Agile Business Conference 2015

Driving Business Agility

Manav Mehan & Stephen Grafton from TCS are joined by Janet Randell from Aviva to discuss Aviva’s Agile transformation journey and how it drives Business Agility.


Behaviour Driven Change

Ahmad Fahmy talks about how teams that are working well together can be transformed into an Agile organisation with a common problem. He will draw on his experiences in India working with 11 separate teams.


The Inexorable Rise of Agile

Steve Denning discusses the dynamics of the ongoing transformation from the Traditional Economy of hierarchical bureaucracy to the radically different Agile management practices of the Creative Economy.  Steve Denning is the author of eight books, a contributor of more than 600 articles to since 2011.

EVA21 Conference videos now available

We were pleased to be invited to film the EVA21 Conference held over two days in London in June 2016.  There was a strong line-up of speakers and the event was well attended.

Watch Murray Easton for free, former top BAe Systems manager, talk about his leadership experiences.

Murray Easton

Murray Easton speaking at EVA21

Other talks by top speakers who were filmed included:

  • Delivering Major Projects in Government, Geraldine Barker, Director Project Delivery, National Audit Office
  • Agile: Transforming organisations by delivering business value early and often, Hugh Ivory DSDM Consortium
  • Benefits Management in an Agile World, Matt Williams, Connexion Systems
  • 2016 – Is this the end of the 100 year plus battle against Alzheimers Disease?, Dr. Lynne Hughes, Quintiles
  • Effective leaders create value-driven teams, Karolina Jackson-Ward, Projectplace
  • Pride, Prejudice and People. Dealing with difficult stakeholders, Benita Cegarra
  • Tim Banfield, Director of Strategy. Infrastructure & Projects Authority
  • The rise of the Enterprise PMO, Reinhard Wagner, President of IPMA & Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton, PMO SIG
  • EVM. A fresh look, Jurgen De Jonghe, CERN
  • Research Evidence, Dr. Paul Chapman, Saïd Business School
  • The Impact of law on an under-rated art, Sarah Schutte, solicitor-advocate
  • BIM as part of our project lives. The implications and opportunities, Silvia Sartorato, CH2M
  • Transforming Defence Equipment & Support – Spiralling into Control, Laura Smith, Managing Consultant, BMT Hi-Q Sigma
  • Can you see the real me?, Jack Pinter, Michael Mears & Emma Cater
  • Crossrail’s Journey with Earned Value, Richard Palczynski, Head of Project Controls, Crossrail
  • Embrace the space – making the most of the virtual meetings in your life, Eddie Obeng

APM Programme Management SIG Conference videos available

The PM Channel was invited to record presentations from the excellent APM Programme Management SIG (ProgM) annual conference held at CH2M on 10 March 2016.

Watch Reinhard Wagner for free on The PM Channel.

Reinhard Wagner

Reinhard Wagner, President of Executive Board of IPMA

The APM Programme Management SIG (ProgM) annual conference 2016 has a theme of Equipping Programme Managers for Global Success. It is now widely accepted that the only constant is change, and as the programme management environment becomes increasingly more mainstream and widely adopted, there is a need to ensure current and future programme managers have the skills and experience necessary to succeed.

Videos of all speakers were obtained and include:


Sir John Armitt, politics and major infrastructure
Reinhard Wagner, The evolution of programme management – insights from an international perspective
Eddie Obeng, Project champions – rising to the challenge


Chris Fairhead, From primary school to PhD: gaining generation’s interest in science and technology
Bruno Kahne, What programme managers can learn from the deaf world to improve their communication
Jonnie Jensen, Why is social media important to my programme?
Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton, The PMO: Organisational glue to make change stick
Amanda Clack and Alan Muse, International Construction Measurement Standards: What are they and why have them?
Les Squires, 10 social marketing concepts that change everything

APM Conference 2016 videos available

The PM Channel were delighted to be invited to film simultaneous streams at the APM Project Management Conference 2016 held in London on 21 April at Kings Place.

