Interviews/Talks


Women in Project management – The PM Channel videos now online!

 

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The second National Women in Project Management (WiPM) Conference, “Driving the Future” took place on 24th September 2015. This conference was important to both men and women who want to ensure they are getting the best for their organisation and want to learn from other peoples experience about the value diversity brings.

Full of stimulating talks and interactive debate, the conference was designed to facilitate knowledge-sharing and fresh insights for attendees.

The event offered, high profile keynote speakers, an interactive debate, targeted networking opportunities and a variety of CPD activities with the aim of reinforcing the importance of women in project management.

The PM Channel were present at the Women in Project Management conference and are hosting the talks from the conference at www.thepmchannel.com where you can enjoy the talks whenever you want wherever you want.

We have the below talk from one of the keynote speakers Harriet Minter available for FREE.

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Harriet Minter speaking at the Women in project management conference

Harriet Minter: Harriet gives her opening keynote – “Proceed until apprehended”. Her talk focuses on what she has learnt from interviewing women at the top of their respective fields in the world of business.

Harriet is a regular speaker on women’s rights, the future of work and digital media. Harriet is the editor of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section where she writes extensively on a variety of issues relating to women and the workplace and has interviewed a range of leading women from MPs to entrepreneurs and celebrities. Prior to her current role she worked as a commissioning editor for a range of sections on the Guardian and also ran the engagement and social media strategy for the Guardian’s Professional Networks.

Amanda Clack: Amanda’s talk is title “Driving the future: How enabling diversity can boost business”. Her talk focuses on her experience as a woman at the top of her field, and how diversifying your business can lead to better results.

Amanda is a Partner at EY where she is the Head of Infrastructure (Advisory), and is a founding member for the APM Women in Project Management Specific Interest Group, having held numerous roles in APM, and winning the SIG coordinators award in 1995. Amanda was also a Partner at PwC where she was Head of Profession for Programme and Project Management. Amanda led on two of the leading PwC global reports for PPM covering 3025 people in 110 countries. With 29 years of consulting experience she has led a number of high profile engagements including being a Mission Critical Programme Engagement Director for the Prime Ministers Special Delivery Unit.

Teri Okoro: Teri’s talk is titled, “Embracing diverse talent”. Teri analyses the progress made by women in the field of project management, the necessity for an organisation based around women in the profession and the future challenges of women in Project Management.

Teri Okoro is Chair of APM’s Women in Project Management SIG, founder and director of a construction design and project/programme consultancy, member of the construction industry council diversity panel and non-executive director, speaker and commentator on gender and diversity matters.

Dr Milena Kanova: Dr. Kanova’s talk focuses on her personal experiences in project Management, and how she values stepping out of her frame, embracing leadership opportunities and the journey a project enables, it is titled “Listen, Learn, Lead”.

Milena Kanov is the senior director of project management at Quintiles, where she works with the strategic and operational teams to put in place planning and implementation of strategies for clinical trials in all internal medicine areas, including rare diseases and genetic disorders, nephrology, dermatology, women’s and men’s health and others – in all phases of clinical development.

Haroona Irshad-Franklin: Haroona’s talk gives insight into her experiences in project management for the U.K government, and how she feels the key skills of listening, learning and leading can transform the way projects are undertaken. It is titled “Listening, Learning, Leading”.

Haroona is a programme delivery professional with over 11 years’ experience of running major programmes in Central Government.

She joined the Home Office in 2004 from a construction and project management consultancy and has led on a number of major programmes including Heathrow Terminal 5, the National Identity Scheme and the Border Systems Programme as well as setting up a new Government Counter Terrorism Agency. During her work at the Border Systems Programme, Haroona was the lead for automating the UK Border and her portfolio included the new e-Passport gates which have set the standard internationally for automated controls.

Michelle Van der duin: Michelle’s talk is titled “Listening, Learning and Leading in Mega Projects delivery”. She talks about how vital the ability to listen, learn and lead is within the Project management profession and how it has helped her projects succeed within the oil & gas industry.

With over 20 years experience in Project Management Michelle is responsible for leading numerous large projects around the world and the downstream project portfolio (the largest offshore facility ever built) for Europe, The Middle East and Africa on HSSE, Cost, Schedule and Quality through a team of project managers/engineers.

Tom Taylor, David Hillson, Harriet Minter & Susie Boyce: “The National Conference Debate” is hosted by Tom Taylor.

In this debate, hosted by Tom Taylor, the panelists discuss some of the biggest questions facing Women in business and work today. Tom Taylor is President of APM, Principal of dashdot and joint founder of Buro Four. He is an experienced project manager, consultant, advisor, lecturer, speaker, author and occasional broadcaster.

