth Mindset. A growth mindset is the belief that skills and intelligence are grown and developed over time. Here’s some ideas about growth mindset for your PMO!

Reflect, renew and recommit

Traditionally, January is a dull and painful month, full of post-Christmas comedowns, bad weather and fears for the oncoming year -and yes, a quick glimpse at the news would have us all believe that 2020 was already following that form. …

We found our flex

  We found our flex ...by creating and championing a flexible working culture At RedWizard, we’re not just a team, we’re a strong community of remote and flexible workers. And we believe flexible working should be a basic human right. Why? …

‘Positivity pushing’–does it belong in the world of business change?

We know it’s important to be positive during change. But… are some business professionals becoming ‘positivity pushers’? If so, individuals may feel forced to suppress their true emotions. And that’s bad news! By Laura Handley, Change Lead at RedWizard I …

Business Change and Communication: Do words matter when building trust?

  Research suggests non-verbal signals have more impact than the spoken word. And if your verbal and non-verbal communication is out of sync, you may lose the trust of those around you!   By Laura Handley, Change Lead at RedWizard …

PMO managers: Is your PMO customer-centric?

  Customer-centricity. Is it another buzz word? Yes. But one that will positively transform your PMO! By Jools Barror-Read, CEO and founder, RedWizard When I first started working in a project management office (PMO) almost 15 years ago, it was …

Improving the sponsor experience: Project sponsor onboarding checklist

Improving the sponsor experience: Project sponsor onboarding guide

How to successfully outsource your PMO with positive risk-taking

  By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management (PMO) Consultant, RedWizard The use of a project management office (PMO) as a service is growing. So why are so many businesses afraid to outsource their PMO, even if it’s failing!? It’s …

The 12 most common concerns businesses have when considering PMO outsourcing

Decisions, decisions! Our lives are full of them and there’s always an element of risk involved. But ultimately, risk is merely the likelihood of an event occurring that may have some sort of impact—it may be negative, positive or nothing …

The 5 most important questions you should ask an external PMO service—BEFORE partnering

Before you commit to an external project, programme or portfolio management office (PMO) partnership, you need to dig, and dig deep. Ask the right questions—and listen carefully. The perfect PMO partner will help you take stock and calculate good risk …

Change is inevitable

  RedWizard was born out of a passion to understand change, to embrace it and to trust in its power to positively transform anyone and anything. Life is a struggle, and no one can escape the many challenges it brings. …

10 ways to improve change in your organization

Workplace change CAN be positive and empowering—just put people first! When the word change is uttered in the workplace, it usually makes people feel anxious and full of dread. The simple fact is, many organizations still manage change poorly or …

8 ways to find out if you’re a PMO dinosaur

The programme management (PMO) community need to face the uncomfortable truth—for many, nothing much has changed since the 90s and failure rates are at an all-time high. By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management (PMO) Consultant, RedWizard If your PMO is …

PMO in the modern world (part three): The missing piece

  As with many things complicated, bring all the pieces together in the right order and you’ve nailed it! But… if a single piece is missing, you’re on a rocky road to failure. By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management …

Home working: Is it right for you?

  An opportunity to work from home can be a blessing or a slippery slope to loneliness and depression. It all comes down to personality. By Laura Handley, Business Development Lead, RedWizard I’m a heads-down, focus, get the job done …

It’s time to demand REAL flexibility in the workplace

Juggling work and life doesn’t have to be difficult… not if organizations provide REAL flexible working opportunities. By Laura Handley, Business Development Lead, RedWizard Structured-flexibility… an oxymoron? I often see flexible working jobs advertised but on closer inspection, find they’re …

Change management (part two): An outsider’s perspective

March, 2019   Change and how it can be positive and empowering to those on the ground Laura Handley, Business Development Lead, RedWizard Workplace change can be unsettling, anxiety-provoking and downright negative! However, managed well, it can be positive and …

PMO in the modern world (part two): The identity crisis

  PMO? What the heck is that? It sounds like everything and nothing all at once. And that’s exactly what it will be, unless we fix our identity crisis. By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management (PMO) Consultant, RedWizard PMO is …

PMO in the modern world (part one): What’s the maturity level of your PMO?

  Big changes in programme and project management have sparked conversation, but what impact have they had? Has anything really changed since the 90s? By Jools Barrow-Read, Portfolio & Programme Management (PMO) Consultant, RedWizard The programme management office (PMO) sets its …

999, My PMO is having an identity crisis

999, My PMO is having an identity crisis Before I jump in to the details, I wanted to follow the lead of every great article out there with a…. disclaimer, of course! My disclaimer is that I spent the weekend …

What it’s like to be a marketing communications consultant at RedWizard

Seven years into my career and I’ve only just mastered the art of explaining what I do By Marilyn Fernandes, Corporate Reputation and Change Communications Specialist, RedWizard When that dreaded question comes up: “What do you mean when you say …

Change management (part one): An outsider’s perspective

Laura talks about change management from an outsiders perspective

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We’re small but mighty, and we like it that way!