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We love developing new ideas and having interesting conversations, but we like to find practical ways of helping people as well.  And we still need to pay the bills.  So we spend a lot of our time doing paid consultancy work. 
our mission
we work with people changing technology in changing organizations

we provide a range of services, including assessment and trouble-shooting, planning, training and skills transfer, and change management

we provide expertise in a number of key areas of business and technology change

we work individually or in teams - we have affiliations and joint ventures with a number of other service providers

recent assignments have included ...

Helping a major bank to plan and execute a merger, involving data migration and system integration.
Supporting strategic planning for a charity.
An IT strategy for a general insurance company.
A managed procurement exercise for a telecoms company.
A risk management exercise for a major retailer.
Training in component-based development, UML, Catalysis and process improvement for various clients.

typical services

providing an independent review or audit
  • business strategy
  • requirements / plan
  • risk / contingency
  • system solution / architecture
  • software process

providing advice and support to managers and other consultants

providing a reflective space for interpretion and learning

process improvement
business process redesign

software process regeneration

measurement and transformation

training and coaching



facilitation (including workshops)



software tools and methods




providing a basis for planning, analysis, design and implementation
  • business relationships
  • market analysis
  • rules
  • knowledge mapping
  • process/workflow
  • data/information/object

developing and negotiating plans

facilitating inhouse planning / decision processes

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company profile

who we are

Veryard Projects was founded by Richard Veryard in 1997. It is a small company, based in London UK, but with friends and associates in many countries. In particular, we are affiliated with most of the companies within the SCIPIO Consortium.

Our associates include business advisers, architects, psychologists, marketing specialists, therapists, academics, and of course a wide range of technologists.

Our mission is to improve the impact of technology on people. We like to promote the development of people and teams, and to facilitate the circulation of practical knowledge.

richard veryard

Richard Veryard
our practice leader

our standards

Rare combination of business management knowledge and technology knowledge. Up-to-date access to relevant research.

Rare combination of creative and practical thinking. Clear thinking and succinct expression.

New perspective. Sensitivity to what is missing from a given proposition.

Respect for client's capabilities.

Professional systematic, analytic approach. High ethical standards.

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what are the problems we encounter in our clients?
what are the problems you encounter?

Are you worried by business demands, budget squeeze, quality shortfalls, requirements volatility, legacy system impenetrability, millennial risk, technology flux, ...?
Are you confused by the conflicting demands and jargons of various processes and methods? Are you overloaded by new technological opportunities and silver bullets, with multiple intersecting learning curves?
Are you puzzled by the slow acceptance and assimilation of new processes and technologies within your organization and/or your customers? Are you dismayed by pilot projects that apparently achieve their goals and yet lead nowhere?
Are you frustrated by the inability and/or unwillingness of people in organizations to use the correct processes and technologies correctly? Are you trapped by your organization's past successes and failures? Are you fed up with a repeated cycle of expectation and disappointment?
Perhaps you know what you want to do, but you don't know where to start, or when would be the best time to start.

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how we deliver - a typical scenario

Consultancy: Initial Consultation - Assessment - Proposal - Further Work Initial Consultation Conversation to identify problem or opportunity. 

Assessment We visit your offices to review the situation with you and your colleagues. Alternatively, we review your plans and other documentation, as agreed. We then write a report, giving our perspective on the situation, and our recommendations for resolving the issues and moving forward.

Proposal We write a short description of your problem or opportunity, and outline how we could help you. Sometimes we do this immediately after the initial consultation, but we usually prefer to carry out a brief assessment first.

Further Work There are many different forms this can take. We may take an ongoing role in your project or programme, perhaps in a leading, facilitating, reviewing or mentoring capacity. You may want us to perform specific tasks, or to prepare materials. We may conduct training, or even tailor our training materials to your requirements.

Sometimes this work involves short bursts of intense activity. Sometimes it involves a low level of ongoing support - perhaps as little as one or two visits per month, plus some email and telephone contact. This is negotiated according to your requirements.

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terms and rates

The initial consultation is normally free of charge. Within reason, we are happy to spend time discussing things with you, without obligation. These conversations may take place by phone or email.  If you are based in or around London, or passing through, please email us to arrange a meeting.

Or phone 0208 810 4431.

For a preliminary assessment, we charge a standard introductory fee. This covers preliminary phone calls and/or emails with one contact person to arrange meetings, preliminary review of any documentation you provide in advance, two days spent at your office, further review of documentation provided, plus writing up a detailed assessment report and recommendations. Simpler or more complex assessments are also available, subject to negotiation.
Short proposals are normally free of charge. If you need something more elaborate or detailed, this is subject to negotiation.
We charge for further work in three ways. 
  • Sometimes we agree a monthly fee to take on particular roles and responsibilities for a period of time. (This is usually a low-level part-time involvement - you might expect to see us once or twice a month, plus a lot of email and telephone support. Alternatively, we may provide a full-time or near-full-time interim manager for a specific task.)
  • Sometimes we agree a fixed fee to carry out a particular piece of work with defined outcomes, such as to draft a document or facilitate a workshop.
  • Sometimes we agree a daily fee rate.
  • Whenever possible, we agree charges for specified outcomes, rather than according to the amount of time spent.


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