Through project coaching, we help and challenge the project manager, project management or the entire team to succeed with their project. We believe that challenge, transparency and open dialogue promote good project performance.
Choose Zephyr Consulting because:
We know that mindset means everything and have a great focus on the human part of projects
We are good at creating a trusting atmosphere where members have the necessary, and sometimes challenging, discussions.
Our long-standing hands-on experience with project management enables us to cut to the bone and focus on what is relevant.
"The project caught up with the 6 weeks that we were behind"
"We increased employee engagement by 25% in project team"
Successful Project Execution
Project coaching helps and challenges the project manager, project management or the entire team to have an optimized project plan that creates the prerequisites for successful project execution. Having external eyes on the project as well as people to “play ball with” increases the likelihood of the project succeeding.
Basically, we work with four areas that can either be handled individually or in combination:
- Create the right foundation (behavior, values and success criteria). If you forget this part or if it is not solid enough, the rest will fail no matter what.
- Create a good optimal plan (including dependencies and a strong focus on customer-supplier relationships), which creates the foundation for proactive follow-up.
- Execution with a focus on avoiding pitfalls when the plan meets reality.
- Learning. How to ensure that the project continuously reflects and implements experiences.
We have extensive experience in helping with everything from project kick-off to continuous coaching of the project management team.
The tools we use are a combination of methods that have been developed over the centuries in the military combined with modern methods such as Lean, Visual Management and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.
- Involve project members at all stages
- Focus on identifying the right conditions for success (including supportive behavior)
- Approach and challenge the project team in order to optimize the project plan
- Create a culture of transparency and openness
- Facilitate an ongoing dialogue on how efforts can be prioritized
We take our own medicine, because we know
Our own experience as both project managers and project members in small and large projects allows us to quickly get a handle on the situation and create open and trusting cooperation.
The tools we use are a combination of methods that have been developed over the centuries in the military, combined with modern methods such as Lean, Visual Management and LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY®
The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method. The method is a recognized and proven tool for strategy development, innovation and team development, etc. The method has been developed at LEGO® Company in collaboration with leading researchers within strategy and organizational behavior. The tool makes use of the diversity of the LEGO® brick. LEGO® elements therefore function as three-dimensional models of business issues and challenges. Research shows that when we use our hands in a creative process, we express our thoughts and ideas in a more precise and nuanced way. This means that they are easier to understand and remember. In a project context, we use the tool for project start-up, project team development and scenario sessions.
1. Clarification of Needs/Alignment of Expectations
The process starts with an initial meeting with the aim of clarifying what kind of project support you need. We look at the framework of the project and where it is primarily that you can be challenged and where you can focus to get even better. For example, you may want to be challenged on your project plan, help kick-off the project or set up the framework for follow-up. It all depends on the project model and culture you are part of. For us, it is important that you as a company get a solution that is worth the investment and can be felt even after we have finished the task. Under normal circumstances, we return with a proposal for solving the task within a week, after which we agree on the further process.
2. Agreement/Course of Action
When we have an agreement, we sit together and define:
- Success criteria
- Scope (participants, duration etc.)
- Follow-up and feedback
All activities conclude with an evaluation meeting.
The purpose of this is multi-faceted:
- To check if success criteria are met (we always measure before and after)
- To obtain feedback on our performance.
- To provide feedback from our side on any observations that might be relevant to the project team
We believe in continuous improvement as a means of staying ahead.
Finally, we agree any follow-up activities.