Approach

Putting people & leadership at the heart of project delivery

At the heart of our approach is what we call the 5T's Framework, which is designed to enhance success in five key areas of delivery: Target, Terrain, Tribe, Time Mastery and Taking Care of Yourself. Simply put, it delves deep into the “Why” and “How” of project management, as opposed to just the “What”.

Project management is all about making change happen. But we only see the true benefit of that change when people begin to think and act differently, and when we see great leadership and people skills at work. Because ultimately, people are the real difference between a project (or even a business) succeeding or not.

Our tried and tested approach allows you to focus on teamwork, staff engagement and collaboration. It demonstrates how project success is a direct result of strong leadership, engaged teams, clear outcomes and a consistent focus on business and customer needs.

ExtraordinaryPM fully integrates with tools like PRINCE2 and Agile, but what we do is very different. Where they focus on the technical aspects of the job, we aim to bring the human element firmly to the fore, addressing leadership and people skills as key ingredients of the overall project management mix.

The Journey to extraordinary

At ExtraordinaryPM, we know that the best way to leverage skills and experience is by sharing our knowledge openly, allowing insights and expertise to multiply and ultimately benefit as many people in the profession as possible. To this end, we deliver a mixture of industry networking and speaking engagements, as well as regular webinars, articles and thought leadership pieces.

Our goal here is simple: to inspire and empower fellow project managers to excel in their careers, become respected leaders and ultimately take more pride (and pleasure) in their work!

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Learning & Development

Central to our ethos is the provision of a number of learning and development options, equally suited to individuals or tailored for corporate clients.

From a one-hour Insights webinar through the Bitesize series of topics and themes, to the gold-plated, five-month Mastery Programme, we take you on a journey of personal development – challenging and encouraging you to grow, think and act differently. We’ll give you a safe space to experiment and stretch beyond your existing comfort zone, confident in the knowledge that we’ve always got your back.

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Support Resources

We know just how busy and time-consuming project delivery can be, and we’ve curated a toolkit of essential resources – so you don’t have to. Drawing on our collective experience across multiple industries, our extensive library of supporting resources – a wealth of tools, techniques and materials are engaging, effective and practical for use in the real world.

Our commitment to lifelong personal development means that we’re always open to improvement and willing to learn. This is reflected in ExtraordinaryPM: both the programme and resources remain under constant review, so we can incorporate new ideas and continue to become more diverse, accessible and inclusive.

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Membership

Exciting news! We are going to be launching an online membership space dedicated to our ExtraordinaryPM Tribe in Spring 2021. This space can be accessed via an internet browser or a phone app.

We will be providing our Tribe with access to more resources, articles, and hints and tips and where the course material and videos will be available for those taking our BiteSize and Mastery Programmes. It will also provide a place where people in our ExtraordinaryPM Tribe can connect, communicate and support one another.

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The 5T's Framework

The 5T's Framework is made up of five key interlinking areas: Target, Terrain, Tribe, Time Mastery and Taking Care of Yourself (TCOY).

Each ‘T’ acts as a stand-alone ExtraordinaryPM module, but the true power of the framework lies in your ability to apply the tools to meet the needs of your situation; to see a project from all angles, to be curious, and to combine techniques in the best way to achieve your end goal. | View all >>Hide all >>

We explore the mobilising power of the Target (‘Big Why’) for your project. With a clear Target in sight you can align and lead your Tribe more effectively. Your Target is your ‘North Star’ for decision-making and prioritisation and will guide you across the Terrain of your project.

The Terrain is the landscape and business context of your project’s journey. We train our Extraordinary PMs to plan each project like a runner plans a marathon. We help you to consider where the tough, sticky or uphill stretches could be, what risks you might face, where you’re most likely to need refreshment or rejuvenation and how to deal with both expected and unexpected events that will crop up along the way.

Your Tribe is much wider than your team. It is those people you need to build connections with around a shared goal, the Target, in order to get the best from the people around you – whether they’re taking action, controlling risks or delivering a physical product. We show you how to lead and influence, inspiring your colleagues, peers and stakeholders to step up and become more effective and engaged. Because building better collaboration is the best way to create real change and measurable impact.

Time management is critical in project delivery. ExtraordinaryPMs focus on Mastering their Time not managing it so they get the very best from the precious and limited time available to them and their Tribe. We teach you how to be more productive and balance and prioritise your efforts in order to hit your Target within the time available to you and your Tribe. everyone’s working at the right pace.

Taking Care Of Yourself (TCOY) is critical. It’s about making sure you’re at your very best, so you can lead your Tribe and succeed in delivering outstanding work without getting completely burned out. TCOY takes many forms; it might mean standing firm in your values, moderating your stress and stretch levels and managing stakeholders, or it could be about creating a healthy life-work balance and taking care of your personal goals, aspirations and self-fulfilment – at all times, but especially when the going gets tough.

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Target

We explore the mobilising power of the Target (‘Big Why’) for your project. With a clear Target in sight you can align and lead your Tribe more effectively. Your Target is your ‘North Star’ for decision-making and prioritisation and will guide you across the Terrain of your project.

Terrain

The Terrain is the landscape and business context of your project’s journey. We train our ExtraordinaryPMs to plan each project like a runner plans a marathon. We help you to consider where the tough, sticky or uphill stretches could be, what risks you might face, where you’re most likely to need refreshment or rejuvenation and how to deal with both expected and unexpected events that will crop up along the way.

Tribe

Your Tribe is much wider than your team. It is those people you need to build connections with around a shared goal, the Target, in order to get the best from the people around you – whether they’re taking action, controlling risks or delivering a physical product. We show you how to lead and influence, inspiring your colleagues, peers and stakeholders to step up and become more effective and engaged. Because building better collaboration is the best way to create real change and measurable impact.

Time Mastery

Time management is critical in project delivery. ExtraordinaryPMs focus on Mastering their Time not managing it so they get the very best from the precious and limited time available to them and their Tribe. We teach you how to be more productive and balance and prioritise your efforts in order to hit your Target within the time available to you and your Tribe. everyone’s working at the right pace.

Taking Care Of Yourself

Taking Care Of Yourself (TCOY) is critical. It’s about making sure you’re at your very best, so you can lead your Tribe and succeed in delivering outstanding work without getting completely burned out. TCOY takes many forms; it might mean standing firm in your values, moderating your stress and stretch levels and managing stakeholders, or it could be about creating a healthy life-work balance and taking care of your personal goals, aspirations and self-fulfilment – at all times, but especially when the going gets tough.

What makes our approach so successful?


ExtraordinaryPM is based on extensive, real-life project management expertise

Allows you to discuss issues you are currently facing and to learn from others’ experience

Rich with tools and insights that are relevant to project managers and non-project managers alike

Sessions are delivered using a deliberate variety of teaching and mentoring techniques

Allows Project Managers to learn and grow at their own pace, in their own way

Access to resources that are not found in the traditional PM library

The Mastery Programme is CPD accredited (35 points)

Sessions can be run out of normal office hours and on platforms such as Zoom

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Don't just take our word for it!

“The team at ExtraordinaryPM don’t give you the answer, they give you the tools to think differently.”

Alison Whitehead, FAPM