The theme for the APM Project Management Conference 2016 explored how the project profession can transform into one recognised as being world class. It considered how to create a world-class mindset and how that can transform you, your organisation and our profession.

In a competitive, globalised and connected world, the challenge to set new standards of achievement grows exponentially. How do we go beyond good practice, beyond best practice and all the way to world class when delivering change?

Watch the excellent talk by Isabel Dedring on the role of politics in project management for free on The PM Channel

Isabel Dedring

Watch Isabel Dedring speak about the role of politics in project management

The speakers recorded on video at the APM Project Management Conference 2016 included:

Stream one: Individual
An Introduction to Conversational Leadership by David Gurteen (Gurteen Knowledge)

Learning and Leadership: the foundations of successful transformation by Ann Alder and Geoff Cox (RSVP Design Ltd)

Conducting the Project Team: the lessons that project managers can learn from great musical conductors by Andy Cooke (PA Consulting)

Values and Elite Performance by Rob Coulthard (Judgement Index UK Ltd)

Stream two: Profession
Project and Programme Management, a profession at the heart of the London and national economies? by Michael Flynn (Transport for London)

What is the role of politics in project management? by Isabel Dedring (Arup)

Stream three: Organisation
World Class Programme and Project Management – Are We There Yet? by Steve Elliott  (HydroFormer Project Management Services)

A World-Class Mindset by Richard Palczynski (Crossrail)

Tfl Knowledge management journey – learning to be world-class by Liz Hobbs (Transport for London)

Closing keynote speaker:
The IPA: The future for government projects and programmes by Tony Meggs ( Infrastructure and Projects Authority)

APM Risk SIG Conference – videos available now!

David Hillson video

Watch David Hillson speaking at the APM Risk Management SIG Conference

The PM Channel were pleased to be invited by the APM to film this one-day event held by the Risk SIG.  Ken Evans, SIG chair, welcomed everyone to this conference and emphasised that this was part of the Risk SIG’s on-going commitment to bring together thought leaders, experts, practitioners and Risk SIG members to share the latest insights into risk management, from high level approaches to practical applications.

100 delegates attended the conference. They listened to presentations by six invited speakers on QRA, discussed risk tool software with nine of the leading vendors in the field and, of course, networked with other delegates, speakers, vendors and SIG committee members. At the end of each presentation, questions were invited and at the end of the last presentation, all the speakers together provided a further opportunity for delegates to ask more questions.

The conference had an international dimension with speakers, delegates and vendors from Europe, Africa and the USA. A special thanks goes to those who made the journey to London from beyond the UK shores. David Hillson is an award-winning thought-leader and expert practitioner who speaks and writes widely on risk management, with ten major books on the topic.

Watch David talking about ‘How Risky is Your Project?’. As a reminder for the delegates, here is a list of the speakers and the title of their presentation.

  • Dr David Hillson – How Risky is Your Project and How do You Know?
  • Mr Egan Naidoo – Lessons Learned in Implementing a QRA Capability – An African Perspective
  • Ms Val Jonas – QRA Throughout the Project Lifecycle
  • Mr Roger Garrini – Quantitative Risk Analysis in Industry
  • Mr Simon White – User-Friendly Risk Management
  • Dr David Hulett – Unknowns, Systemic Risks and Risk Prioritization in Schedule Risk Analysis

The PM Channel at the Project Controls Expo 2015


The Project Controls Expo 2015 is the largest Project Controls event of its kind, bringing together delegates from all over the globe with the intention of doing the unthinkable, sharing their collective knowledge, tools, practices and  processes. The invitation to teach, learn and review practices is what makes the Project Controls Expo 2015 so important in the project controls industry, it allows the whole industry to learn from each other, improve from each other and grow together. To facilitate that The PM Channel have archived the talks and seminars from the event, so you can learn from the speakers at a time and place that suits you.


