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APM Video Magazine (Eighth Edition) is released!

logoAPMThe PM Channel have paired up again with APM to offer this year’s first edition of the APM Video Magazine, the theme for this edition is Communication. We have drawn talks from speakers across the last year’s conferences to give a wide and varied view of the importance of communication when it comes to running projects.

The variety of videos explore communication through different perspectives and approaches from Bruno Kahne’s lessons learnt from the deaf world to Alan Barnard’s unique perspective as a political campaigner. The videos are drawn from APM’s own conferences and other Project Management conferences that have occurred over the last year.

To watch the videos go to the APM website here: http://www.apm.org.uk/node/123178

To read APM’s release and summary go here: : http://www.apm.org.uk/news/achieving-success-through-communication

To find our summaries of the videos please click on the links below:

Bruno Kahne – Deaf-Tips, Powerful Communication

Roy Sheppard – How to be upbeat in a downbeat world

Alan Barnard – Campaign it!

The PM Channel’s first podcasts!

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The PM Channel’s next step is podcasting, from now on The PM Channel will be offering a new free podcast every month drawn from our back catalog of content.

To celebrate our first attempt at podcasting we are offering three free this month to download and for further updates on future podcasts please keep an eye on our twitter @ThePMChannel and keep an eye out for our bimonthly newsletter.

This month’s podcasts are the following:

*slides are not included in the podcast, to see the slides please watch the original videos.*

Nick Field  Our very own MD Andrew Delo interviewed Nick Field in 2012 on his ideas, his recommendations and the challenges he has experienced in leadership.

Nick Field has over 30 years experience within the construction industry. He is a chartered civil engineer by background and he has specialised in project, programme and construction management for the past 20 years. Nick has held directorships within leading contractors, engineering consultants and project management consultancies and has international business experience.

To listen to or download the podcast go here or to watch the original video go here.

Ken Livingstone – In 2011 Ken Livingstone spoke at PMI Synergy, we have his talk in full here!

In 2004 Livingstone was elected Mayor of London and held that position until 2008. His Acts as Mayor included modernising the public transport system, advocating Oyster card use, introducing congestion charges, standing for environmental policies and many other ventures that have made London the place it is today.

To listen to or download the podcast go here or to watch the original video go here.

Louise Hardy – Also speaking at PMI Synergy in 2011, Louise was Olympic Park Infrastructure Director for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Louise had been working on the integration and management of the 2012 programme of design and construction work for over 5 years. She explains the engineering and project management challenges she faced in the grueling process of making the 2012 games a success.

To listen to or download the podcast go here or to watch the original video go here.

Bruno Kahne – Deaf-Tips, Powerful Communication

BrunokahneBruno leads a team of consultants, trainers, facilitators and coaches who are experts in Human Performance. Before joining AirBusiness Academy, he worked as an auditor, trainer and consultant in leadership, management, self-development, communication and change management, for companies specialised in fields as varied as the nuclear, supermarket, food, and construction industry.

Bruno holds an M.A. from the Université de Mons in Belgium and completed his PhD in Sociology from the University of Exeter.

A year ago Bruno spoke to a deaf person for the first time, as a communication coach and long term enthusiast Bruno was unprepared for how much of an impact this would have on him and how much the deaf world can teach the hearing about communication.

“In this world that is getting more and more complex we have a tendency to complexify everything, I believe we should be doing exactly the opposite.” Deaf people communicate in a language that is effective and despite the complexity of concepts they can communicate the language itself is simple and direct. Bruno emphasises several areas where the hearing world need to look at the way the deaf communicate and copy their behaviours.

Deaf-tips

– Look in the eyes

– Put yourselves in the other’s shoes

– Be simple and precise simultaneously

– Don’t say don’t

– Ask questions

 

Kahne uses emotive and strong examples of the way deaf people interact with each other and the world around them and the way the hearing world can learn from them.

“Deaf people can be seen in two different ways, either as people who have lost something – hearing – or as people who have gained something – the ability to communicate without sound.”

In the first case, Hearing people will express at best compassion, which will be perceived as offensive. In the second case, pity will be replaced by curiosity, respect for the difference, and desire to learn communication skills which are rarely found in the Hearing world

Truly handicapped people are not those with a malfunctioning body or mind, but those who have developed habits which prevent them from connecting with others in a healthy way. And as the world is moving away from discrimination and narrow-mindedness, maybe it is time to recognize the real experts in communication and learn from them.

