About Seven

Seven's History

Seven Consulting has become one of Australia's most respected Project Management Consulting firms. We work on our clients' most critical IT and business transformation Programs, ranging from $1M to over $1.4Bn in value.

Seven Consulting was founded by Declan Boylan in 2002 to create a company where professional services would be delivered to programs in a manner that meet his standards.

This meant only providing the services to clients they required and ensuring that our consultants were not only the best in their field, but were suitable for the specific role. It is part of our ethos that we team closely with the clients in a transparent manner and drive their program to meet their business and financial needs.

Our clients trust us. Our first clients are still trusting us with their most important projects and programs.

Over 95% success compared to an industry standard of 39% [Chaos Manifesto 2013 - Standish Group]. Every client since inception is a reference site for Seven Consulting. We believe this to be a unique success story and are happy to share our complete list of references.

Continuing demand for our services has led to Seven Consulting being listed by Australia's BRW (Business Review Weekly) magazine as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Australia in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

We also wished to create an environment where top delivery professionals were provided with challenging work and were supported and rewarded in line with their achievements. To support this, we have a unique recruiting process that assists us in identifying the real achievers as opposed to the well-presented but less substantial resources.

All of our consultants are permanent resources.

Creating a direct alignment between client satisfaction and consultant appraisals has helped us drive the right outcome for our clients.

Declan's and Seven Consulting's passion remains being a game changer for our clients and making their most complex and important projects and programs a success.

Our Principles and Our Approach

Our Principles

We follow a set of principles that are firmly engrained with the culture of Seven Consulting and these are:

  • We hire resources because we believe in them, not because we have a specific role in mind. If we do not have a resource suitable for a specific role, we will inform the client of this rather than put forward a resource with a less than excellent fit for the role. We only hire and retain the top 10% of delivery professionals.
  • We are an organisation that focuses solely on delivering the program needs of our clients. We have particular skill and experience in leading large projects and programs.
  • Every client is a reference site and therefore we are committed to ensuring that we continue to deliver each program successfully, which means on time, to scope, to quality and within budget.
  • We are an independent company that has no formal or informal relationships or partnerships. This ensures that we can provide our clients with truly independent advice and also avoid any perception of bias.

We ensure consultant commitment through internal incentive schemes which are aligned with our clients expectations.

We believe in the health of our consultants work/life balance. We ensure that resources are not overworked over long periods and we do not post resources outside of their City for postings longer than a week or two unless mutually agreed.

Our Approach

  • We focus exclusively on the delivery of key programs for our blue chip clients. We work with the executives and delivery teams of these organisations to achieve their desired results.
  • We are generally assigned responsibility for program delivery and/or program office management, but we are also available to perform external program reviews where management may require additional assurance as to a current program’s structure, status or risk profile.
  • We focus on the underlying fundamentals of the program, the business objectives, how they can be delivered and the interrelationship and relative priorities between timing, scope, quality and cost.
  • We then define the path to success and over-communicate it. After commencement of the program, we undertake regular reviews of our destination and progress and subsequently fine-tune direction and speed until delivered.
  • Seven Consulting recognises that whilst each client’s programs are different, a number of common disciplines can be applied. These disciplines include:
    • The alignment of all key stakeholders (management, vendors and program staff) into one team that has a common vision and path to success i.e. Teamwork.

    • Contextual and metric based reporting to communicate within the program team or to external stakeholders. This is to ensure that all parties have a very clear understanding of the programs current status and risk profile in the context of the overall business objectives resulting in  Transparency.

    • Common sense and easy to use project and program tools which bring clarity to a program’s critical path thereby ensuring Transparency.

    • These principles along with strong change control and a clear business focus feed  Delivery, meeting the client expectations around scope, quality, timeframe and cost.