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The new LPS tagline launched at the Hurricanes opening game for the Super Rugby season.

The new LPS tagline was launched during the opening home game of the Hurricanes for the Super Rugby season. The tagline aligns with the direction of where LPS is heading as a company. The last tagline was “We do Projects” and as LPS grew the company also outgrew the tagline. “Transform : Deliver”. The new tagline aligns with where the company positions itself as a market leader in its industry.


Transform : Deliver



LPS chose “Deliver” as a keyword for the new tagline because as a company we help our clients deliver high-level projects. We also deliver top quality service aligning with our client’s culture as well as our own. By delivering great projects we are able to transform our client’s companies. With the age of digital, this is a key part of our business model making sure we’re able to make positive change for our clients. LPS wouldn’t be the company it is today without living and breathing the company slogan. LPS delivers large transformation programmes for private and public enterprise organisations throughout New Zealand and Australia


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PM Systems LTD (LPS) appointed to AOG Operation Management and Risk panel.




As part of the All-of-Government (AOG) Consultancy Services solution, New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) has established the Business and Finance category.  This category offers eligible government agencies specialist advice. It also offers competitive solutions from a broad panel of experienced consultancies. PM Systems Ltd, trading as LPS, is pleased to have been appointed as a panel provider in the Operation Management and Risk tier 3 (AOG Operation Management and Risk). Eligible government agencies are encouraged to contact the Consultancy Centre of Expertise to sign up to the contract. This means there are benefits from the discounted rates, standardised terms, and conditions offered through the AoG Consultancy Services solution. Further information can be found on the Consultancy Services page on the New Zealand Government Procurement website.





The AOG Operation Management and Risk panel opens great opportunities for LPS. It allows LPS to establish a wider team and to swiftly contract with government. Working with companies like PM Systems LTD (LPS) saves government agencies time and money. In conclusion, this saves taxpayers money which means that money can be spent elsewhere. The AOG panel allows access to a range of providers offering quality and good value for money services.  For more information on the panel and to find out more about All-of-Government (AOG) visit the Procurement website:  https://www.procurement.govt.nz/contracts/consultancy-services/

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PM Systems LTD (LPS) appointed to AOG Business Change panel.




As part of the All-of-Government (AOG) Consultancy Services solution, New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) has established the Business and Finance category.  This category offers eligible government agencies specialist advice. It also offers competitive solutions from a broad panel of experienced consultancies. PM Systems Ltd, trading as LPS, is pleased to have been appointed as a panel provider in the Business Change tier 3 (AOG Business Change). Eligible government agencies are encouraged to contact the Consultancy Centre of Expertise to sign up to the contract. This means there are benefits from the discounted rates, standardised terms, and conditions offered through the AoG Consultancy Services solution. Further information can be found on the Consultancy Services page on the New Zealand Government Procurement website.





The AOG Business Change panel opens great opportunities for LPS. It allows LPS to establish a wider team and to swiftly contract with government. Working with companies like PM Systems LTD (LPS) saves government agencies time and money. In conclusion, this saves taxpayers money which means that money can be spent elsewhere. The AOG panel allows access to a range of providers offering quality and good value for money services.  For more information on the panel and to find out more about All-of-Government (AOG) visit the Procurement website:  https://www.procurement.govt.nz/contracts/consultancy-services/

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DX Conference Insights on Digital and Data


By Rob Franklin
Digital Delivery and Performance Manager – Vodafone
 
I was fortunate enough to attend DX 2018 ( DX conference ) a conference which focused on Digital Transformation. The key theme of Digital Transformation was covered by a number of leading industry speakers. They spoke on topics from Strategy and Governance to Technology and Platforms through to Customer Experience and Operational Efficiency.

