Archives for December2014


Alan Barnard – Campaign it!

Campaign it!“My name is Alan Barnard…

…and I’m a campaigner

…and I make change happen

…and I’m a Project Manager.”

Alan is a world class communication strategist with a vast experience in devising and executing successful landmark campaigns. He had a major impact during his ten years working for the Labour Party, firstly through innovative local campaigning and fundraising and then ahead of the 1997 election directing and sequencing campaign activities in the constituencies Labour needed to win to form a government.

Known for his campaigning in the run up to the successful 1997 Labour election, Alan later moved on to become Head of Campaigns and Research at The Football Association, where he developed its real first plans for modernisation including opinion research to the FA, insights from which included paving the way for the FA to appoint England’s first overseas manager – Sven Goran Eriksson. His quantitative poll, ‘The Football Universe Study’, was the FA’s first ever measurement of the ways in which people in England interacted with football.

Alan has recently co-authored the ground-breaking book ‘Campaign It!’, published by Kogan Page that explains the basics of campaigning, the power of cause and shows how campaigning techniques, attitudes, philosophies and principles can be applied to achieving any outcome.

In this talk Alan Barnard talks us through his ideas around the way you can apply lessons learned from political campaigning communication and stakeholder management in complex projects.

Alan Barnard“Change is a really emotional thing for human beings” In his discussion about the human love of the status quo Alan discusses the opposition this creates for Projects and the importance of managing communications with stakeholders to minimise potential problems.

Alan uses political campaigning as the best example of a campaign that aims to change attitudes, emotional responses and beliefs. Political opinions are often fixed and convincing people to believe in a political party or policy can be challenging but similar to the way Project Managers need to gain buy in from stakeholders.

Alan says the way to do this is a ‘Campaign of Communications’ which he defines as “a planned sequence of communications that makes use of all appropriate channels to achieve defined outcomes in a specific time-frame by influencing the decision-makers who will allow success” but he also describes this as “Story telling with a purpose”.

Story-telling is incredibly important to human beings, Alan references cave paintings, the oral tradition and crime novels to show how inherent stories are to the way we live our lives. As an example of a story gone wrong he uses the HS2 story, a high speed rail that cuts 15 minutes off the journey between London and Birmingham that is costing 50 billion pounds. According to Alan this story shows a misunderstanding of what the average consumer will want to hear about this project, 50 billion seems like a lot of money to cut 15 minutes off a journey. Alan claims that increased capacity is in fact the story they needed and by launching into the project without a considered and fully formed communication plan that takes into consideration the audience’s needs.

Alan says some interesting things about belief and how integral it is to a successful project, communications are there to change mindsets.

To look at Alan’s website and to find out more about Campaign it! follow this link.

Project Controls Expo 2014

Project Controls Expo Logo HR

 

 

 

Project Controls Expo 2014 recently took place in the Emirates Stadium, London. The conference took place over one day and had three strands of speakers as well as designated networking time and space.

The PM Channel were invited, as one of the media partners, to attend and host a table as well as film one of the strands of content. The day was very constructive with lots of interesting questions being asked about the place of online training in the Project Management industry, we were sandwiched between APM and Gower Publishing and it was exciting to see so many new faces and industries taking an interest in progressing their Project Management knowledge with us and our neighbours.

Copyright Conference News: Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, the location of Project Controls Expo 2014

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the location of Project Controls Expo 2014

On the whole it was a very exciting day especially in such a special location (although we must confess that the football element of it mostly lost on The PM Channel team).

We filmed some great content which is now available on ThePMChannel.com. The new videos are available under the development package and are from the following authors:

David Bardoli – Progress, Position, Prediction – The Key to Completing Projects on Time

Ben Vaughan – Getting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth from your suppliers

Mark Lee – Benchmarking Project Health: Enhancing Confidence, Assuring Delivery

Glenn Hide – Managing NEC3 contracts and the Associated Programme

Jim G Zack Jr – Constructive Acceleration – A Global Tour

Ken Phillips – Project Delivery, growth and collaboration

 

PMI Synergy 2014 is livestreamed on The PM Channel

PMI Synergy 2014 was livestreamed by The PM Channel, our first ever livestream, the stream was live for 8.5 hours via a link that was available through pre-registration on the PMI website or on the day via our twitter @ThePMChannel.

