Leith Consulting Services (LCS) was formed by the Principals with the objective of providing clients with independent specialist business, information technology and change management consultancy delivered and managed by the LCS Principal Consultants and supported by an LCS network of collaborative partnerships with other experienced and specialised consultancies.
LCS intentionally targets the niche position between the major ICT consultancies and sole independent contractors and only provides highly experienced consultants and specialists with many years of experience in the subject matter.
The focus of LCS Consultants is to provide clients with pragmatic “real world” advice, recommendations and tangible deliverables in a straight forward, easy to understand and professional manner that enables the client to achieve positive and measurable business outcomes.
LCS does not take up “preferred” relationships with any hardware or software technology vendors and as such the client can be assured of truly independent advice from LCS Consultants, consulting affiliates and sub-contractors. Further, the very size and operating model of LCS, our affiliates and sub-contractors makes it impossible for LCS to have vested interests and as such the client can be assured that the advice provided by LCS is truly objective and free from bias.
The focus of LCS Consultants is to provide clients with pragmatic “real world” advice
Both LCS principals have over 25 years management and consulting experience having worked for many blue chip organizations on large and technically challenging commercial and Government projects in diverse industry sectors such as infrastructure, telecommunications, distribution and retail in Europe, The Caribbean and Australia.
The LCS business model leverages on the breadth and depth of the Principal Consultants experience, whilst augmenting the core LCS team with affiliate and sub-contracted resources to increase the value add proposition in areas such as accountancy, human resources, and training.
LCS, its affiliates and sub-contractors currently provide clients access to a resource pool of 30+ experienced ICT and General Management Consultants and practitioners, with the primary target being engagements that tend to be shorter and/or part-time in nature in support of the client in filling a resource gap, niche skill, project review or deliverable.
The Principal Consultants
Glyn Lewis: Over twenty five years IT&T experience within software houses and consultancies servicing large multi-nationals across a variety of industry sectors. Comprehensive Project/Technical Management and information/data architecture and management experience spanning the full software development lifecycle of multi-million $ programs and smaller projects utilising both traditional waterfall and rapid/joint application development methodologies.
Glyn has a proven track record of managing and architecting complex, high-risk technology projects and defining the systems and data architecture maps that align the technology to business strategy and objectives.
Jan Lewis: Over twenty five years senior and executive management experience within large multi-nationals across varied high-growth industries (Telco, Toll Roads, Banking and International Air Express). Comprehensive experience in the creation, development and management of customer oriented service businesses and the establishment of effective measurements/KPI’s, processes and tools. Jan has a proven track record of managing complex, change and technology projects and the associated process re-engineering.
• Project, Program and Portfolio Management
• Project and Program Assurance
• Business Planning and Strategic Risk Management
• Workshop Facilitation
• ICT Strategy
• Business Continuity Planning
• Change Management
• Business Process Efficiency and Optimisation
• Enterprise and Business Architecture
• Information Architecture
• Solution Architecture
• Business Analysis
• Test Management
• Relational database design
• Relational Database Reporting and Query Design
LCS affiliates and sub-contractors provide additional coverage for the above services and also provide access to other specialist subjects such as accounting, channel strategy, organizational development and performance coaching.
LCS deliverables undertake multiple peer reviews prior to being released to the client to ensure alignment between the deliverable and the client expectations in terms of scope, focus and quality.
LCS has developed an in-house project development and execution process to augment the standard approach to risk management of methods such as Prince and PMBOK.
The LCS risk process embeds risk identification, re-evaluation and management as a continual, fundamental part of project execution rather than a separate isolated topic.
The main characteristics of the LCS risk management technique are:-
• promotes the construction and execution of a practical schedule and plan.
• avoids development of the “task list” schedule.
• focusses the Project Manager, and other team members, on risk management and the relationship to activity deliverables, dependencies and timing.
• has been designed to be:
-flexible: tailor to any project type, or project role or responsibility
- repeatable: review and execute at defined periods or on an adhoc basis
- accessible: review and execute by the Project Manager, or another project member or client representative
- timely: following the initial risk identification meeting subsequent review and execution can be completed in well under 30 minutes for a moderate to high complexity project.
LCS has a significant library of project templates and tools a small number of examples are provided below.
• Project Summary On A Page
• Strawman Project Schedule
• Risk Tracking
• Definition & Approach
• Dependency List