Archives for December2015

APM benefits summit 2015 – Videos available

The APM benefits summit 2015 took place on 25th June in London with clear objectives set out:

  • To establish #APMbmsummit as the annual ‘must attend’ UK conference for Benefits Management
  • To further the science and art of Benefits Management worldwide
  • To provide a forum for sharing knowledge and good practice
  • To provide delegates with great networking, learning opportunities and professional development
  • To support the development of a growing community of benefits management practitioners and stakeholders
  • To provide an oasis and motivation in the busy lives of delegate

The PM Channel were present at the APM benefits summit and are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talks whenever you want wherever you want.

What better way to kick of the day than with Eddie Obeng who’s talk we have available for FREE!

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Eddie Obeng speaking at the APM benefits management summit

Eddie Obeng: Eddie’s talk is titled “Our quest for success in the project management temple of doom”. An interesing title, but as always, a very engaging talk. Why do some high profile projects fail? The world is changing much more rapidly, than we realise, but are we properly equipped for this? Eddie argues that it is our job as a modern day “Indiana Jones” to enter the temple of doom and grasp the project management “holy grail” of success.

Eddie Obeng is the founder of Pentacle Virtual Business School and professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School. He is an educator, innovator and author.

Colin Morris: Colin’s talk is titled “Realising the benefits of delivering major infrastructure projects”. Colin explores the unique challenges to managing benefits that are presented by the scale and breadth of the high speed 2 railway, he discusses how the planning of HS2 will transform the way Britain thinks about transport and the construction will transform the way Britain thinks about infrastructure.  Colin is the strategy director for HS2 Ltd.

Stefan Sanchez & Alan Brown: Stefan and Alan’s talk is titled “Benefits and better business case”. Large projects in the public sector usually have multiple formal approval processes. Stefan and Alex describe how and when using the better business case approach should be used and the crucial role of benefits. They both have in depth knowledge and practical application of this. Stefan and Alex are both director of Value People Ltd.

Mike Ward & Richard Peel: Mike and Richard’s talk is titled “Improving benefits management at Sellafield”. Over the last few years Sellafield Ltd has been on a journey to improve its maturity in programme management and to achieve its overall site objective “excellence in programme and project management”. This talk provides an insight into the key elements of the journey and some of the techniques and principles applied.

Mike Ward is the head of portfolio and programme management capability at Sellafield. Richard Peel is a programme management consultant for the Sellafield improvement programme.

Bridget Jackson: Bridget’s talk is entitled “Over optimist in government projects”. Optimism bias in public sector projects is not an new phenomenon, but it is one that persists frequently, undermining projects value for money.

Steve Messenger: In this interactive workshop, Steve explores how Agile can help to deliver benefits incrementally whilst maintaining control and ensuring benefits realisation. This talk also inlcudes audience participation with real examples and opinions form audience members.

Steve is the current Chairman of the DSDM Consortium, a role which entails setting the strategy for DSDM and leading the DSDM Board of Directors. From his experience, Steve provides training and consultancy to large organisations and has been asked to speak at a number of conferences in Europe and the USA.

Benedict Pinches: This workshop presents the findings of research to investigate evidence presented in existing scholarly literature on the success of ICT and other investments in realising the benefits expected at the start of a project. Benedict will also highlight the potential obstacles for benefits realisation.

Benedict Pinches is the managing director and founder of the Oxford Major Programmes; a company dedicated to revolutionising the management of major projects and programmes.

Matt Williams: Matt argues that projects and programmes need to sit within an investment portfolio aligned with organisational goals and objectives if business value is to be created and benefits realised.

Matt Williams is the managing director of Connexion Systems, a provider of innovative services and systems that enable project organisations to maximise business value generated from portfolios of capital investments.

All these talks and many more from other conferences around the world are available on The PM Channel.

eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance – videos available


The eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance took place on 15th June at The Armourer’s Hall in Moorgate, London. An impressive venue, the conference was held over two days and was extremely informative and engaging.

The conference was focused on the subject of earned value management, with an earned value management masterclass available all day with Steve Wake – “someone who knows his stuff”.

The PM Channel were welcomed as a sponsor and media partner to record the talks which are now available at

With an impressive line up of speakers, we have the below talk by Sir John Bourn available for FREE!

