Successful business transformation programmes and IT projects consider people, systems, and data equally important. Yet, many projects primarily focus on providing working IT solutions whilst underestimating the significance and bearing of organisational readiness and data quality.

Experience shows that the root cause for project failure almost always stems from shortcomings in the early project phases. Unfortunately, this is often only becoming visible later. Shortcomings in later phases can, however, usually be compensated with time and money.

Do it right from the beginning and invest in good planning and preparation. Later escalations are always much more expensive and painful.

If you want to run your projects better contact us. Aurelia Consulting is passionately rigorous about best project-management practises.

Advisory Services

Vendor Selection

Check for proven expertise and ability to deliver
Confirm commitment for success
Verify risk exposure
Look at total project cost vs. daily rate


Confirm success criteria and their measurement rather than preparing for failure
Aim for a win-win situation between parties
Agree on the end result rather than the way to get there
Establish a well-defined acceptance procedure including defect resolution

Project Preparation and Planning

Define an appropriate governance and engagement mode
Use a work-break-down structure to de-compose the ultimate goal into manageable deliverables for planning
For make, use realistic effort estimation and staff availability incl. (explicit) contingency

Confirm metrics for performance measurement
Always have a plan B

Quality Assurance

End-to-end Q-Gate planning and scheduling
Q-Gate process definition designed to address specific needs of stakeholders and client context
Use of proven templates to accelerate implementation time at reduced costs
Training and coaching of project staff
Assistance in Q-Gate cycles with a view on pre-defined quality criteria supported by a definition of done

Continuous Learning

Establish formal project closing procedures as the most effective and cost-efficient means to learn from own experiences
Use anonymous questionnaires to understand what went well and what can be done better
Publicise the results internally
Commit to continuous learning of the entire organisation

Dispute Resolution

Root cause analysis and proposal for a way out
Prioritise the business case over the contract
With all respect, don’t just leave it to litigation lawyers – they won’t deliver your business case or solution
A well-managed escalation can eventually turn into a sustainable and successful partnership – so don’t burn all bridges
Subject matter expert support adding relevant business content to litigation cases

Project Services

Bid Management

Planning of bid phase with deliverables from opportunity qualification through to proposal submission.
Deal engineering to develop a compelling value proposition.
Evaluation of delivery model options.
Active engagement in bid management capability.


Set-up of an effective and efficient governance structure
Leverage best practices for cadence and standard agenda proposals for each and every governance body
Monitor and adjust over time to cater for different needs along the way
Active participation as representative or independent expert in established governance structure

Performance Review and Monitoring

Definition of performance metrics (e.g. Earned Value) and quality gate criteria.
Definition and implementation of measurement procedures
Setup and running of continuous performance review cycles
Identification of corrective measures in case of deviations

Risk Management

Unbiased 360° risk assessment (risk identification, probability judgement, impact assessment).
Professional identification of risk mitigation plans
Execution support for selected risk mitigation activities
Continuous monitoring and management reporting

Project Delivery

Programme management for business transformation engagements
Project/programme manager coaching

Crisis Management

Unbiased root cause analysis involving all relevant parties
Identification of a way-out plan
Active engagement in escalation management capacity