"Making things happen" is a distinguishing feature of Z/Yen, especially making things happen with a purpose. Project management is a core skill for us, not only because we must manage our own projects, but also because clients expect us to help them manage theirs. Z/Yen's environment is a demanding one for a project manager - unique problems, a variety of industries, a variety of skills, a mix of client, Z/Yen and other staff, punishing deadlines, rapid change and high quality standards. Without a strong focus on project management, we could not survive as a business.
Project managers must answer some basic questions:
Z/Yen manages a large number of demanding projects, such as coordinating a £150 million privatisation, designing a $300 million global trading network, installing the largest social work monitoring programme in the UK and managing a $3 million research project in computing and finance.
Z/Yen people have managed an enormous range of projects from cartographic digitisation of the world, to the London Ambulance Service systems turnaround, to the Eurotunnel project management office (French side) through to the installation of high-performance global trading systems.
We work with our clients in a number of ways:
We recognise, and respect, the diversity of project management methodologies, e.g. PRINCE in the UK, as well as the supporting technical methodologies, e.g. SSADM, which are used in different fields. In the final analysis, the more we control risks on projects, the more successful projects we deliver, the greater the rewards.