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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.

APM benefits summit 2015 – Videos available

The APM benefits summit 2015 took place on 25th June in London with clear objectives set out:

  • To establish #APMbmsummit as the annual ‘must attend’ UK conference for Benefits Management
  • To further the science and art of Benefits Management worldwide
  • To provide a forum for sharing knowledge and good practice
  • To provide delegates with great networking, learning opportunities and professional development
  • To support the development of a growing community of benefits management practitioners and stakeholders
  • To provide an oasis and motivation in the busy lives of delegate

The PM Channel were present at the APM benefits summit and are hosting the talks from the conference at www.thepmchannel.com where you can enjoy the talks whenever you want wherever you want.

What better way to kick of the day than with Eddie Obeng who’s talk we have available for FREE!

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Eddie Obeng speaking at the APM benefits management summit


Eddie Obeng: Eddie’s talk is titled “Our quest for success in the project management temple of doom”. An interesing title, but as always, a very engaging talk. Why do some high profile projects fail? The world is changing much more rapidly, than we realise, but are we properly equipped for this? Eddie argues that it is our job as a modern day “Indiana Jones” to enter the temple of doom and grasp the project management “holy grail” of success.

Eddie Obeng is the founder of Pentacle Virtual Business School and professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School. He is an educator, innovator and author.

Colin Morris: Colin’s talk is titled “Realising the benefits of delivering major infrastructure projects”. Colin explores the unique challenges to managing benefits that are presented by the scale and breadth of the high speed 2 railway, he discusses how the planning of HS2 will transform the way Britain thinks about transport and the construction will transform the way Britain thinks about infrastructure.  Colin is the strategy director for HS2 Ltd.

Stefan Sanchez & Alan Brown: Stefan and Alan’s talk is titled “Benefits and better business case”. Large projects in the public sector usually have multiple formal approval processes. Stefan and Alex describe how and when using the better business case approach should be used and the crucial role of benefits. They both have in depth knowledge and practical application of this. Stefan and Alex are both director of Value People Ltd.

Mike Ward & Richard Peel: Mike and Richard’s talk is titled “Improving benefits management at Sellafield”. Over the last few years Sellafield Ltd has been on a journey to improve its maturity in programme management and to achieve its overall site objective “excellence in programme and project management”. This talk provides an insight into the key elements of the journey and some of the techniques and principles applied.

Mike Ward is the head of portfolio and programme management capability at Sellafield. Richard Peel is a programme management consultant for the Sellafield improvement programme.

Bridget Jackson: Bridget’s talk is entitled “Over optimist in government projects”. Optimism bias in public sector projects is not an new phenomenon, but it is one that persists frequently, undermining projects value for money.

Steve Messenger: In this interactive workshop, Steve explores how Agile can help to deliver benefits incrementally whilst maintaining control and ensuring benefits realisation. This talk also inlcudes audience participation with real examples and opinions form audience members.

Steve is the current Chairman of the DSDM Consortium, a role which entails setting the strategy for DSDM and leading the DSDM Board of Directors. From his experience, Steve provides training and consultancy to large organisations and has been asked to speak at a number of conferences in Europe and the USA.

Benedict Pinches: This workshop presents the findings of research to investigate evidence presented in existing scholarly literature on the success of ICT and other investments in realising the benefits expected at the start of a project. Benedict will also highlight the potential obstacles for benefits realisation.

Benedict Pinches is the managing director and founder of the Oxford Major Programmes; a company dedicated to revolutionising the management of major projects and programmes.

Matt Williams: Matt argues that projects and programmes need to sit within an investment portfolio aligned with organisational goals and objectives if business value is to be created and benefits realised.

Matt Williams is the managing director of Connexion Systems, a provider of innovative services and systems that enable project organisations to maximise business value generated from portfolios of capital investments.

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

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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

 

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.

APM IC online and exam online

APM IC online course and exam for £125

Study online for APM IC Introductory Certificate with online exam for only £125!

Get a fundamental awareness of project management terminology and contribute to project success with the on demand APM IC online Introductory Certificate solution.

Take the APM IC online course and exam anywhere and at any time using the excellent training materials on The PM Channel and the new APM IC online exam.

The price of £125+VAT represents a huge saving of 30% on the current price. But hurry because our offer only lasts until the end of August 2013.

Candidates will have access to the full APM IC online course materials for 12 months on The PM Channel.

Click here to discover the APM IC online modules on The PM Channel

Candidates will be able to complete the online examination by utilising remote live proctoring from 1 October:

• Candidates can choose time and place for exam (24/7, 360 days a year)
• Secure delivery with locked browser, invigilating throughout and immediate indication of result
• Verified exam result and electronic certificate within 3 working days

 Having sat the APM IC exam at the beginning of the year, and then test ran the APM IC online exam in July, I am delighted to say that this convenient, flexible approach really is the future for e-learning. Although it is still administered under strict exam conditions, it does seem to take most worry and stress out of the equation. The best part is most definitely not having to wait a few weeks before you receive your results as they appear instantly!

APMP – Useful information

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APMP Certificate is based on the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge and covers the syllabus for the APMP examination. It is designed to improve the skills of project management staff to enable them, through good project management practice, to make sound business decisions and thereby manage their projects to a successful conclusion. APMP will provide the delegate with an internationally recognised qualification (IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7).

Who should attend?

