Converting ideas to workable plans
We live projects
How can you pick a good project manager?
- Communication, communication, communication
- Deadline focus: nag early or lament late
- Plan, record, review, plan
- Delegate and support
- Making it fun
two decades of experience
In the mid 2000s there were a gazillion separate indicators in a range of disconnected sources – so it was a huge task accessing statistics that told a useful story about a council area or region. DTED and the LGA joined forces with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to set up EasyData, a one-site source of regional indicators. Kristine was the external project manager, and together with a fantastic Local, State and Commonwealth Government team, we conceptualised, built, tested and launched EasyData in exactly six months. EasyData has been superceded by the ABS’ census on tablebuilder.
Kristine managed the State Government’s
Community Builders and
Building Positive Rural Futures programs from 2003 to 2010, working with over 100 small rural communities. Community Builders is a beautiful model, which generates connections, skills and initiative to allow small communities to bootstrap their own development. Most towns that participated in these programs are still ‘punching above their weight’.
We developed the Community Builders concept into SOCIALLY EMBEDDED LEADERSHIP – illustrated here in our Building Layers of capacity explanation model.
Plastic Bag Phase Out Communication Messages
Zero Waste SA was responsible for the phase-out of single use plastic shopping bags in South Australia. KPPM was engaged to identify the messages that would appeal to retailers and the public to make a smooth transition.
We ran focus groups with shoppers and retailers across the state, and found that South Australians understand the need to be ‘green’ (so this wasn’t necessary in the message), and people simply needed a reminder to ‘take your own bag’. We also found that retailers were concerned about their staff being blamed for the change – hence the counter-top signs ‘please don’t bag us’.
CPA Member of the Future
In the early 1990s CPA Australia was experiencing a slowing of membership from Gen Ys. KPPM was engaged to investigate and recommend a turn-around strategy.
We conducted focus groups with young members, uni students and high school students across the country and discovered that young people wanted a more responsive professional development system, leadership opportunities, and repositioning of the CPA designation as a highly desirable career opportunity.
CPA implemented our recommendations and experienced a rapid turnaround in GenY interest – resulting in record membership.
Over the past 20 years, Kristine has completed two significant qualifications – a Masters in Business Administration (Uni SA, 1996) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Flinders University, 2012). Both were significant projects in their own right – accomplished while running the business, bringing up children, moving house, and maintaining community involvement (notably Chair of the Adelaide Business Hub and the Hallett Community and Sports Association).
Why choose KPPM for your project? If we do this for entertainment – imagine what we can do when we’re paid!