PMI Synergy 2015 – The PM Channel videos now available


Celebrating its fifth year, the PMI Synergy conference took place on 12th November 2015 at Westminster’s picturesque Central Hall. Bringing together a large mix of professionals from across business sectors, from employers, professional bodies, academic institutions and project managers from all industries to celebrate the immense contribution project management makes, and its importance as an industry to society.

“Right in the heart of all this economic, social and cultural endeavour stands the project manager, providing the vital link between aspiration and reality” – Yohan Abrahams, PMI UK Chapter President

With the PMI Synergy conference being solely about celebrating and enabling the project management profession, it not only featured a number of distinguished speakers from around the globe, but invited educators, smaller businesses that enable and contribute to the project management profession, and retailers to join the celebration and contribute to the event. Having such an inclusive body of professionals truly enabled delegates to network, share stories, ideas and questions that will lead to a stronger more responsive project management profession.

The PM Channel were present at PMI Synergy 2015, and are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talk whenever you want, wherever you want.

We have the below talk by speaker Linda Lloyd available for FREE!

Linda Lloyd video

Linda Lloyd speaking at PMI Synergy

Linda Lloyd: Linda’s talk is called “Getting Agile to work in large organisations”, which starts with a brief introduction to her company Thales, and specifically her role in e-security. She then goes on to talk about how a company so large was able to adapt themselves to the Agile business philosophy so successfully, what that means for Thales going forward, and why Agile is a business practice that can work intertwined with traditional project management practices.

Linda is Thales Project Manager of the year for her application of project management in an Agile environment. Linda has worked in the civil and defense industry for 25 years. She has also led International Trade Missions to Europe, the Americas and The Far East.

The other talks featured on The PM Channel include:

Stewart Desson: Stewart’s talk entitled “Project Leadership through a Relationship Lens” gives an insight into his personal experience working at British Airways and the styles of management that were seen over the time he was there. Stewart goes on to try to assess the definition of great project management, and how using data can help facilitate a change in leadership styles.

Stewart is a highly experienced trainer and consultant and a leading expert in psychometrics. His specialities include organisational development, team effectiveness, communication, personal awareness and development, influencing skills, executive coaching and leadership skill development.

Harvey Maylor: Harvey’s talk which is titled “Synergy? Matching Leaders with Complexities” has him attempting to answer some extremely complicated questions about project management such as, what factors make a project complex to manage? How can we actively manage complexities? And, can we match leaders to complexities?

Harvey has been an academic and consultant for the past 25 years, is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and a visiting fellow at Cranfield University. He was previously Director of the International Centre for Programme Management at Cranfield, successfully delivering a $US4M programme of research with HP Enterprise Services, and before that, founding and running Cranfield’s MSC in Programme and Project Management.

 Didi Hopkins: Didi’s talk entitled “Volcanic Eruptions & ways to avoid them perhaps” covers communication problems, specifically highlighting the ways in which we choose to communicate, and the effects of those choices. Her talk offers alternative ways of communicating, focusing on empathy, listening and understanding, which in turn leads to better communication throughout and fewer internal conflicts. The end result for this is a better, more productive working environment.

As a theatre director and actor, Didi mixes theatre and the arts into business. She has been part of a team at the National Theatre devising, developing and delivering action based work using theatre techniques to unlock potential around leadership development, executive presence, communication and change.

Stephen Armstrong: Stephen’s talk which is titled “Leading Innovation: Building a new kind of Engineer for the 21st Century” gives an insight into the need for innovation within engineering roles, using his own experiences in the industry as a platform. Steven describes the challenges he faced on projects that lead him to innovative thinking about engineers as agents for enabling change in processes and implementation.

Stephen Armstrong has over 25 years of success, leading C-level strategic change and business transformation initiatives, with an initial pedigree in the Aerospace and Defense industry before then spreading to other sectors. Included are 23 large-scale enterprise-wide turnaround assignments, in technologically complex environments. In 2014, Armstrong was appointed Professor of Innovation, in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, at the University of Toronto.

Sylvana Storey: Sylvana’s talk entitled “The interplay between diversity and leadership” attempts to understand the capabilities of diversity in the 21st century, to present the overview of a model that encourages diversity, and to look at diversity as a change management process. To do this, she highlights the challenges she has personally faced within the industry, and uses data to highlight just how far the business world has to go in terms of diversifying.

Sylvana Storey is an organisational change management consultant, and a business psychologist. The Managing Director of Global Organizational Integrators, Sylvana advises organisations and is a guest lecturer for several business schools.

Phil Driver: Phil’s talk is entitled “Validating Strategies” in which he talks in depth about differing business strategies, how they work in a practical environment and what can be expected from them in terms of benefits. He also talks about how they came up with the idea for ‘open strategies’ and how that differs as a process to conventional business strategies.

Phil Driver is founder and CEO of OpenStrategies Ltd. His background in science and engineering management led to his involvement in large-scale industry-sector strategies. That in turn led to his developing an in-depth understanding of the challenges of even larger scale, public sector strategies.

Jim Snyder: Jim’s talk is a personal account of how PMI was founded, the vision that lead to its inception and the struggles of building it up to the global organisation it is today and the people who were key to its success.

Jim is a founder of the Project Management Institute, fellow of the Institute, volunteer executive director for 13 years, first president, and past chair of the Board. He continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute. He was been awarded the PMI Person of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute.

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

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