2 November 2023
By Rachael Armitage
This 'International Project Management Day', we are putting the spotlight on our amazing Happy Projects Team and celebrating the important role they play in our business.
Without Project Managers, well... frankly, nothing would get done!
You might ask – what exactly do they do? Sometimes they are perceived as those 'annoying' members of the team that are chasing you to get things finished and letting you know, 'you've missed a bit!'.
However, at Team Happy, every day is different! Our mission is to create happier places of work around the world. Nothing is off the table. So, really, we can be asked to do (almost) anything!
We aim to please and provide fantastic results in the most efficient and cost-effective way. If you want out of this world, crazy, wonderful – we'll find a way to deliver!
So, what makes a great project team?
We often use the analogy that we are beautiful, elegant, poised swans above water, who at times are frantically paddling underneath the surface. Most of the time we are cool, calm and collected, and apply a pragmatic approach to all that we do.
However, sometimes inadvertently things can go wrong or someone throws us a curveball, and we have to act quickly to change direction.
But to us, that's the thrill of it. Many might find project plans and budgets quite boring... but successfully delivering what might have been a turbulent, fast-paced project to a happy client is a big win for us.
It's easy to get the 'blame' as a Project Manager when things don't go to plan – it's our bread and butter and, when things are going well, we don't get noticed. At THCG, that couldn't be more untrue. Project Managers are integral to our team's success, and work with our project teams to empower, lead and support to 'get it done'!
Recently we read about the concept of 'symbiosis' which is defined as 'a relationship between people or organisations that depend on each other equally'. As a team, we relate to this. We are one team, but very much rely on each other's unique strengths to achieve our goals.
So without further ado, please meet our Happy Projects Team!
“We will either find a way, or make one.” – Hannibal
Why do we love project management?
"The reason I love project management is that you get to be involved in all aspects of the process – there's not many jobs where you can be involved in design labs one minute, and reviewing films or attending pilots of our programmes the next. It also helps that I'm a huge geek when it comes to budget spreadsheets and project plans! In my role as Projects Director especially, I really find joy in enabling my team to do their best work & working with them to make sure we are delivering excellent results for our clients."
Jess Maguire – Happy Projects Director
"It’s always interesting, challenging yet rewarding. Mostly centres around solving problems that you didn’t see coming, and preventing problems from happening, learning new things (and constantly sharing that knowledge)."
V Gayatri – Happy Projects Manager
"I've never been one to seek out the spotlight, but I feel really passionate about delivering great work, and when I can support a team to do that (and do it well!) I get a real buzz from that. Just call me your friendly neighbourhood Project Manager!"
Vickie Chrimes – Happy Projects Manager
"My favourite thing about project management is definitely the people. Throughout the process you have the opportunity to interact with lots of different personalities, learn about their role in the business, and find out what makes them tick! If you master that, then it's much easier to achieve excellent results. It's so rewarding to solve a difficult challenge and celebrate as a team cheering 'YES - we did it', shortly followed by 'now what's next?!'".
Rachael Armitage – Happy Projects Coordinator
What makes our Happy Projects Team unique?
We have a wealth of expertise in the L&D world, as well as experience in other industries.
We all bring something different to the table, both professionally and personally, but share the same pride, passion and purpose for all that we do.
We are at the core of everything that happens – the wider team values how important our skill set is and we are always made to feel valued members of the team.
We’re very creative & collaborative in the way we work – everyone at Team Happy is on board with the vision and motivated to make plans on paper become a reality.
Project management to us is a combination of several not-so-easy jobs done concurrently. There is an art in being able to switch from one thing to the next in what sometimes feels like a nanosecond and, well basically, be a superhero – right?!
By having a detailed project plan in place, it enables us to have an overview of all deliverables and juggle many plates, as well as helps us to assess potential challenges and develop strategies to reduce risks on a project - they are very much our map to success.
Our aim is to consistently provide a high-standard of service to our clients and work in the most efficient ways. To achieve this, we have 6 key project management principles, as well as a unique tried and tested project process, that we follow as a team:
Client Relationship & Communications Management
Budget & Time Management
Change & Risk Management
Quality Acceptance Management
As the Happy Projects Team, we are the driving force behind these principles to ensure everyone stays on track and achieves their best work to deliver amazing results for our clients.
Our question for you is...
'how are you achieving great results without a projects team?'.
The benefits of having a projects team and process in place will undoubtedly save you time and money, and we can prove it!
So, if you want someone to save you the stress of your project from start to finish – you know who to call...
With Much Happiness,
THCG Happy Projects Team
If you'd like to know more about how to create happiness, get in touch at email@example.com
We'd love to hear from you!