If you wish to purchase Bruno’s book by the same name it is available  here and the full talk is also available on The PM Channel.

Roy Sheppard – Being upbeat in a downbeat world!

Roy-SheppardRoy Sheppard was a radio and television broadcaster, mainly with the BBC but also at HTV Wales in Cardiff and LBC Radio in London. He regularly worked alongside other notable presenters including Jeremy Paxman, Eamonn Holmes, Ann Robinson and the late Jill Dando and from 1985-91, he was an anchorman of the early evening news for the BBC in London.

Roy Sheppard is a specialist conference moderator, an experienced speaker and the author of eight books. As a moderator, Roy works on high-profile conferences for some of the world’s largest and most respected organisations. As well as being an acknowledged expert on building profitable business relationships through networking and referrals and he has worked as a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University’s full-time MBA course and more recently at Henley School of Management.

Roy Sheppard believes being upbeat, or downbeat, is a choice and in this talk he doesn’t claim to tell us anything we don’t already know. Roy shares his own methodology for developing what he calls your “Emotional Core,” including how to be emotionally stronger, more flexible and capable of dealing with whatever life seems to throw at us each and every day.

Roy opens the talk by asking the audience, have you ever been on a course on being happy? Roy questions that arguably the most important lesson in life isn’t taught or discussed.

Roy uses his experience and training as a therapist to declare that the number one reason in the world for unhappiness is that we create an image of what reality should be in our heads and then spend all of our time trying to make that image a reality and becoming unhappy when that image isn’t realised.

According to Roy we self-medicate, in order to try and convince ourselves we are happy we eat fast food, sugar and consume alcohol, “we can’t be up all the time, but we’re stimulation junkies. We want to be up all the time.”

Instead of looking for stimulation that is fleeting and possibly damaging Roy encourages us to identify the upbeat and downbeat people in our lives and instead focus on surround ourselves with positive influences.

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

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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.

Zero to APM Introductory Certificate (IC): A Graduate’s entry into the world of Project Management

APM Introductory Certificate

APM Introductory Certificate

Last Wednesday I started my first graduate job, Thursday morning I was back in the classroom. I was sitting in a conference room in Reading with 5 other ‘students’ waiting to begin the APM Introductory Certificate.

As it was one of Provek’s public training courses we were all from a variety of different backgrounds and companies. We ranged from the lone, lowly graduate with zero experience to a Gatwick engineer who had been managing projects for years.

Thankfully Nathalie, our trainer, was great at pitching the material at my level (the lowest level) but progressing quickly to challenge those who were picking it up quicker. So when I asked what a Gantt chart was it didn’t take her too long to recover!

The APM IC covers a lot of ground, it is a lot to absorb in two days, but the structure allowed for frequent repetition of older information. Each of the units logically builds on and expands previous modules meaning that whilst you progress you are naturally revising previous modules.

Provek’s method of teaching was very hands on, we were dragged out of our seats for activities at frequent intervals and whilst we complained a lot about the movement it was extremely helpful for our understanding of the units. Often the activities helped us grow in confidence or revealed areas we needed to return to, usually to our collective dismay!

Nathalie’s depth and breadth of experience helped her give us relevant and helpful real world examples as well as take the information she was giving us that one step beyond the theoretical to help us apply it when we were back in the work place.

One area I had a slight advantage was how recently I had done exams, many of the other delegates hadn’t done them in a while. My most recent exam experience however, wasn’t particularly helpful. As an English Graduate I haven’t done an exam with a definite right answer in a while, no long-winded explanations of my reasoning in this exam!

The exam was thankfully quite simple, 60 multiple choice questions, it didn’t stop the frantic highlighting and rereading during our final pre-exam minutes but it did make the actual exam far less stressful than I was expecting.

The questions are designed to thoroughly explore your understanding of the intricacies of the terms used and sometimes the difference between two answers was tiny until you (hopefully) remembered an important distinction.

After an hour it was all over, we were outside going over the questions we had struggled with and waving goodbye to the invigilator and his home décor magazines.

A week later I’ve passed and whilst they assure me now that if I hadn’t passed I would still have a job – I’m not so sure!

It was a brilliant experience, the training was of a high standard and I am very happy to now be in possession of my very own professional qualification, bring on APMP!