The speakers each gave their point of view on competing in a world driving towards more digitally connected customers. Alex and Google home ecosystems have given people access to information at their fingertips. This is because of the use of voice command which is ever evolving in these two examples. A key theme that resonated with me through all of the presentations was “Think Relationships, not Transactions”. There was a lot of discussion about benefits of Agile, AI, IoT and scalable platforms. At the end of the day, all of these things support your organisation to understand your customers better. This allows you to act on their needs, improve and tailor their experience, or identify and capitalise on new needs, faster. All of this really leads to building a relationship with a customer eloquently put as.

“I want to be your favourite hello and your hardest goodbye”.

Thinking about relationships, not transactions is really about becoming Customer obsessed. Gunjan Bhow the keynote speaker, CDO at Walt Disney, really focused on this and it was constantly referred back to throughout presenters discussions. A great lesson for organisations was covered by Gunjan from his experience with Amazon. Organisations need to focus on addressing customer or organisational needs. This is before they look at how technology can help address these needs. They need to ask what can we do with a new technology after it is here.

DX conference “Technology is an enabler, not the change itself.”

To enable an organisation to really become customer-obsessed we need data about our customers. The more data we can collect the more we can assess and therefore can let the data lead us. A key theme touched on by a number of presenters was how we use digital not only to broker a sale but to really know a customer. We can use data to anticipate their needs. This allows people to personalise their interactions and surprise and delight them with things they would never expect. The focus on data provided a clear action for organisations, a key pillar of your digital strategy has to be a cohesive data collection and usage strategy. Collecting data, shaping it, using it to lead us and ultimately monetising it is key.

In conclusion:

Whilst the overall message at the DX conference was clearly organisations need Digital transformation to survive. But the real challenge set out here is how we as an organisation become customer-obsessed. How we move from transactions to relationships and collect and use data appropriately to ultimately surprise and delight our customers.

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LPS sponsor of the coffee cart for the DX conference for 2018.
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LPS attends and sponsors the CFO Summit

The CFO Summit was held at the newly renovated Cordis Hotel in Auckland this year. The conference saw over 140 delegates attend the conference during the day and over 300 people attended the gala dinner. LPS sponsored a stand in the main hall as well as sponsoring the networking drinks. Kevin Maloney was able to launch our new Agile video featuring Erika Barden Transformation Specialist on the main stage during the CFO Summit. LPS attended the CFO Summit gala dinner to support KiwiRail and Air New Zealand. Both companies were up for awards at the dinner. All though KiwiRail didn’t take away any of the awards it was good to have a few LPS team there to support the company and the members from KiwiRail that attended the awards dinner.

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Overall the summit was a great conference allowing LPS to interact with existing clients. We were able to also network with potential clients to broaden the LPS brand. This was a great conference and one will look to support in the future.

LPS CFO Summit
Launch of the new LPS video on the main stage screen at the CFO Summit.

LPS staff member Kevin Maloney on stage at the CFO Summit conference
Kevin Maloney speaking on the main stage at the conference and introducing our brand new agile video.



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PM Systems LTD (LPS) appointed to AOG Assurance panel.




As part of the All-of-Government (AOG) Consultancy Services solution, New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) has established the Business and Finance category.  This category offers eligible government agencies specialist advice. It also offers competitive solutions from a broad panel of experienced consultancies. PM Systems Ltd, trading as LPS, is pleased to have been appointed as a panel provider in the Assurance tier 3 (AOG Assurance). Eligible government agencies are encouraged to contact the Consultancy Centre of Expertise to sign up to the contract. This means there are benefits from the discounted rates, standardised terms and conditions offered through the AoG Consultancy Services solution. Further information can be found on the Consultancy Services page on the New Zealand Government Procurement website.





The AOG Assurance panel opens great opportunities for LPS. It allows LPS to establish a wider team and to swiftly contract with government. Working with companies like PM Systems LTD (LPS) saves government agencies time and money. In conclusion, this saves taxpayers money which means that money can be spent elsewhere. The AOG panel allows access to a range of providers offering quality and good value for money services.  For more information on the panel and to find out more about All-of-Government (AOG) visit the Procurement website:  https://www.procurement.govt.nz/contracts/consultancy-services/

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LPS Sponsors the Hurricanes Super Rugby team, 2018.