Dr. Hillson is an international risk management consultant who leads The Risk Doctor Partnership. A 25-year veteran who has worked in nearly 50 countries and published 11 major books and more than 100 journal papers and articles on risk. A notable figure in business risk management, and the recipient of numerous awards for his work over the years including the PMI Fellow Award (2010), the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award (2002), the PMI Eric Jennet Project Management Excellence Award (2011), and the PMI David I Cleland Project Management Literature Award (2013).

Paul Tunnah, Jane Mackenzie-Lawrie & Elizabeth Harrin: “How to develop your own talent”.

The panel debates on the importance of marketing and networking for a business, both online and offline and at any level.

Paul founded Pharmaphorum Media in 2009, to drive better communication and collaboration between the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare stakeholders.

Jane has worked on top accounts in multiple categories – all B2B and service sector focused, including BMW, BT, American Express, Nationwide, Reed Employment and the ethical pharmaceutical sector on GSK, Pfizer and Roche when a pharma agency wanted to bring insight from outside the pharma world to its campaigns.

Elizabeth Harrin MA, FAPM, MBCS, is Head of Applications and Projects at Spire Healthcare and Director of Otobos Consultants Ltd, a project management consultancy practice.She is an award-winning project management blogger who writes the blog A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. She is also the author of the books Social Media for Project Managers, Customer-Centric Project Management and Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World.

Patty Everitt & Susanne Haselgrove: “Piecing together a “Me” shaped development plan”.

Patricia and Susanne focus on the benefits of a project manager injecting their own values into the role and how it helps enhance the project.

Susanne’s leadership career enabled her to promote widening participation, flexible learning and partnerships with employers to enable individuals to enhance their professional and personal development. Since 1998 Susanne has supported individual and team development in a variety of settings in public, private and third sector organisations including through the use of behavioural and psychometric tools.

Patty is a practising psychotherapist, who has also enjoyed a 30 year career as a physicist, software engineer, quality manager and IT project manager within a diverse range of organisations including SMEs and multi-national corporations, across the nuclear, scientific and pharmaceutical sectors. Alongside this very ordered and orderly path Patty developed a deep and abiding desire to notice what drives each of us to succeed, or not, in our ambitions. This path has taken her, via coaching, into psychotherapy.

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

The PM Channel at the Project Controls Expo 2015

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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.

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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:

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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.

 

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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 www.thepmchannel.com 

 

Project Controls Expo 2015

 

Waiting for a good opportunity to visit an exhibition that will provide significant practical and theoretical awareness on Project Controls process, tools and techniques to its stakeholders? Well, luckily this will be taking place on Tuesday 13th October 2015 at Arsenal Stadium / Football Club (even better if you’re an Arsenal fan)! Project Controls Expo 2015 will be the largest event focused so clearly on providing insight into the world of project controls.

The PM Channel will be attending and filming this event.

This show is the most important event for those working within the spectrum of Projects Controls, not just from an educational perspective but also in terms of building a network and exploring career opportunities.

The Project Controls Expo 2015 is a celebration of Project Controls and is supported by APM, ACostE, ECITB and PMI-UK.  It highlights the value of Project Controls and the impact it can have when put to use effectively.

A few industries that will be represented at the event include:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Construction
  • Rails
  • Infrastructure
  • Defence
  • Nuclear
  • Government

Key Highlights of Project Controls Expo 2015

  • Dedicated “Masteclass zone” aimed at senior professionals and executives
  • “Workshop Zone” offering 2 half day workshops
  • “Back to Basics” Masterclass zone targeted at “Beginners to Intermediate” Professionals
  • “Technology Zone” showcasing latest technology trends and updates
  • SME (Subject Matter Expert) Panels

Project Controls Expo are also introducing an exciting feature this year, “mobile app” to further enhance your experience at Expo. Key benefits of this feature are:

  • Access presentations while attending the session
  • Make notes against specific presentations
  • Interactive map
  • Contact delegates and expand your network and share your contact details with others
  • Surveys to voice your opinion
  • Notifications to ensure you don’t miss out the specific sessions
  • Personalised schedule to allow you to plan your day in advance
  • Social media interface to share the images, updates and news with your network instantly.

And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you (which i’m sure it was) Expo 2015 also offers breakfast, all day beverages, buffet lunch and an “evening social” (includes beer, wine and soft drinks) to all delegates followed by dinner for sponsors, speakers and selected guests.

