FourPL Sponsors Red Chair Networking Agile Project Management Evening

FourPL is proud to sponsor Red Chair Networking for an evening of education on Agile Project Management. Experienced Project Manager Norbert Seidel, Bennett & Boston, will Wednesday 18 April 2018 take the participant on a journey through leadership within an Agile organisation.

Each participant will gain knowledge on Agile in areas such as leadership, mindset and how you too move to Agile in your organisation.

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Red Chair Networking, bring together professionals and businesses through a series of face to face Networking Meetings, lunches and Skills Training sessions held in Australia. At our Network Meetings, you can learn, develop and connect to significantly advance your chances of generating new business, landing that next role you’ve been looking for, or securing that big contract.

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Norbert Seidel is a highly experienced and innovative Project Manager. He uses his vast knowledge to recommend the best project practices and principles from the traditional waterfall (PMBOK, Prince2) and agile (Scrum, Kanban) methods to achieve highly successful business outcomes. Norbert Seidel has experienced in CRM, BI and Digital space projects.

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In the Spotlight: James Foran

Passion is contagious. In the workplace, it makes those around you feel excited — and everyone wins. At FourPL we nuture the passion that enables our team to lead, support, and mentor others with that ‘zeal and zest’ for everything supply chain and it’s people, This month we put a spotlight on one of our TM consultants who does just that and talks about the next big thing in SCM.

What industry are you currently working in and what is your role?

Currently deeply imbedded within the Transport Industry. My specific specialty of Transport Management Systems keeps me very busy.

What are the key challenges you clients are facing?

There is a very strong push in the IT industry to move to standardization, and COTS systems, however, this requires very intimate understanding of both IT and Business. Compromises will have to be on IT, or Business. Finding out when to push back on a business requirement vs bending/customizing an IT system is a critical skill.

What are the things you are working on to help your clients overcome these challenges?

Clear communication on both sides is even more important now with the change in focus. Working with the business to gain detailed insights into the business, while always presenting options, and rational. Make recommendations with options – not decisions for the business.

What do you think is the “next big thing” within SCM or, what should we all keep an eye out for?

Cryptography. Creating trustless systems, which may or may-not be built on blockchain technology. Enabling end to end visibility, and very fast settlement of transactions, with no reconciliation required.

What traits and skills do you think are necessary to be able to succeed in the role you do?

Listen, before speaking. Asking the dumb questions to validate understanding, and not being afraid to make mistakes.

What song best describes your work ethic?

Butterflies and Hurricanes, Muse. The band has really south since the first two albums but hey, what can you do.

What would a perfect day look like to you?

Any day that starts with a bike ride, and ends with a beer.

“Meet the team” This month we’d like to introduce team rider Nicky Rolls

How did you first get into riding?
I rode my bike to and from school and upon leaving school, did triathlons. So I’m used to riding a bike but the last 3-4 years have been a very steep learning curve in regards to bicycle racing. Criteriums are particularly challenging for me, as everyone is so close at speed and zooming around corners. It can be scary and the crashes aren’t very pretty. I’ve never had a coach before either, so the training I do now on the bike is far more structured, and has more variety, than what I used to do.
Why do you like road racing in general?
Road racing is an opportunity for me to compete and keep fit. “The old, grey mare, she ain’t what she used to be”. I can’t run anymore, so cycling gives me the opportunity to train hard and not break down (touch wood). Why Splatt Lawyers Racing? I’ve raced either with, or against, all of these girls and it’s exciting to be offered the opportunity to race with them in an NRS team. About how many days a week do you ride your bike? 5 on the bike and 2 gym days (sometimes 6 days on the bike)
If you had to pick a favourite cycling moment, what would it be?
That’s a hard one, trying to think of a “moment”. Cycling has given me many joys and opportunities, mostly through the friendships I’ve made and shared experiences of suffering eg: descending Passo della Stelvio in the snow. I’ve never been so cold in my life. It took immense concentration to negotiate the countless switchbacks and control the bike while I was shivering and shaking. It took me 45 min to stop shivering once we got back down to the village of Bormeo. That day will stick in my mind forever. One of my friends was so cold she could hardly talk once she got to the bottom. We were all elated that we’d made it down without incident.
What is the funkiest bit of kit you own?
I am not cool (and weirdly proud of this). I wear sun sleeves with holes in them. You would not use the word “funky” to describe me. “Endearing and lovable” maybe.
If you had to pick the best hill climb across the globe for cyclists, which one do you think wins first place and why?
I don’t know all of the hill climbs across the globe but, out of the ones I have done, I loved Col d’Aubisque in the Pyrenees. After struggling up Col du Solour, the rest of the climb up to d’Aubisque isn’t too hard and the scenery is spectacular. We “had” to do it twice, as the first time was so misty and rainy that we literally saw diddly squat. It was well worth going up a second time on a beautiful, clear day with breathtaking views. If you could cycle any route in the world tomorrow, where would you go? I’d need to research that. As a safe bet, I’d head back to Europe. I’d like to do Passo dello Stelvio again as I was sick the first time/s I did it (we did it three times in one week, each a different route).