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Sir John Bourn speaking at the eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance conference

Sir John Bourn: Sir John gives his opening key note – “Magna Carta and Project Management”. Sir John, KCB is a former Comptroller and Auditor of the United Kingdom. John is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and and Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Governance Research and Education. [FGRE] A Charitable Trust dedicated to thought leadership and best practice in governance.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence: Tim addresses the eVa20 conference on how to improve the initiation and delivery of major projects. Sir Tim is a retired British naval officer and chair of the MPA (Major projects association).

Peter Morris: Peter argues that “value is what projects should be creating for their sponsors. Earning is getting properly rewarded for doing so. Analysis is trying to think this through”.

Peter Morris is Professor of Construction and Project Management at UCL (University College London). Peter has also been in the forefront of developing richer, enlarged views of what disciplines should be doing for many years.

Tim Banfield: Tim’s talk is titled “Growing project delivery capability in government”. Tim is Director of strategy at the MPA (Major projects authority). He has a critical leadership role in developing the project delivery profession in government, including the development and advancement of the major projects leadership academy. an ideal speaker for this talk!

David Bennett: David presents his case study from completion of 12 months as project director for the Red Line of the Doha metro. He is Vice President of PMCM and Rail Industry and Jacobs Engineering leading programme and construction management business.

Stephen Carver: Stephen looks at some of the key anniversaries that we are celebrating in 2015 and links them back historically into key aspects of projects. He is a sought after speaker with a unique story-telling style and demonstrates how to help ourselves and develop our own skills. With much of his working life being spent in real business, his attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it”.

Merron Simpson: Merron’s talk is titled “Validating strategies…a Magna Carta for the 21st century?” She gives an insight into linked projects and results to uses, and benefits.

Merron is founding director of New Realities Limited and is the UK’s Lead on open strategies and a certified facilitator/practitioner. Merron uses open strategies with organisations to improve their strategic planning, undertake service review and demonstrate their social impact.

Louise Hardy: Louise’s talk is about organisation, culture and diversity – how do these critical people related aspects shape and influence the delivery of projects and programmes? Louise explores the range of issues presented by ‘OCD’ for influencing projects and business and how these impact upon successful outcomes.

Louise Hardy, BSc CEng FICE CMgr FCMI is a programme manager whose most notable role was as infrastructure director for the delivery partner to the ODA for the design and construction of the Olympic Games.

Dr Hakur Jonasson & Dr Helgi Ingasson: This presentation details some core concepts of project ethics, and the basic idea behind the Project Ethics Tool (PET) is explained. This talk also includes a brief overview of creation of the IPMA code of ethics.

Dr. Haukur Jonasson heads the MPM (Master in Project Management) programme at the University of Reykjavik, Iceland. Dr. Helgi Ingasson is the professor at the school of science and engineering at the same university.

Elizabeth Harrin: Elizabeth explains imposter syndrome and how it is a convenient label for the self doubt we feel from time to time. Elizabeth shares her personal battle with imposter syndrome and explains how to identify it, overcome it and offers practical ideas to help you become more confident.

Elizabeth Harrin, MA, FAPM, MBCS, is director of Otobus consultants Ltd. She is a PRINCE2, MSP and P30 practitioner and holds the ITIL foundation certificate, she is also the award-winning blogger behind ‘A Girls Guide to Project Management’  aimed at helping project managers communicate more effectively.

Paul Kidston & Simon Taylor: Paul and Simon discuss how better planning makes better projects.

Paul Kidston is the head of project control for Taylor Woodrow, civil engineering division of Vinci Construction, part of the largest construction and concession groups in the world. Working into the role of project management, Paul introduced, then, the relatively unknown technique of earned value analysis. At the same time he started to attend and then regularly became a speaker at EVA events.

Simon Taylor is head of planning at HS2 Ltd and has also worked for Transport for London.

Bruno Kahne: Bruno discusses how deaf people have over developed specific behaviours which help them to communicate faster than those that can hear, and with much more precision. What are these behaviours which allow them to have a more simple, precise and rapid communication?

Dr. Bruno Paul Kahne is the author of “Deaf-Tips, powerful communication.” Bruno leads a team of consultants, trainers, facilitators and coaches who are experts in human performance.

Bruno’s current role is a ‘Head of Disruptive Innovation,’ at Airbus Group Leadership University.  He has managed projects and trained in many parts of the world: Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA, to list only a few.

Mia Nordberg: Mia explores howe evolution of technology has changed the way you work with others on projects. Have trends of these new advancements improved your productivity, as well as your teams, or have they created new challenges?

Mia Nordborg is Director of the Customer Experience for Projectplace at Planview. Projectplace creates collaborative tools that enable people and organisations to reach their goals.

