Xceed Group’s ‘Programmes and Change’ makes a fresh start as ‘Proceed’ Practice
Xceed Group, experts in accelerating transformational change, today announced the appointment of Stuart Riley as Practice Director for Proceed, the company’s dedicated project and change management practice. Based on the company’s original Programmes and Change division, Proceed is one of four key practices at Xceed Group, including its Migrations Services, CTO Office and Flexible Infrastructure Managed Service (FIMS). Given the common drivers of technology change, Proceed encompasses the full spectrum of methodologies, and has been successfully applied to core IT separations, critical event management, recovery management and assurance management.
“The project success rates we’re achieving are far from average, so we’ve decide to re-brand our largest Practice and to appoint Stuart as both a hands-on and strategic leader,” says Xceed Group MD Paul McGolpin. “Everyone has a Programmes and Change Practice, but our customers have increasingly come to appreciate that our approach isn’t remotely standard, and neither are our results. It’s a perfect time for the business to launch Proceed.”
The new name has heritage on its side as Xceed’s original ‘Programmes and Change Practice’ developed over years as a unique planning and communication tool called Proceed. During many years of running critical event management at massive scale, the single-view, plan on a page visualisation tool proved invaluable during mission critical events like merging millions of bank accounts seamlessly over one weekend.
“There’s no such thing as a large business change project that doesn’t involve technology – and there’s no technology change project that doesn’t impact the business,” says Riley. “With technology transformation being constant it’s become vital for companies to embrace technology change quickly and efficiently and to deliver real business change based on in-depth business analysis. Renaming the Practice after the toolset at its heart reflects the importance of the tool as well as the positive mind-set and attitude with which we approach change projects, both large and small. Experience, methodologies and tools are all important, but we know that the mind-set of the people delivering the change is the biggest factor in determining success.”
Riley joined Xceed in 2014 after 17 years at Thomson Reuters, where he held senior roles in programme delivery and business management, spanning IT, business operations and finance. His focus on managing multiple programmes of work will be key to managing the Proceed team, who will work both on Proceed-specific projects and in unison with Xceed’s three other practice areas.
The new practice arrives into an uneasy landscape where change and transformation project success rates are through the floor, with one recent study suggesting just 16% are successful. Given the volume and velocity of technology change there’s clearly a lot to be gained by companies with the best change success rates.
“We want to change the perception of change, it’s that simple,” continues McGolpin. “People have viewed it as a necessary evil. But it’s about embracing the opportunities it presents. It’s reflective of the positive change-focused mind-set we’ve used to build the company itself, and I am delighted to have Stuart leading the team.”