Project Description

Rob Thomsett

Rob Thomsett

Thought Leader

Areas Of Expertise

  • Agile Project Governance
  • Agile Project Management
  • Benefit Management
  • Team Building
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Publications

  • People & Project Management (Prentice-Hall, NY, 1981)
  • Third Wave Project Management (Prentice Hall, NY 1993)
  • Radical Project Management (Prentice-Hall, NY, 2002)
  • The Agile Project Manager’s Toolkit (Apple iBook, 2013)
  • The Agile Sponsor (Seven Consulting, 2015)
  • The Real Benefits Management Workbook (Seven Consulting, 2016)

Key Clients

  • ATO
  • Bank of America
  • Southern Company
  • AT&T
  • Wells-Fargo Bank
  • OOCL
  • EON
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • MLC
  • ASB Bank
  • NAB
  • Future Fund
  • Westpac
  • Telstra
  • ANZ

About Rob Thomsett

Rob’s passion is to enable people within organizations to work in a more agile fashion to assist their organization in achieving strategic goals faster and more effectively.

Rob has 45+ years of experience in project and change management. He specializes in innovative people-centric and agile models of project management and executive sponsorship. He is acknowledged as a thought leader in and a highly-effective executive coach.

His pragmatic and transparent approach to project governance, benefits realization and agile sponsorship and project management has been adopted by NAB across all bank project portfolios. Elements of this approach have been adopted by CBA, Future Fund and other leading international organizations.


What Rob brings

  • Exceptional communication, teaching and relationship-building skills both at the executive and practitioner-level.
  • A focus on partnering with to facilitate transfer of his models and tools to clients in order to create a sustainable client-driven outcome.
  • An inspirational leader, with the ability to align diverse stakeholders and guide organizations and teams to Agility.
  • Proven record of innovation, creativity and thought leadership in the areas of agile project governance, project management and benefits planning and realization.

Key Achievements

Rob is working as part of a Seven Consulting team in a comprehensive capability uplift for IT delivery in Woolworths. As part of this uplift, Rob is working with Woolworths key stakeholders including sponsors to accelerate the processes for project initiation and planning.


Rob has been engaged in complex capability, process and methodology reviews for Qantas, nbn, CBUS and Revenue NSW. These reviews were designed to improve the speed and agiliy of project governance and delivery for those clients.


With Telstra BTS, Rob has applied Lean / Agile models to how BTS plans and delivers projects to major Telstra clients. Working with key Telstra experts, Rob developed a simpler and risk-based approach to project management which has dramatically reduced process overheads and improved speed and value of delivery.


He was engaged by BNZ and then NAB to enhance agility of project delivery and effectiveness of project sponsors and governance. This long-term consult with the NAB Group saw Rob provide oversight and guidance as it implemented his Agile approach to executive sponsorship, project management and governance across a $1bn p.a. project portfolio.


Rob has been engaged in Agile Capability Assessments for a number of organisations including nbnCo and QANTAS.


He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society in recognition of his education and advocacy for emphasizing the central point that project management was really the management of creative people working to improve business value.


Rob designed, developed and assisted in implementing an integrated and practical Benefits Management and Realisation framework for NAB that measured and tracked real benefits from projects and significantly impacted NAB’s portfolio planning process.


He has conducted hundreds of public workshops across many countries on Agile Project Management. He was an integral part of the innovative ANZ Project Management Mastery Program conducting intensive Project Management Masterclasses that embedded many Agile concepts.


He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society in recognition of his education and advocacy for emphasizing the central point that project management was really the management of creative people working to improve business value.


Rob was a member of the Advisory Panel that designed and governed with Michael Scott (CEO, MLC), Michael Watson (CEO, Transfield) and Sandy Hollway. A.O. (Program Director, Sydney Olympics) the implementation of the PMI award winning Master of Project Management for Sydney University.


Over 35 years, Rob has consulted and implemented a relationship and values-driven model of project management and sponsorship in many international organizations including Bank of America, Southern Company, AT&T, Wells-Fargo Bank, OOCL and eon (the second largest power company in the EU). His Australian clients have included Macquarie Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and many other leading Australian organizations.


He was the Consulting Director on the first Tax Modernisation Program in the late 1980’s, working directly to the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the ATO. This $1billion program successfully delivered innovative services such as Electronic Lodgment and Self-Assessment. More importantly, the first modernization program was managed and delivered with ATO people with minimum external consultancies.


Development, training and support of the initial Project Management framework for the Australian Federal Government during the 1970s. This involved directly training over 800 project managers and many sponsors over all federal departments.


Rob has been a Keynote Speaker at many conferences including Agile Conferences in Australia, UK, US and continental Europe. His combination of powerful insights with an exciting presentation style has won him Speaker of the Conference on many occasions.


Other Team Members