Dr Penny Pullan founded Making Projects Work Ltd. in 2007 to focus on solutions to make projects and programmes work
For years beforehand, Penny had wondered what made the difference between projects that soared and those that never took off. She gathered up the things that helped and discarded those that didn’t.
Penny’s quest started during research in Engineering and followed her to Logica, AstraZeneca and Mars Inc. During her travels, she experienced small projects (e.g. new systems for planning a factory) and huge programmes (e.g. cultural change in cocoa farming communities in West Africa).
Over and over again, she found project success came when people worked together with:
- a clear, shared vision and purpose,
- commitment, with accountability,
Penny learned visual facilitation skills and found that these were invaluable to her project work. She travelled the world for Mars Inc. consulting internally on making projects work. She developed project managers, business analysts and their teams, in methodology and how to get the most out of groups.
Now, her company brings all these learnings to a much wider pool of change professionals around the world, through open events, in-house work and published books. Penny couldn’t do all of this without her support team: her administrator, designer, reception team and web support team. Penny also brings in different people from her networks to support the particular needs of each piece of work.