Dr Sylvana Storey: Sylvana discusses focusing on the behaviours required of leaders to facilitate a change towards inclusive cultures in their organisations. Also presenting LEAD3 , a leading analytical tool for integrated change management.

Sylvana is an organisational change management consultant and a business psychologist. She is the managing director of global organisational integrators and advises organisations. Sylvana is also a guest lecturer for several business schools.

Robin Yeman: One of the mistakes project teams make is the assumption that agile is only utilized for software development. Robin outlines how to set up an integrated performance management baseline for agile programs.

Robin is the agile transformation lead for Lockhead Martin where she has spent 22 years. She holds many certificates to her name including PMI-ACP (program management agile professional), and in the last 13 years has worked in a number of varied roles.

Jake Holloway: Jake shares some of his experiences as a survivor of a hundred or so IT and business projects. This talk is loosely based around his upcoming book, “A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders”, he introduces some of the characters that populate real organisations.

Jake Holloway is the Client Director for Xceed Group, specialising in IT transformations, migrations and change.

Simon Springate: Simon discusses how every board needs programme management expertise.

Simon is head of project controls Europe at CH2M. He has over 35 years experience in project controls after specialising in project planning. Throughout his career he has supported the development of the project profession through active membership of the APM and their special interest groups.

Jonathan Crone: Jonathan discuss the HS2 design vision. Developed with the input of leading UK designers, it aims to ensure that all aspects of HS2 will add up to create one transformational experience and that design is used effectively to achieve the ambitious social, economic and environmental goals for the nation. There are three major themes in the HS2 design vision on people, place and time. The full vision can be found on the HS2: high speed rail site.

Jonathan is the Director of the programme management office for HS2 and has over 30 years experience in project delivery. Jon has held project-focussed and functional roles on major projects in the UK and overseas, including major airports.

Julia Forte & Donna Anderson: This presentation takes a brief look at some of the key events that have led to the clinical trial governance (good clinical practice) that we see in place today, ensuring protection of the rights, well-being and health of patients involved. This is in reflection following the WW2 Nuremberg Trials and the use of Thalidomide in the 1950’s.

Julia Forte is the associate director of project management at Quintiles and Donna Anderson is the director of project management.

Eddie Obeng: Eddie displays a memorable aperitif to round off the EVA20 banquet. Eddie leads the audience on an engaging quest for the project management holy grail of success.

Professor Obeng is a British educator who is recognised for his success as a motivational speaker, innovator and author. Eddie has established QUBE, the worlds best 3D learning environment and is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School. He is also a contributor to the ever popular and informative TED talks.

All these talks and many more from other conferences around the world are available on The PM Channel.

ITER: Fusing the project world – videos available


The ITER: Fusing the project world project management conference took place on Friday 4th September near Marseille, France. This conference was run by project management practitioner Steve Wake for project management practitioners and stakeholders.

The ITER: Fusing the project world conference promised to provide a truly global perspective of what can be achieved when the world’s greatest minds work together to achieve a razor-sharp shared goal.

Steve Wake says “The lessons learned at ITER will change the way that delegates look at projects, period.”

The PM Channel were present at the ITER: Fusing the project world conference, are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talks whenever you want wherever you want.

We have the below talk by speaker Simon Addyman available for FREE!

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Simon Addyman speaking at ITER: Fusing the project world

Simon Addyman: Simon’s talk is called “Routines for success: organising for innovation and collaboration”.

Simon Addyman started his career in property refurbishment before moving overseas to work on a major school building programme for the World Bank in The Gambia, West Africa.

Before returning full time to the UK, Simon gained a distinction in his MSc in Construction Project Management from Heriot-Watt University. He joined London Underground in late 2000 and continues his professional development, becoming an APM Certificated Project Manager in 2008 and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at University College London.

Simon has spent his career in London underground (LU), from assistant project manager to programme manager, working on station infrastructure projects. He is currently the project manager for the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade project. The project has successfully implemented LU’s novel Innovative Contractor Engagement procurement route for which Simon was awarded Project Professional of the Year at the APM Awards 2013.

 Bernard Bigot: Bernard welcomes the audience to the conference and discusses ITER. Bernard has been closely associated with ITER since France’s bid to host the project in 2003. Following the ITER site decision in 2005, the signature of the ITER Agreement in 2006 and its ratification by all Members in 2007, Mr Bigot was delegated by the French government to act as High Representative for the implementation of ITER in France, a position that he has occupied since 2008.

