John Woodward Joins Mcbi As A Strategic Advisor

“‘Less talk, more action, please’”
$75m and growing South Australia’s reputation for ‘Getting on with it’.

Sept 2016: ADELAIDE, South Australia: MCBI SA & NT Pty: Ltd is thrilled to announce that Mr John Woodward has accepted a strategic advisory role to further develop-MCBI’s rapidly growing Governance and Solution Delivery capability located in Adelaide, South Australia.

John will bring to the growing practice a proven leadership in delivering outcomes for clients and ensuring the dramas of poor delivery and project overruns are avoided. His skilled, ‘no nonsense’ approach to creating delivery excellence ensures the focus remains on delivering organisational value rather than being distracted by documentation and hyperbole.

The average cost overrun of all projects in Australia is 27% with 39% of projects failing due to a lack of planning, incorrect resources and activities.

“MCBI is a highly regarded professional services company, known for delivering an extremely high standard of pragmatic management consulting and solution delivery. With over $75million of projects reviewed to date and millions of dollars saved for clients, I am delighted to be involved and offer industry advice both from an Australian and global perspective.’ said John Woodward.

A study published in the Harvard Business Review, which analyzed 1,471 IT projects, found that all but one in six projects had a cost overrun of 200% on average and a schedule overrun of almost 70%. For Australian businesses we simply do not have the budgets or opportunity to sustain this level of failure.

‘We’ve taken a stand against generic boiler plate reports and watered down project frameworks designed for the masses. We’re getting to the core of each client’s issues and providing the right information to make a real difference. We use global insight and prioritise the uniqueness of the client. ‘

John brings with him a unique insight into the problems facing organisations that are seeking to understand the true value and risks associated with the strategic projects they’re considering. With over 30 years of ICT and business experience across a myriad of industries, John appreciates the complexity facing decision makers who are investing cash, reputation and energy in demanding projects. Most importantly, he knows what needs to be considered from a leadership point of view.

‘‘This is about using governance as a competitive advantage, not viewing risk management as a reason to stop or stall progression. For too long governance has been viewed as a mechanism to stop innovation, where in actual fact, great risk management allows businesses to be agile and bold. In Australia only 2.5% of projects are being completed successfully. For South Australian businesses, project success can be the difference between being viable or not. We must not just grow, but grow well.’

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About John Woodward

John has more than 30 years’ experience in technology related change programs, projects and consulting services across industries including the health, water, energy, and entertainment sectors.

John is a Councillor with West Torrens City Council, a Non-Executive Director with Statewide Super and The Hospital Research Foundation, and Professional Development Director with Adelaide Chapter of the Project Management Institute.  John also lectures in Portfolio, Program and Project Management at the University of Adelaide.

He holds an MBA specialising in technology management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He has Project Management Professional (PMP) and Managing Successful Programs (MSP) industry certifications.

About MCBI SA & NT Pty Ltd

Head-officed in the heart of entrepreneurial Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, MCBI is a progressive and innovative professional services firm established 2005 with a global workforce.

The business started with a vision of creating a truly unique business model that would allow clients to tap into some of the best resources and ‘grey matter’ Australia has to offer, access proven knowledge to deliver exceptional outcomes and for our team, have a place to call their professional home.

With our three distinct pillars of service: Human Capital Services (Organisational Design), Solution Delivery and now the Jungal™ for business resourcing, MCBI is an authentic on demand professional services adjunct for your organisation… Fiercely South Australian, globally connected, MCBI continues to expand and support clients achieve their strategic vision through skilled people, straight forward advice and high ;levels of client service.

Since 2005, we have delivered over 500 000 hours of management consulting, audited over $75m worth of projects across Australia and delivered 1000’s of hours of globally accredited corporate training across Australia. 

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