Taking place on October 13th 2015, the Project Controls Expo 2015 was held at the mighty Emirates Stadium in the west stand. Transforming the stadium commonly known as a place for sporting excellence into a vibrant venue for business excellence is no small feat. However with the inclusion of a partner showcase room, a job fair, a zone dedicated to offering master classes in business practices, a workshop zone in which delegates can discuss project controls, a technology zone where the latest software and products used in project controls were on display, a zone dedicated to the intermediates of project controls where they live-streamed a basic overview of project controls in business and a zone for panels where delegates could share their experiences and ideas, the Emirates Stadium lived up to its reputation as a world class venue.

The side of Emirates stadium few get to see

The side of Emirates stadium few get to see

Over the course of the Project Controls Expo 2015 numerous talks and seminars (which are available on The PM Channel) took place from experts across numerous fields in business, these included:


Steven Norris – Steven’s talk is the keynote and opening talk of the conference. He talks about the history of infrastructure and how the United Kingdom still relies on infrastructure developed in the nineteenth century. Going through his personal experience working in Infrastructure, Steven goes through the issues that developing infrastructure undergoes, from political challenges to the obstacles in the field. His keynote speech from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now available for viewing on The PM Channel.

Steve has combined a career in politics with a business career in the fields of property, infrastructure and transportation. He is currently Chairman of BNP Paribas Real Estate UK and of Soho Estates. Having a particular interest in infrastructure he chairs the National Infrastructure Planning Association which works with government to improve the planning regime around major projects and advises a number of clients on major schemes.



Preet Bullar & Tony Purpuri – Preet and Tony gave a talk entitled “Challenges of tracking EV progress on the Army’s highest priority equipment programme – SV Scout” in which they spoke about the challenges they had faced and overcome in their many years working with defense programmes. Their talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 can now be found on The PM Channel.

Preet is an Engineer and Program Management Consultant, with over 12 years experience supporting the Ministry of Defense. He is currently the EVM Lead on what is the Army’s highest priority new equipment programme, a multi-billion pound Armoured Vehicles Programme.

Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a Certified Cost Estimator with experience in the defense air and sea domains. He is currently responsible for estimating the cost of one of the largest and most complex defense programmes.


20151107105747_thumbDavid Bordoli and Helen Bentley – David and Helen presented a talk entitled “Scream if you want to go faster” which was a Masterclass based on a role play scenario looking at key practical aspects i.e. Contractual and legal, planning and programming, quantum and project management, and a project controls dashboard. Their talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now available to view on The PM Channel.

David has over 35 years experience in the construction industry, and in 2014 co-authored ‘A Handbook for Construction Planning and Scheduling’. David is currently involved in a major infrastructure arbitration in South Africa.

Helen is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience spanning a broad range of building and civil engineering projects. Today Helen continues to advise on many standard forms of contract including NEC, ICE and JCT.


20151107113608_thumbWill Bentley – Will conducted a talk entitled “Pragmatic approach to EV” in which Will addressed some of the key drivers for the HS2 Programme such as why HS2 is so important to re-balance and build a sustainable economy, as well as being a catalyst for economic growth for Britain. His talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now ready for viewing on The PM Channel.

Will is the Program Control Director for HS2 Ltd, and has extensive experience working on many large infrastructure programmes in the UK and abroad including West Coast Route Modernisation, Qatar National Vision, Dubai Metro, North Sea projects and the Channel Tunnel.


20151107115023_thumbIan Heaphy – Ian gave a talk entitled “Marking Target Cost Contracts Work Under the NEC3” in which he explained how target cost contracts under NEC3 are intended to work and how they can, if well set up, deliver value for money. The talk also considered the problems parties who do not adequately understand those aspects of the contractual processes which determine a project’s success or failure; may face and how to mitigate these dangers. Ian’s talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now up on The PM Channel.

Ian is currently a Director in Turner & Townsends Contract Services Team, with over 20 years’ experience across the industry, including oil & gas, water, aviation, rail, highways, building and ports.