Bernard is a Commandeur in the French Order of the Legion of Honour, a Commandeur in the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star, and an Officer the French Order of the National Merit. In October 2014 he received the Gold and Silver Star in the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun.

Steven Cowley: Steven’s talk is entitled “The wonder of fusion”. Professor Steven Cowley became Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Laboratory in September 2008 and Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD. from Princeton University.

His main research interest is in realising fusion power. He has also published over 150 papers on: the origin of magnetic fields in the universe, the theory of plasma turbulence and explosive behaviour in both laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.  Professor Cowley co-chaired the US National Academy’s decadal assessment of, and outlook for plasma science.

 Peter Morris: Peter’s talk is titled, “Addressing the challenge of climate change: The power of portfolio, program and project management”. Peter was Head of The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, at the University College London until August 2012 and is widely respected as one of the leading thinkers in project management. During this period the School tripled in size and was rated top in its Unit of Assessment for its research. From 1996 to 2009 Peter was also Executive Director of INDECO, a consultancy specializing in the management of projects.

Peter was Chairman of the Association for Project Management (APM) from 1993 to 1996 and Deputy Chairman of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) from 1995 to 1997. He received the Project Management Institute’s 2005 Research Achievement Award, IPMA’s 2009 Research Award and APM’s 2008 Sir Monty Finniston Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harley Lovegrove: Harleys talk is titled “Managing change”. Harley is the Chairman and one of the founding Partners of The Bayard Partnership.

Harley set up his first business when he was 21 and has over the years built a proven track record working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors from apparel to petrochemical and from telecommunications to transport. His biggest claim to fame in the scientific arena was in his role as COO of Eonic Systems, the innovative software company that designed and built the ‘Virtuoso’ real-time operating system for the Rosetta space probe and Philae lander; its minute but scalable microkernel architecture enabled it to run on radiation tolerant processors with the absolute minimum amount of resources.

Harley is also the author of four books; Making a Difference, Inspirational Leadership, Transition (and most recently) The Change Manager’s Handbook which was launched in the Science Museum in London earlier this year.

 Benita Cegarra: Benita’s talk is called “Dealing with difficult stakeholders”. Benita’s presentation will cover the thorny topic of managing difficult stakeholders with the sub-title “Pride, Prejudice and People”, as it is the recognition that people are the key factor in determining whether a project or programme will succeed. Benita will share her thoughts on getting people to commit to change, overcoming resistance and actually finding that you have a lot of support from areas where you don’t expect it.

Benita is a practical and pragmatic business trouble shooter with 20 years of experience working from board level to front-line operations in the areas of sales, customer services, supply chain and operational management. A superb communicator, Benita has successfully facilitated and implemented major change across the globe.

Transformation Directors hire Benita because she enables them to deliver their objectives quickly and team members enjoy working with her because she makes the complex appear simple, thus enabling on-time delivery of great bottom-line results.

Stephen Carver: Stephen’s talk is titled “Creating vision with stories”. Steven is a lecturer of Project & Programme Management and Crisis Communications on the Full-Time and Executive MBA at Cranfield University.

Prior to Cranfield University, Stephen worked on projects for the oil business before moving on to work at Virgin. From there he went on to work directly for a global CEO as Head of Project & Programme Management Strategy. Steven is an Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Risk Management and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

 Roberto Saban: Roberto’s talk is called “Project Management at the LHC:  a 20 year journey”. Roberto is the Head of Engineering at CERN. He graduated with a degree in informatics from Pisa University and went on to earn a Master’s degree at Edinburgh University.

All these talks and many more from other conferences around the world are available on The PM Channel.

PMI Synergy 2015 – The PM Channel videos now available


Celebrating its fifth year, the PMI Synergy conference took place on 12th November 2015 at Westminster’s picturesque Central Hall. Bringing together a large mix of professionals from across business sectors, from employers, professional bodies, academic institutions and project managers from all industries to celebrate the immense contribution project management makes, and its importance as an industry to society.

“Right in the heart of all this economic, social and cultural endeavour stands the project manager, providing the vital link between aspiration and reality” – Yohan Abrahams, PMI UK Chapter President

With the PMI Synergy conference being solely about celebrating and enabling the project management profession, it not only featured a number of distinguished speakers from around the globe, but invited educators, smaller businesses that enable and contribute to the project management profession, and retailers to join the celebration and contribute to the event. Having such an inclusive body of professionals truly enabled delegates to network, share stories, ideas and questions that will lead to a stronger more responsive project management profession.