LPS is excited to announce that once again in 2018, we are sponsoring the Hurricanes Super Rugby team, with on-field signage during the Wellington home games. 


The Hurricanes are one of New Zealand’s most successful rugby teams. In addition they boast a number of high profile All Blacks and upcoming players. As a result the Hurricanes have had top 4 finishes for 3 years, and a championship win in 2016. This solidifies their status as a force to be reckoned with, and a team we are proudly associated with. 


Sponsoring the team gives us unmatched prime-time brand exposure during game time in one of our key markets Wellington. It also gives us exposure across Australasia including replays, news footage, social and print media. Hosting rights allows LPS to entertain key decision makers and clients in a unique environment. Consequently building our profile, networks and ultimately opening more doors to iconic and interesting project work among current and new customers.  Access to players and coaches also gives us the ability to run inspirational events. In 2017 the Hurricanes head Coach Chris Boyd spoke at our event about Change, Culture and building a high performing team to our hosted client BNZ. 


We are especially excited to be involved again this year. The first game saw LPS launch our new company tagline. The Hurricanes games are a great way for us to reach out to existing connections and also create new relationships. LPS has the same views on company culture as the Hurricanes therefore sponsoring the Hurricanes Super Rugby team is a relevant fit. We’re hoping that the Hurricanes can secure another win this year with the whole company supporting the team. Look out on our social media for updates on how the Hurricanes are tracking for the season.

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Doing Agile right

By Kamaal Ahmed

We have all heard it in some form or the other – Agile is the next great movement. It will transform the way we work and improve how we achieve success.  If you have been involved in or near technology or ICT, I’m certain that you have at least encountered, if not directly been inducted with, Agile Development adoption movement. It’s a phenomenon and one that is not undeserving of its merits. I personally have seen the positive-to-incredible impacts it has on a number of different organisations from different parts of the globe.  But how success manifests itself in those companies varies for a variety of different reasons. 



Here are few things that I have seen that what has enabled success with different entities:

  • Set Principles over Process – Those that are adopting Agile really should be learning, understanding and applying the values and principles listed out in the Agile Manifesto.  Don’t get caught up in mandating process and tools. Those are just enablers put forth to reinforce the core of what Agile is intended to establish.  You can hide behind process, but the philosophy is what provides a firm foundation and the value that will truly deliver.
  • Give Space & Time – Leaders within the org should allow the necessary space and time for teams to properly adopt Agile.  It is important for teams to be given what is required to learn and best understand how to best implement Agile.  Leaders that are impatient and expect things to pick up quickly will be disappointed. 
  • Journey, not Destination – One of the major principles of Agile is to allow the team to continually improve and evolve with the needs of the business and their customers.  The transformation shouldn’t be looked as ‘set it once and done’.  When first adopting Agile, teams should find what is the bare minimum (start small) of what they need to get started, apply those quickly, put it to use, and continue to grow & learn and never stop.
  • Manage Your Space – With any major change introduced, it’s easy to fall prey to overstepping your area. Trying to ensure that the entire end-to-end process is being followed properly.  If each person only stays within their jurisdiction, then the entire system will function best.  Product Owners should manage the product, not projects.  Scrum Masters should manage the scrum and sprints, not the team.  The team should manage itself, and nothing else.  People Managers should manage individuals, not the team. 
  • Fully Self-sufficient Team – The team needs everything within it to fully empower it to be successful and at the end of the day, deliver real value.  This means the team should be cross-functional – including individuals from the different subject-matters to help achieve success.  The teams contain developers, testers, analysts, and users. In addition anybody can be in the teams long as they are helping to turn an idea into tangible, realised output.  The less external dependency the team has, the nimbler it can be and the more traction it can make.
  • Wider Departments Change – Agile is a transformation targeted at software development. I have seen first-hand that if other departments evolve to better enable Agile, then the whole organization benefits.  It can be a wide systematic change if the leaders allow it to be.  This can go as far as how the organisations manage projects, control their financing (operating expense), treat their employees, customer engagement and business strategy. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list nor even a checklist. These are just high-level observations that I have seen from teams that have realised Agile achieve success early on.

