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.

Project Controls Expo 2014

Project Controls Expo Logo HR




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 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.

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.


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

Susanne Madsen on VIP for project management leadership

Susanne Madsen is a valued contributor to The PM Channel and we were pleased to  record her talk recently for the APM London Branch meeting.  In her full talk on The PM Channel Susanne introduced the concept of VIP.   In the clip below, Susanne Madsen outlines her talk for you.


As project managers, many of us work on projects that are both business critical and complex, and which have a global and cross-cultural element to them. To successfully implement such projects, we cannot rely on project management certification alone which predominantly makes us good at planning and tracking the task-related aspects of a project. In addition, we must be able to build effective relationships, clearly articulate the project’s vision and build a highly motivated team.  Susanne Madsen says to become a successful project leader, apply the principles of the VIP model.

Lead with Vision: The greater clarity you have with regards to the future you wish to create, the easier it will be for you to serve your customer, deliver the desired end-state and provide focus and direction to the team. When you understand and take ownership of the strategy for achieving a successful project outcome, you are able to inspire and motivate the team and make the day-to-day decisions necessary to reach that future. To lead with vision, you should:

  • Fully embrace the goals, objectives and plans of the project
  • Visualize what the end state of your project looks like
  • Challenge the status quo by finding more effective ways of achieving the vision
  • See it the way the end users and beneficiaries see it
  • Feel it, taste it, and smell it
  • Take ownership, not just for delivering project outputs and capabilities, but for the ultimate business benefits
  • Draw your team into the vision by illustrating how each person fits in and matters to the project’s overall execution

When you lead with vision you become more than a manager of people and resources. You become an inspiration to the team and a change agent who monitors and delivers the ultimate business benefits and value-added services to the client.

Work with Intent: Working as a project manager can be stressful and the demand for your time will always be greater than what you have available. Successful project leaders know how to get the most out of the day as they constantly assess where their time is best spent. When you work with intent you focus on those activities that yield the biggest result for your project and for your customer. You avoid the trap of being reactive and firefighting, and you become good at delegating tasks which someone else could do just as well as, or better than, yourself. To work smarter rather than harder, you should:

  • Focus your time on pro-active activities such as planning, risk mitigation, quality assurance, relationship building and stakeholder management
  • Avoid fire-fighting and time-wasting activities
  • Concentrate on the 20% of daily activities that contribute to 80% of your results
  • Delegate administrative tasks, low level planning, project reporting and documentation – for instance to your PMO
  • Train and grow other people so that you have someone to delegate to
  • Consistently ask yourself what the most important use of your time is right now
  • Focus on people as much as you focus on tasks

When you work with intent and focus you lay the foundation for being a high performer. You spend your time where it is most needed and you are more likely to avoid a crisis situation and having to firefight in the present moment.

Focus on People: Too many project managers hide behind their desk and mainly communicate through emails and status reports. To become a project leader you must connect with people and build strong relationships. This is true for your team members as well as your stakeholders. Your team members need to feel personally motivated and connected to the project’s vision in order to perform at their best. Likewise, the project stakeholders are a source of great support and can contribute tremendously towards a successful project outcome if managed correctly. To build strong relationships with people, you should:

  • Seek to understand what drives and motivates each of your team-members
  • Spend time with them on a one-2-one basis and really listen
  • Utilize people’s strengths and give them work which is interesting and purposeful
  • Identify the project’s most powerful and influential stakeholders
  • Engage them on a regular basis through short face-2- face sessions
  • Ask about their concerns, suggestions and understand their success criteria
  • Draw them into the project in a way which suits their interests, skills and preferences
  • Expand your comfort zone by interfacing directly with the sponsor

When you connect with people and find out what motivates each person do their job even better, you can align the individual’s aims and purposes with that of the project and create a truly motivated and highly effective team. Likewise, when you consider your stakeholders’ priorities, concerns, and success criteria, they will start to trust you and become allies who actively work to support you and your project.

Susanne Madsen is project and programme manager, mentor, and coach with over 15 years of experience in managing and rolling out major change programs. Susanne also holds several qualifications in the area of personal performance and corporate and executive coaching and is the author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook – Six Steps to Unleashing Your Potential.  To find out more about Susanne, please visit her website and blog at  You can also follow Susanne on Twitter: @SusanneMadsen.