Hello, welcome to Learn Projects.

Our passion at Learn Projects is to help social housing providers deliver improved services. We do this by making it easier for them to deliver projects. This, in turn, enables them to provide great services and support to so many people right across our community.

Rather than this be a typical about us page it will instead be about you and your projects.

If you answer yes to any of these questions below then we can help you.

  • Do you have a project that is stuck?
  • Do you wish you could do projects better?
  • Do your projects never seem to end?
  • Do you have lots of change to do but don’t know what to do first?
  • Do you find you never seem to have enough resources to get your project done?
  • Do you have lots of business transformation to do?

“If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you are in the right place.”

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Why Social Housing Projects Are Important

Millions of families across the country benefit from social housing. Unfortunately there are thousands more families on a list waiting for social housing to become available.

The reality is more social housing needs to be built along with maintaining existing houses. This combined with other vital services that they offer puts a tremendous strain on social housing providers.

It is therefore critical for social housing providers to be as efficient as possible so they can continue to deliver vital services and more homes.

The way social housing can be efficient is to continually change and improve services. They can do this is by ensuring projects get completed on time and within budget.

However it is not quite as easy as that. When an organisation wants to do projects better they simply hire professional project managers and follow a complex project process.

What happens when social housing providers take this approach? Projects end up getting stuck very quickly. This is due to a wide variety of reasons. One of these is not hiring any project professionals and just sending people on a Prince2 course. Another is copying the project processes of other organisations.

The result is projects don’t get done so Prince2 is dropped and Agile takes its place. However projects still do not get done.

So why is this?

The reason this keeps happening is due to the complex environment that social housing providers operate in. Most organisations have customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and possibly a regulator.

For social housing is so much more complex with multiple regulators, government, councils and numerous other bodies who can at a moments notice make changes. This can be anything from removing funding through to changes in policy. Who can remember the recent rent reduction that the government introduced.

The reality is social housing operates in a very complex environment and adding a complex project process will just slow down and in some cases stop projects getting done.

With a limited ability to adapt quickly to change the result is more complexity gets built in. One thing that is always great to see is how helpful people who work in social housing are. They will always find a way and will go out of their way to help anyone. This is great but this can do approach can result in more complex ways of working as manual work arounds are put in place.

So what is the solution?

Well there is no magic pill that will make any organisation better at delivering projects overnight. It takes time and commitment to deliver projects in any organisation but there are things you can do to make it easier.

The first thing to do is not implement a complex project process that uses lots of jargon. Keep it simple and have an easy to use project process.

I have created an easy to use template for starting a project which I have found works great for social housing providers. You can get a free copy of this template and all the other templates that I use by clicking the link below. I will also include the Social Housing Project Framework which will show you the easiest way to get projects done. All the templates are free to use and can be completely customised such as adding your logo. I hope they help you to get projects done.

  • Keep it simple – Have a project process that is easy to follow
  • Remove jargon – Use words that everyone will understand
  • Templates – Have easy to fill in templates that are quick to fill in
  • Less is more – Do not have long templates or hundreds of them
  • One Bite at a time – How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Try not to change everything at the same time
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