20151107115906_thumbJon Broome – Jon’s talk entitled “NEC3 compensation events: agreeing contractual change promptly, amicably and constructively” which presented a process that allows the parties to not just agree commercial settlements as the contract progresses, but to arrive at an agreed final account on contract completion, and also manage change events better so that the employer pays less and the contractor makes more money. Jon’s talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now available to watch on The PM Channel.

Dr Jon Broome PhD, MAPM, MIoD is a director of BuiltIntelligence, chair of the Association for Project Management’s Contracts & Procurement SIG, and a recognised NEC3 contract expert. With over 20+ years experience in the development field, Jon has authored academic papers and articles, and two books on NEC3, and he co-authored the BuiltIntelligence on-line NEC3 e-Learning Academy.


20151108120609_thumbFranco Pittoni – Franco gives a talk entitled “BIM – food for thoughts – Chef Masterclasses” in which he lays out the values, standards, codes of practice and concepts that are the basis of a sound BIM solution. His talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is available to view on The PM Channel.

Franco has over 42 years of experience in project planning & control which has given him experience working with Engineers, Consultants, Contractors and as a Client’s Representative.


20151108101535_thumbJohn Hollmann –  John spoke on the subject of “Reliable Risk Quantification for Project Cost and Schedule” in which he talks about the reality of cost estimate inaccuracy, failed cost/schedule risk analysis, and research on successful methods. This is followed by the demonstration of practical, reliable cost and scheduled risk quantification methods that anyone can apply without reliance on complex software and consultants. His talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 has now been published on The PM Channel.

John has 35 years of experience, including all practice areas of cost engineering and project control including empirically-based risk quantification, and uses his experience to help owner companies improve their Cost Engineering capabilities.


20151108011433_thumbEwen Maclean & William Godwin – Ewen and William present a workshop entitled “Delay Claims and Analysis based on FIDIC Forms of Contract” in which they provide a general introduction to FIDIC claims covering what type of claims contractors typically make under FIDIC distinguishing between the recovery of time and money under different provisions of the FIDIC forms. Their workshop from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now ready for viewing on The PM Channel.

Ewen is an experienced expert in the field of programming; delay and disruption; and associated prolongation costs in relation to construction and engineering projects. His experience has lead him to work on contracts that span, inter alia, major building, civil engineering, oil and gas, airports, tunneling, mechanical and electrical, pharmaceutical, infrastructure including highways and rail as well as fit-out works.

William is a practicing Barrister with over 20 years experience in construction law. He is an arbitration panel member of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Shanghai International Arbitration Center and the Dubai International Arbitration Center; he is also an accredited adjudicator of the English Technology and Construction Bar Association.


The PM Channel was present at all these talks from the Project Controls Expo 2015 and they are available to view now on the channel, which can be found at 


APMP – What’s it all about?

So, what is APMP really all about?

Is this you when you hear the acronym APMP? If so, keep on reading to find out what it’s all about!

 The formal definition on the APM website is:

‘APMP is the flagship qualification of the Association for Project Management. Tens of thousands of project managers have chosen to obtain the internationally recognised International Project Management Association Level D certification’. 

Still confused? Here’s a much simpler one:

APMP is aimed at those wishing to achieve an extensive level of project management knowledge, sufficient to incorporate into projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects. Installing transferable skills form one job to to another. Applicants typically have some pre-existing project management knowledge, although it is not essential.

APMP allows individuals to demonstrate their knowledge of all the components that come under project management. The APMP also allows for individuals to show their understanding of how these components then interact together and how any future projects they undertake can fit into their strategic and commercial environment.  The APMP is both a nationally and internationally recognised qualification. As it is such a diverse qualification, it can be carried from one job to another – and even more so, from one industry to another.