 

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I believe LPS has poised itself to be in a great position. To be a proven instructor and enabler to help clients in realising the full potential of what Agile may offer.  We have some amazing, talented and smart folks amongst the staff that can architect and execute an Agile transformation that will offer the best benefit and impact to a client.  I am excited about the future of how digital organisations will continue to evolve & improve and how LPS will be at the forefront of that transformation.


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Stanford Women in Data Science ( WIDS ):

WIDS the Stanford Women in Data Science Conference is a worldwide one-day technical conference. This event is held the same day every year and is live streamed worldwide. The event provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science-related research in a number of domains. People learn how leading-edge companies are leveraging data science for success. It allows attendees to connect with potential mentors, collaborators, and others in the field. The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference is aimed to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide. This annual conference was held at Stanford University and 80+ locations worldwide via live stream or delayed broadcast. The Auckland event was hosted by Katarina Kolich New Zealand’s main Standford WiDs ambassador. The event free to attend thanks to the New Zealand sponsors who were BNZ, LPS and the University of Auckland.



LPS a key sponsor of WIDS:

LPS was very excited to sponsor such a huge WIDS event which was live streamed worldwide. Over 200 Data Scientist attended the Auckland event which was held in the Engineering building at the Auckland University. The Auckland event had a great line up of speakers at the forefront of Data Science in New Zealand. The female speakers included Liz MacPherson, Professor Rosalind Archer, Angie Judge, Pieta Brown, Agate Ponder-Sutton, Dr Lisa Chen, Amanda Hughes, Dame Diane Robertson, Kat Kolich and Emma Vitz who are all passionate about data science.The Bios’s of the speakers can be found here on the WIDSNZ website. LPS GM of Australia also spoke at the event as she has a large Data Science team already over in Australia. Lara is also working to establish a presence in the Data Science community in New Zealand for LPS. Watch the video from the event via Youtube now:







View some of the photos from the event below:

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What is PMO? 

A Project Management Office, also known as a PMO, has traditionally sat within technology departments. More recently we’ve seen a shift for PMO’s to be an enterprise function, as it’s projects that drive the delivery of business strategy Below is the simple explanation of ” What is PMO? ” the beginners guide.

The main role of a PMO is to provide governance, standards, reporting and process around project delivery. Its function is to maintain and define the standards as well as planning and prioritisation of the project pipeline.  

When a company gets to a level where they run multiple projects, this is where they will get value and traction by implementing a Project Management Office (PMO). A successful PMO consists of a few foundational elements including tools, processes, people, and strategyStandardising processes and improving efficiency will ultimately result in significant cost reductions and improve productivity across an organisation. With an increase in project volume and an increase in more complex projects, a Project Management Office becomes a vital part of any business.  What is PMO continued..

  

What is PMO and what does it do? 

 

A PMO is not defined by a tick box list it will vary from company to company but below are some of the possibilities: 

  


Promote communication in an 
organisation and information flow 

  • Train and coach stakeholders and project leaders 

  • Standardise methods and processes  

  • Plan resources 

  • Create a project portfolio  

  • Prioritise projects 

  • Create strategy 

  • Prepare resources for portfolio board 

  • Maintain Employee data: capacity, project allocation, and skills 

  • Optimize resources and solve conflicts  

  • Monitor projects and project portfolio tracking 



The technology industry is growing and so is Project Management Offices.
Find out what the future trends are of PMO over the next few weeks. See why you should outsource your PMO:

CO:PMO – Outsourced PMO

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