The PM Channel were present at PMI Synergy 2015, and are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talk whenever you want, wherever you want.

We have the below talk by speaker Linda Lloyd available for FREE!

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Linda Lloyd speaking at PMI Synergy

Linda Lloyd: Linda’s talk is called “Getting Agile to work in large organisations”, which starts with a brief introduction to her company Thales, and specifically her role in e-security. She then goes on to talk about how a company so large was able to adapt themselves to the Agile business philosophy so successfully, what that means for Thales going forward, and why Agile is a business practice that can work intertwined with traditional project management practices.

Linda is Thales Project Manager of the year for her application of project management in an Agile environment. Linda has worked in the civil and defense industry for 25 years. She has also led International Trade Missions to Europe, the Americas and The Far East.

The other talks featured on The PM Channel include:

Stewart Desson: Stewart’s talk entitled “Project Leadership through a Relationship Lens” gives an insight into his personal experience working at British Airways and the styles of management that were seen over the time he was there. Stewart goes on to try to assess the definition of great project management, and how using data can help facilitate a change in leadership styles.

Stewart is a highly experienced trainer and consultant and a leading expert in psychometrics. His specialities include organisational development, team effectiveness, communication, personal awareness and development, influencing skills, executive coaching and leadership skill development.

Harvey Maylor: Harvey’s talk which is titled “Synergy? Matching Leaders with Complexities” has him attempting to answer some extremely complicated questions about project management such as, what factors make a project complex to manage? How can we actively manage complexities? And, can we match leaders to complexities?

Harvey has been an academic and consultant for the past 25 years, is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and a visiting fellow at Cranfield University. He was previously Director of the International Centre for Programme Management at Cranfield, successfully delivering a $US4M programme of research with HP Enterprise Services, and before that, founding and running Cranfield’s MSC in Programme and Project Management.

 Didi Hopkins: Didi’s talk entitled “Volcanic Eruptions & ways to avoid them perhaps” covers communication problems, specifically highlighting the ways in which we choose to communicate, and the effects of those choices. Her talk offers alternative ways of communicating, focusing on empathy, listening and understanding, which in turn leads to better communication throughout and fewer internal conflicts. The end result for this is a better, more productive working environment.

As a theatre director and actor, Didi mixes theatre and the arts into business. She has been part of a team at the National Theatre devising, developing and delivering action based work using theatre techniques to unlock potential around leadership development, executive presence, communication and change.

Stephen Armstrong: Stephen’s talk which is titled “Leading Innovation: Building a new kind of Engineer for the 21st Century” gives an insight into the need for innovation within engineering roles, using his own experiences in the industry as a platform. Steven describes the challenges he faced on projects that lead him to innovative thinking about engineers as agents for enabling change in processes and implementation.

Stephen Armstrong has over 25 years of success, leading C-level strategic change and business transformation initiatives, with an initial pedigree in the Aerospace and Defense industry before then spreading to other sectors. Included are 23 large-scale enterprise-wide turnaround assignments, in technologically complex environments. In 2014, Armstrong was appointed Professor of Innovation, in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, at the University of Toronto.

Sylvana Storey: Sylvana’s talk entitled “The interplay between diversity and leadership” attempts to understand the capabilities of diversity in the 21st century, to present the overview of a model that encourages diversity, and to look at diversity as a change management process. To do this, she highlights the challenges she has personally faced within the industry, and uses data to highlight just how far the business world has to go in terms of diversifying.

Sylvana Storey is an organisational change management consultant, and a business psychologist. The Managing Director of Global Organizational Integrators, Sylvana advises organisations and is a guest lecturer for several business schools.

Phil Driver: Phil’s talk is entitled “Validating Strategies” in which he talks in depth about differing business strategies, how they work in a practical environment and what can be expected from them in terms of benefits. He also talks about how they came up with the idea for ‘open strategies’ and how that differs as a process to conventional business strategies.

Phil Driver is founder and CEO of OpenStrategies Ltd. His background in science and engineering management led to his involvement in large-scale industry-sector strategies. That in turn led to his developing an in-depth understanding of the challenges of even larger scale, public sector strategies.

Jim Snyder: Jim’s talk is a personal account of how PMI was founded, the vision that lead to its inception and the struggles of building it up to the global organisation it is today and the people who were key to its success.

Jim is a founder of the Project Management Institute, fellow of the Institute, volunteer executive director for 13 years, first president, and past chair of the Board. He continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute. He was been awarded the PMI Person of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute.

All these talks and many more from other conference around the world are available on The PM Channel.