So hopefully now, when someone asks you about APMP, you should look more like this

If you would like to know even more about APMP, or even if you think this might be a qualification that could be for you, have a look at the following helpful websites:

The PM Channel –

Provek Ltd –

APM Website –

The PMO Conference 2015


The PMO Conference 2015 recently took place at Whitehall Place, located within Whitehall Court. The Conference was held for one day and had four zones to attend with speakers and workshops, along with designated networking times and space.

The conference was specifically designed to engage PMO managers and senior stakeholders who are ready to introduce or advance their company’s PMO to the next level of performance and value.

The PM Channel were welcomed as one of the media partners to attend. The day was very informative and contained lots of interesting questions. It was both exciting and fun to see many new faces taking an interest in The PM Channel itself and in progressing their company’s PMO.

We filmed some great content which we are now pleased to say, is available to view on

J Leroy Ward gives his opening keynote on the topic of Global State of the PMO. LeRoy is a respected, global expert in project, program and portfolio management. He has significant experience in consulting and working with Global Fortune 500 corporations.

CraigKilford Craig Kilford is one of the world’s leading thinkers in portfolio management and  co-Author of the Management of Portfolio guidance. Renowned for his creative and  energising approach, Craig gives a fascinating insight into his dream for Portfolio  Management and offices. If you would like to know more about Craigs’ dream he also  writes his own personal blog – MrPortfolioManagement

John McIntyre is a PMO/ Delivery leader in association with Ticketmaster. He has over 15 years’ experience helping organisations deliver projects and programmers that deliver business outcomes. In this session, John explains how the PMO provides value added services such as strategic planning and portfolio management which adds to the continuous improvements of work. John shares his insights into how Ticketmaster’s PMO has evolved over time.

20150622044810 Tim Wesserman 
is Chief Learning Officer for IPS  learning. Tim is responsible for developing and  managing the SAPM curriculum through the dynamic  partnership of Stanford University faculty and IPS  domain knowledge experts. Tim explains that even  today’s dynamic, technology-infused world offers  limitless opportunities for bringing new ideas to market. But even the most forward-thinking leaders with clear strategic visions typically fail to see their visions executed successfully. This presentation will  present a framework for strategic execution that helps PMO leaders  to continuously identify and ​ align the right projects and do those projects right. Click here for the video: The next Generation PMO

Susanne Madsden  is an internationally recognised project leadership coach, trainer and consultant. She is the author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook and The Power of Project Leadership. Susanne will explore the services that the PMO provides when coaching project managers and whether the PMO actually do provide coaching services to an organisation. Susanne further explores the popular questions that PMO practitioners  often have about this type of service and what PMOs need to do to carry this out successfully.

PMO 2 Terry Doerscher 
is an internationally recognised  expert  in Enterprise and Project Portfolio Management  and the PMO. With three decades of experience as a  practitioner  and consultant offering top-tier expertise,  Terry’s work is  acknowledged by leading industry  analysts. Terry  questions whether your organisation is  well-aligned?  What is ‘alignment’ in fact? And how do you know? This  presentation examines the relationships between the PMO, managing the life cycle and defining what alignment is.

 Tim Banfield, Director at the Major Projects Authority, is an experienced senior professional.  Tim holds experience of managing senior stakeholders in government, commercial organisations and Parliament. Tim focuses on the difficult and crucial conversations that have enabled the MPA to make headway on their commitments to assure, support and report on the Government Major Projects Portfolio.

Peter Shirley, Portfolio and PMO (P3O) Director at PA Consulting. An experienced Change professional with over 18 years experience of work in many industries. Peter provides insights into two areas. The role of the PMO in creating a Change Centrre of Excellence and Maximising value form change investment.

PMO Michael Cooch 
is Partner at PWC. He has deep  experience in designing and implementing best practice  program/ portfolio governance and control frameworks  across a range of industries. Michael takes a look at the  key emerging trends in PMO in a business context.  Michael will highlight how emerging practices can really  change the value case of the PMO.