So, don’t miss this chance and register to be part of this exciting event. For your convenience, here are some links

Introduction/Promotional video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdr1fB1Uspk
Registration – http://projectcontrolexpo.com/exporegister.aspx
Agenda – http://projectcontrolexpo.com/Agenda.aspx
Venue – http://projectcontrolexpo.com/Venue.aspx

Website – www.ProjectControlExpo.com
Email – Info@ProjectControlExpo.com

Phone – 00 44 (0) 208 0900 350 / 00 44  (0) 7880 883722

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 -https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources

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 – https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources/

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 – https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources/

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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 – https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources/

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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 – https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources/

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 – https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources/

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 – https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources/

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 – https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources/

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 – https://www.thepmchannel.com/resources/

Matthew Syed

 

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.

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– 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.

More great content from APM, PMI and EVA 19

More great content from APM, PMI and EVA 19

Leading internationally renowned speakers have been filmed at recent events including the APM conference, PMI UK Chapter evening meetings and EVA 19 Project Control conference.  Now with over 650 videos and 150 different contributors from around the world, The PM Channel provides an unparalleled source of on demand learning for project managers.

Watch three top speakers from recent events for free now:

Andy Griffee, W1 Programme Director, BBC speaking on the at the APM Conference 2014

Dr. Harvey Maylor, former director of ICPM at Cranfield University, speaking on complexity at EVA 19 Project Control conference

Bart Bernink, ESI International, speaking on projects in an agile environment at PMI UK Chapter evening meeting

Procurement of large infrastructure projects focus for video magazine

APM’s video magazine this month looks at large public sector infrastructure projects with particular focus on procurement.

Provided by The PM Channel, January’s edition has contributions from many different organisations involved in these mega-projects including Bechtel, High Speed 2 (HS2), Turner & Townsend, Glasgow 2014 and National Audit Office (NAO).

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All content has been filmed at APM events along with commissioned interviews from Costain and a leading independent consultant combined with selected content from the 26th IPMA World Congress in Greece.

View the video magazine for APM from The PM Channel today

Douglas Oakervee, former chairman for High Speed 2, spoke at last year’s APM Project Management Conference. He explains the guidance and advice being given to the Secretary of State regarding the hybrid bill necessary for phase 1 of HS2.

Bill Hewlett, technical director of Costain draws upon his great experience to explain the importance of matching the form of procurement to the project’s complexity. He shows how the different forms of procurement should be used.

Ailie MacAdam is an award-winning project director with experience on mega-projects across the globe and joined Bechtel over 26 years ago. She spoke at the 2012 APM Conference and is currently delivery director for Crossrail, the new railway line going through the heart of London. She describes some of the procurement challenges for Europe’s largest engineering project.

Craig Sloan was head of programme management and risk for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games when he spoke about balancing the delivery of an outstanding sport event, whilst meeting the bid commitments. He also covers the obligations of the contract as well as supporting the aspirations to leave a lasting legacy. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is also the focus for this year’s Scottish Conference.

Toby Kliskey, director of Turner & Townsend Project Management Ltd, advocates a systematic approach to managing change in public sector projects – meeting success criteria with constantly changing parameters and constraints.

Tim Banfield is a director of NAO and has specialised in the examination of public sector acquisition issues for almost 25 years. He has led and contributed to the production of over 100 published reports. Speaking at the 2013 APM Conference, he gives his views on designing projects for success.

Dr Steve Simister, an independent consultant, talks about the two main factors affecting the selection of a client’s procurement strategy and goes on to describe the four main approaches. He explains their pros and cons briefly and how each approach relates to risk transfer.

Two contributions from the IPMA World Congress by Bob Dignen and Hans-Petter Kraner on the challenges of large projects conclude this month’s video magazine.

TfL’s approach to investment governance of projects

Arnab explains the issues with investment governance within his organisation, TfL and the three principles that shaped the improvements to the processes.

In a second video, Arnab outlines the continual improvement journey for sponsorship with London Underground (part of TfL) including bringing it closer to the projects.

Arnab Banerjee is Programme Manager, Continuous Improvement at Transport for London (TfL). He has spent his whole career in heavy engineering – firstly in power generation and now transport. His previous roles have spanned tendering, sales, strategy and organisational development in international environments.  His current passion, in addition to change management, is knowledge management and how to create a culture of user-led improvement – particularly in an ‘old’ industry. He firmly believes that ‘mechanics drives culture’ and is always eager to hear from successful knowledge projects.

Arnab is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has a Masters from Imperial College, London and a MBA from the University of Warwick.