25 January 2018
1 Glass Wharf BRISTOL AVON BS2 0ZX
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Why business readiness is so important to successful project delivery

Burges Salmon, One Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0ZX

Implementing change in an organisation is not easy. It can involve changes to processes, ways of working and culture, all of which directly affect people and their behaviours. The success of a change project or programme will depend heavily on the readiness of the business and its people to change to the desired state so that the required benefits can be realised. The assessment of business readiness is essential to be able to plan and successfully implement change.

Burges Salmon’s programme management unit will share their experience of assessing business readiness. You will learn about what business readiness is, why it is important and the associated themes. There will be an interactive element to ascertain what business readiness means to you. The presentation will also relate back to how business readiness fits into the change work stream and how effective it can be to ensure a successful project delivery.

The programme management unit will share their experiences of business readiness from a number of projects which they have delivered to bring the subject to life.

Abi Williams is currently head of programmes at Burges Salmon.

She has worked at Burges Salmon for six years. Previous to that she has held senior roles within information management, evaluation, risk and strategic planning,

Since joining Burges Salmon she has worked on a range of projects and programmes that have introduced new ways of working across the firm. She has a particular focus in ensuring the projects portfolio is delivered in a way that minimises the impact of change on the firm’s day-to-day operations and ensuring that business benefits are achieved.

Abi has worked in a number of organisations, initially within a public affairs consultancy and then in the law firm, Clifford Chance. This was then followed with various roles at a government economic development agency, and then at the Quality Assurance Agency for higher education; an independent body which develops and operates quality assurance and enhancements arrangements across the UK.

Fiona Nicol is a project manager at Burges Salmon.

Having worked for the firm for 27 years, Fiona has undertaken various roles including IT training manager, IT trainer and legal secretary. Fiona has been a project manager within the programme management Unit for four years.

The most recent piece of work which Fiona has worked on is implementing a new client matter inception workflow for the firm’s practice management system. Previous to this, Fiona managed a number of work streams within the brand project to update the firm’s new visual and verbal identity.

Hazel Carter is a project manager at Burges Salmon.

She has worked at Burges Salmon for six and a half years and has managed a number of varying projects from the portfolio.

Hazel has recently completed the management of a programme of work which was in line with the firm’s mobile and remote working strategy. This involved an upgrade to the firm’s operating system and deploying new hardware to 700 plus employees. Business readiness was a key success to the smooth delivery of this programme.

Prior to working at Burges Salmon, Hazel had various project roles including a business analyst and business change driver working at a large financial services organisation supporting the delivery of large change programmes.

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APM Body of Knowledge reference

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3.2.4 Change management

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