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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

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.

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!

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

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!

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).

Video magazine

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.

PMI Synergy 2013 will not be missed!

PMI Synergy 2013 will not be missed!

 13 dynamic presenters, speakers and contributors were filmed by The PM Channel at this year’s event held for the first time at Central Hall, Westminster, London

 Presented by Michel Thiry and David Hillson, Synergy 2013 was deemed a great success by the delegates.  Most presentations will be available soon on The PM Channel by subscription and through the PMI UK members’ website free of charge.

PM-SYNERGY

Speakers included:

Jim Lawless, Hammish Taylor, Alison Charles, Nick Fewings, Steve Carver, James T. Brown

To learn more about The PM Channel, click here, or contact us on 01635 524 610 or email us at enquiries@thepmchannel.com

APMP or PRINCE2 project management qualification – which one for you?

APMP and PRINCE2 are the two leading knowledge based project management qualifications in the UK.  But which one is right for you?  Here are some factors to consider.

Factor APMP PRINCE2
Accrediting organisation Association for Project Management (APM) – 20,000 members based professional organisation APMG-International – private global accreditation company working under contract to the Cabinet Office
Syllabus source APM Body of Knowledge (52 topics outlined in BoK published by APM PRINCE2 Manual published by TSO c. 300+ pages.
Quality assurance APM’s internal structures and alignment to International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level D qualification UKAS accredited with authoring and review panels drawn from consultants and industry
Recognition Held in high esteem by industry because it is broad and rigorous. Principally UK based with c. 4,000 per year taking APMP. Huge international volume of c. 100,000 per year.  High pass rate has reduced its reputation in recent years.
Professional membership Free membership after taking the examination None
Syllabus focus Principles based principally with some techniques around 37 topics including life-cycles, organisation, risk, change, issues, earned value, leadership, sponsorship, communication, negotiation etc.) Process based (e.g. starting, initiating, directing, controlling and closing) principally with seven themes – business case, organisation, quality, plans, risk, change, and progress.
Study time Recommended 40-60 hours Recommended 30-50 hours
Exam 3 hours written paper in English. 10 questions from 16. Pass rate c. 75% Multiple languages.  Foundation 1 hour 75 multiple choice questions. Pass rate 99%+Practitioner 2.5 hours 8 objective choice questions.  Pass rate c.90+%
Open exam centres Four time per year in UK.  No remote proctoring. Every month plus on demand plus remote proctoring.
Cost of a single place including examination on a public classroom based course £1,000 – £1,500 £750 – £1,250

APMP is right for you if your organisation or its clients do not use the PRINCE2 methodology and you are interested in a broader more rounded and more highly regarded qualification from a  professional membership based organisation that you may wish to join.

PRINCE2 is right for you if your organisation or its clients use the methodology for its project management or you want a method focused project management qualification that is more widely known both in the UK and in some overseas countries, and is easier to pass and is slightly cheaper.

Craig Stansfield with David Bright – Improving IBR outcomes through self-assessment

David was the Managing Director of BMT Hi-Q Sigma Ltd, a consultancy that delivers sustainable change and improvements in organisations’ control, assurance and governance of their projects and programmes through the implementation of systems engineering, project control and programme management solutions. Since April 2013 he became the Sector Director, Defence for BMT group with involvement in all BMT Companies that support the defence market.

Craig joined Thales Transportation Solutions in 2012 taking up the post of Project Controls Manager on the signalling upgrade programme to the London Underground’s Jubilee and Northern Lines. This comprises the design, installation and testing of Thales’s proven Seltrac Transmission Based Train Control (TBTC) system delivering improved reliability and increased train capacity through improved signalling.

See this and other talks from EVA18 Project Control on The PM Channel.