Michèle can provide the most appropriate solution for your technology needs, and the best mechanism to proceed is to get in touch to discuss your requirements. Michèle has the expertise to know how to make the most of the resources you have in-house, as well as external sources of expertise, to ensure you reach the goal you are aiming for. For a generic explanation of each service, please see FAQs.
Ensuring the efficient operation of projects/events relating to technology. I have organised and run workshops, brainstorms, technology roadmaps, FMEAs (failure modes and effects analyses), organisational benchmarking, value stream analysis, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analyses and design reviews.
I have experience in providing project management for single client work, government funded multi-year projects through to international collaborative programmes up to £5M. My skills lie in detailed planning and communication with all parties involved, ensuring that deadlines are met, people are kept fully informed and work is carried out by suitable personnel in an efficient manner to reach an effective result.
I search for information on particular subject areas, collate and present this back to clients in a usable format which is meaningful and adds value for them. Working as an independent consultant, I can present factual information in an unbiased manner.
Industry/technology trends analysis:
Focussing on a particular technology or industry I am able to use published information on recent history and forecasted activities, to analyse forthcoming trends and advise on where companies and organisations should be focusing their future efforts. This can be combined with market research activities to get a bespoke and realistic perspective of current opinion and activities.
I have experience in design and analysis of market research questionnaires as well as carrying out face-to-face, telephone and web-based interviews and surveys. Appropriate to the client’s needs I can assist with any of these areas or run the entire project from scratch.
I can facilitate in-house brainstorm sessions as an independent consultant with no hidden agendas to ensure an effective outcome as I have many years of experience in this field. Alternatively, I can work with the organisation to understand what technical areas they would like to include within the brainstorm, find suitable expertise to support the brainstorm session, and facilitate the event with both in-house and external experts, providing a summary report on the details of the event and conclusions reached. Many clients then go on to carry out follow-on projects directly with one or two of the external consultants identified, in the topics selected as most promising. This mix of internal and external personnel is a very effective way of bringing in new knowledge and perspectives, with buy-in from all those involved.
I have several years experience in running technology roadmapping programmes. While technology roadmaps can be facilitated as an ‘event’ for groups of people who do not normally work together, they are useful to run as programmes within organisations where the roadmap is not seen as a final document, but a continually re-evaluated documented output of ongoing activity, showing a path for the organisation to move along. Facilitation of a roadmap event can be particularly useful for large-scale programmes, such as mapping healthcare in the UK, or the future of materials activities. Again, suitable personnel can be identified and involved in any one-off event to ensure the appropriate expertise is present.
When a new product is being developed, it can be very useful to have a review by external experts in those technical areas which are new for a company, particularly critical to quality for a product or where a company wishes to understand how the state-of-the-art status of a technology may apply to their product. I have several years experience sourcing suitable consultants and facilitating such reviews across Europe.
Companies often have business strategies, however many are seeing the increasing need for a specific technology strategy. This may be product, application or production specific, according to their place within the technology value chain. I work with companies to identify their current status, where they would like to be, benchmark alternative organisations and provide a strategy planning document.