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Prue Beams

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In 2014 Prue joined Tribal’s recently formalised Transformation and Change team. Prue comes to Tribal with a proven background in delivering business transformation and change management for public and private sector clients’ across NZ, Australia and the UK. She is a pragmatic and results-driven consultant/change manager, specialising in designing and implementing strategic transformations such as system implementations, operating model/ organisation design, process improvement and cost reduction projects. Prue has had exposure to a wide range of change management and consultancy methodologies and works closely with clients to tailor an approach most suited to their needs.

Recent Posts

Overcoming the common reasons why IT change programmes fail

Posted by Prue Beams on April 25, 2019

Large-scale IT change programmes are notoriously complex to implement, and all too often fall short of project goals. To deliver the agreed scope on time and within budget takes experienced project management expertise, and ensuring the business is willing to change to reach the strategic outcomes of the project takes active project sponsorship. But these aren’t the only challenges. 

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Topics: Higher Education

Strategic Drift: Why an optimisation review is inevitable

Posted by Prue Beams on April 17, 2019

Let’s be honest, few projects ever manage to deliver all the expected benefits or meet every stakeholders’ expectations. Implementing a new SMS is no small task, and inevitably scope changes, contingencies get spent, and there becomes a bucket of work that falls to the BAU team to be delivered under the ‘Continuous Improvement’ banner. And as time moves on there are new releases, new product modules, changing market drivers and expectations for student experience, new technology platforms and integrations that need to be kept on top of.

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Topics: Higher Education

Gaining buy-in to develop an effective Operational Support Model

Posted by Prue Beams on April 8, 2019

In our last blog we discussed how validating Business and Release Readiness can make or break project success. Which is why the team here at Tribal has worked with customers to develop a best practice readiness validation tool. Used effectively, this tool is proven to:

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Topics: Higher Education

Business and Release Readiness: when is the right time to start planning what needs to be assessed?

Posted by Prue Beams on April 1, 2019

The competing demands and stress leading up to go-live can leave any good project manager wondering ‘what have we forgotten?’  It is not unusual for a go-live decision to be based on compromises and an acceptance of a certain amount of risk.  But what can be done leading up to this point to assess how ready an organisation is for the change and to address any business or technical readiness gaps?

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Topics: Higher Education

Essential elements for governing IT change programmes

Posted by Prue Beams on March 21, 2019

In our last blog we talked about key considerations for constructing successful project teams.  But no matter how well you have recruited to those key roles, if you don’t have an effective governance structure in place to support the team, then the project will undoubtably run at a significant risk.  So in this instalment, we’re looking at the essential elements required to effectively govern IT change programmes – starting with the first, and most critical: an influential and committed Project Sponsor…

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Topics: Higher Education

Key considerations for constructing successful project teams

Posted by Prue Beams on March 14, 2019

All programs and projects require the right skills, roles and functions to create high-performing teams capable of delivering the strategic vision, business outcomes and project objectives (time, cost, scope and stakeholder expectations). Many projects choose to overlook some roles and place more emphasis on others.  This results in one of the most common problems facing Higher Education Institutions and more broadly global IT change programmes and that is…. underestimation.

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Topics: Higher Education

Beyond software: bringing more to our customer implementations

Posted by Prue Beams on February 21, 2019

Partnering with institutions to deliver successful IT change programmes means more to Tribal than supplying the software. Tribal provides the right solutions and thought leadership to ensure your programme is successful and is the only partner that has a full delivery methodology toolkit covering:

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Topics: Higher Education

Ensuring success: Insights into rapid software implementations

Posted by Prue Beams on February 18, 2019

Thankfully, gone are the days of five-year Student Information System (SIS) implementations.  The drive for competitive advantage, and the need for faster benefit realisation, means there is a growing trend of customers demanding a more rapid and agile approach to both software development and project delivery.

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Topics: Higher Education

Finding the right person to lead the change - managing software implementation.

Posted by Prue Beams on March 20, 2018

It is widely recognised that no matter how effectively a software implementation is managed, its initial uptake and long-term success lies firmly in the hands of the project’s change team. There are many things to consider when assembling this team, such as what type of person should lead this effort and what support do they need? Should they come from within the organisation or from a third-party provider?

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Schools & Early Years