Eileen Roden is the Director at Chalk House Training and Consultancy. Eileen works with key clients to improve project delivery capability. Here Eileen explores some interesting questions such as P30 and beyond, what is next for PMOs?  What are the key areas in programme and project management delivery that need the PMO’s attention?  And are we equipped to provide services in support of portfolio management?

APM Project Management Conference 2015

On the 19th March the APM Project Management Conference 2015 took place.

Project management in real life is rarely the same as project management in the text books. This has created great myths in our profession that cloud both our perception and decision making.

The APM Project Management Conference 2015 focused on dispelling these myths by uncovering the evidence that will increase the likelihood of you successfully delivering your projects, programmes and portfolios.

The PM Channel attended and are happy to bring you videos from the following speakers:

Mary McKinlay gives her opening remarks as chair of the APM Conference 2015. Click here for this video –

Mary McKinlay

Kate Rooke and Andy Cooke are management consultants at PA Consulting. Kate and Andy look at the project manager/ engineer relationship and focussing on how they can move from a good, to a really great delivery performance through better understanding and using a more unified approach. Click here for this video –

Kate Rooke & Andy Cooke

Martin Monoghan has been with DHL Supply Chain for eight years having joined on the DHL Graduate Management Programme after graduating with a BSc in Psychology. Can we wait for our next generation of project managers to become subject matter experts in supply chain? Martin looks at what core competencies and skills make a diverse and effective project manager. Click here for this video –

Martin Monoghan

Cliff Jones, a member of the senior management team within the ProCure21+ team at the Dept of Health. Cliff demonstrates how contracts that reflect best project management practice are an essential element to ensure the delivery of successful outcomes on any construction project. Click here for this video –

Cliff Jones

Geraldine Barker, director at the National Audit Office, is responsible for leading the development of the NAO’s approach to auditing major projects and programmes throughout government. Bridget Jackson. audit manager at the National Audit Office, is an experienced value for money auditor in the review of major government programmes and contracts. Geraldine and Bridget outline lessons learned that the NAO have identified over the course of auditing five major rail infrastructure programmes. They will look at what some of the barriers are that are familiar to many project managers. Click here for this video –

Geraldine Barker & Bridget Jackson

Dr David Pendleton, co-founder of Edgecumbe Group, has been consulting in occupational psychology for over 20 years since completing his doctorate at Oxford. He works throughout the world with clients in a wide range of organisations. Most of his work is in top team development and leadership development. David discusses how unlikely it is that any leader will be world-class in all aspects of leadership and consider a new way of thinking about leadership that places emphasis on teams of leaders who are complete together. Click here for this video –

Dr David Pendleton

Manon Bradley is the development director for the Major Projects Association (MPA), a membership association for organisations engaged in the delivery and the development of major projects, programmes and portfolios. Manon outlines the evidence of why diversity can improve the outcome of your project and will then explore why single sex teams are so prevalent. Her presentation will challenge typically held beliefs about gender balance in the workplace. Click here for this video –

Manon Bradley

John Pelton MBE, programme partner director at Crossrail and Director of the Programme Partner Transcend, a JV between CH2M HILL, AECOM and Nichols. As such he is the lead for the innovation programme, specific complex projects and heading up the programme partner JV. Focussing on innovation in infrastructure projects and programmes, John considers some of the characteristics, benefits and lessons learned from the Crossrail experience and how the industry might consider innovation in the future. Click here for this video –

John Pelton

Matthew Syed is currently a columnist and feature writer for The Times. He has won numerous prizes for his writing including Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards and Sports Feature Writer of the Year at the Sports Journalist Association Awards. Click here for this video –

Matthew Syed


Behind the scenes at PMI Synergy livestream


PMI Synergy was The PM Channel‘s first livestream and we are happy with our success, with 8 hours of high quality content and zero technical problems, we have decided to release a celebratory video! This videos takes you behind the scenes with us to describe the reason progressing to livestreaming is so important and the different features the livestream offered.