 

Backstage PMI Synergy 2014

Backstage at PMI Synergy 2014

PMI Synergy 2014 was an exciting and quick paced event, the speakers were engaging and varied and the light relief of the entertainment was well-received.

The PM Channel was there throughout the day using the stream to show fellow exhibitors the ‘action’ as well as promoting the talks we were streaming on Twitter.

PMI Synergy 2014 took place on the 14th of November in Westminster Methodist Central Hall and was attended by over 800 people, this week the videos of the event became available on The PM Channel.

There were talks from Sir Tim Smit, Jane Sparrow, Max McKeown, James T. Brown, Ricardo Triano, Maria Matarelli and Steve Barnett, below are links to recaps of some of the videos available.

James T. Brown on Change Management

Max McKeown – How to Shape your Future

 

PMI SYNERGY 2014 - Methodist Central Hall

PMI SYNERGY 2014 – Methodist Central Hall

Max McKeown – How to Shape your Future

Max McKeown PMI Synergy 2014

Max McKeown at PMI Synergy 2014

On the 14th of November Max was the last speaker at the PMI UK Chapter Synergy 2014 discussing How to Shape your Future.

Max McKeown works as a strategic adviser for four of the five most admired companies in the world. He is a well-known speaker on subjects including innovation and competitive advantage. His latest book, The Innovation Book: How to Manage Ideas and Execution to Deliver Outstanding Results was published in June 2014 and is the follow-up to The Strategy Book.

Max opened by questioning our assumptions of stability, “Stability is a dangerous illusion, except that it is also the standing assumption.” Change is constant and a project that assumes that its context will remain the same is destined to fail, in his talk Max uses the image of waves to illustrate the choices we have when we are confronted with change.

We can choose to be stranded, we can choose to sink, we can choose to be smashed or we can surf it.

Max expands this to call out members of the work force who resist change or don’t use the resources and people around them to help them catch up with and surf the change.

Max makes some interesting points about culturally ingrained behaviors, “We call the best and the worst of them Best Practice, we say this is a list of the things you must know and this is the way that you must behave. As though those things will never change.” This means that when a situation is high stress we tend to rely on previous behaviors whether those were successful or not causing repeated mistakes.

He goes on to talk about future thinking, market placement and the way we can change the way we react to those changes in a way that will help us chose and manage our futures.

To check out this and more content from PMI Synergy 2014 on the Development package of The PM Channel.

To keep up with the Max Mckeown’s Communication wave follow us on twitter on @ThePMChannel.

James T. Brown on Change Management

James T. Brown on Change Management

James T. Brown on Change Management at PMI Synergy 2014

 

On the 14th of November James spoke at the PMI UK Chapter Synergy 2014 on Change Management and its importance to the field of Project Management.

James has served as a subject matter expert for a leading project software vendor and is the author of The Handbook of Program Management published by McGraw-Hill. He has been published in PM Network, PE Magazine, PMI Community Post, Projects@Work, The Systems Thinker and PM World Today. A recognized authority in project management, he is a frequently invited keynote speaker on project management and leadership.

Using a fishing trip as an example James started his talk by drawing a compelling comparison between a fisherman who did not listen and customers who do the same. “A lot of times when our customers don’t listen to us as Project Managers it’s nice to think it’s there problem. But guess what? It’s our problem, we have to find a way to adapt them to the change.”

He went on to discuss his ideas about the purpose and shape of Project Management, James T. Brown discussed Change Management as a ‘Romance thing’ encouraging the audience to woo their stakeholders, he doesn’t claim it is an step in the process but describes it as a plan.

James T. Browns approach to Project Management is interesting and in this talk he uses his long career in Project Management as well as his personal life to draw compelling and engaging examples and parallels.

Check out this and other talks from PMI Synergy from the development package on The PM Channel.