Project Managers who have not had formal best-practice project management training.
Prospective work package managers, project managers or other key project personnel looking to
develop their project management career skills.
Project Managers wishing to attain a formal, and widely recognised, project management qualification.

Pre-requisites:

Good project management basic skills or attendance on the APM Introductory Certificate course plus ideally a minimum of 6 months actual experience of working on a project. We recommend delegates take the free online PMA5 lite assessment to help assess readiness and suitability for the APMP Certificate course and exam. This assessment identifies the delegate’s existing knowledge and experience and recommends the appropriate level of training required.

Course objectives:

Delegates will be able to:
Appreciate business processes and lifecycle models for projects and project management.
Use critical path analysis techniques and manage resource conflicts.
Contribute to the development of the business case.
Select and apply appropriate project monitoring and control methods.
Use a systematic approach to analysing and planning a project.
Consider and apply appropriate conflict management and negotiating techniques.
Appreciate the project context and actively manage the project stakeholders.
Apply work breakdown structures and map responsibilities.
Appreciate the context and relevance of project change control processes.
Recognise the importance of developing effective leadership skills and communication techniques.
Prepare for the APMP examination.

The APMP course covers 37 topic of 52 of the Body of Knowledge (APM BoK). 50 – 60 hours of study are required to prepare this exam.

The exam comprises answering 10 questions from 16 in three hours with a pass mark of 55%.

For current PRINCE2® Registered Practitioners a two hour paper that recognises prior learning. In this paper candidates must answer 6 from 10 questions derived from just 25 topics.

Free videos available on The PM Channel to help you:

Watch Mike Warren giving you an overview of the APMP examination and the types of questions asked in the 3 hour written paper here.

APMP course available on The PM Channel for £149/year. Course content available:

Portfolio and programme management concepts
The project context and stakeholder management
The project lifecycle and business processes
Developing a business case, investment appraisal techniques
Risk management
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Scope management and breakdown structures
Time and resource scheduling
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Change control and configuration management
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Conflict and negotiating skills
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PRINCE2 or APM?

PRINCE2 or APM? How do I choose

Introduction

Projects rely on teams of individuals to deliver change. These teams need a combination of both the skills to do the work and a structured method or framework within which the work can be done. Without both of these in place a project is likely to fail to achieve its objectives. Collectively, APM and PRINCE2 provide both of these essential elements.

This document explains how they do this and provides guidance to those deciding which path to go down. It is important to stress that the APM BoK and PRINCE2 approaches are complimentary and not competitive.

What is PRINCE2?

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based method for effective project management. It is a de facto standard used extensively by the UK Government and is also widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally.

The PRINCE2 method provides its users with a structured project lifecycle and appropriate management ‘gates’ to facilitate control which support good governance. The processes detail what activities need to be done at each stage of the lifecycle together with the roles and responsibilities of the team.

The method focuses on the project having a continuous business justification, a defined organisation structure for the project management team and a product-based planning approach. Knowledge of the PRINCE2 method is tested by examination at two different levels.

It is important to understand that the PRINCE2 method is not a ‘one size fits all’. Success in implementing it is highly dependent on how it is tailored for different size projects and the nature of the organisation.

What is APM BoK?

The Association for Project Management (APM) does not provide or advocate a particular method, but rather it is a framework within which projects should be run. The APM Body of Knowledge identifies the key areas of knowledge that those working in projects need to know and apply. The APM Body of Knowledge is promoted through qualifications, accredited training, research, publications and events. These key areas of knowledge are tested by examination at four levels.

Factors to consider in deciding which is most appropriate for my organisation. Do you have the essential knowledge and skills to undertake projects? Look to objectively assess or benchmark your project managers to determine their project management overall competence. If this shows that knowledge and skills are in need of development, then consider APM first.

Are you introducing a new project management method or a major overhaul of your existing method? If so, consider PRINCE2, but look to apply PRINCE2 in a tailored and appropriate way to suit your organisation. Also do think about PRINCE2 method education for project staff levels above and below project managers in order to maximise your success in implementing the method.

Do you have a project management method, but wish to improve the project management understanding of your people and perhaps refine and improve the method in places? Because APM BoK provides both the key principles and a broad understanding of project management, it can help cement the importance of applying a project management method, and is not limited to deployment of a specific method. Hence, APM BoK should be considered as the first approach for such a situation.

Do you lack the skills and the project management method? If so, then consider a combination of APM BoK to embed an overall framework and project management principles, followed by a tailored and appropriately sized application of PRINCE2 to provide the detailed method for project teams to follow.

How does APM differ from PRINCE2?

APM and PRINCE2 are not competing methods of project management. APM training and qualifications are designed to ensure that individuals and teams have the appropriate generic knowledge and understanding in the key areas and principles of project management. APM training is appropriate for anyone involved in project management. It provides the foundation for using project management methods such as PRINCE2.

PRINCE2 provides users with a structured process driven methodology suitable for any organisation undertaking projects. PRINCE2 related training is most suitable to those either using (or about to use) the PRINCE2 method or one that is based on PRINCE2. It will also benefit those who do not work in a PRINCE2 environment as its general principles and emphasis on structure and deliverables will facilitate best practice.

Advantages and disadvantages:

The advantages and disadvantages of deploying APM’s framework or PRINCE2 as a method will depend on the specific situation within each individual organisation. However, there are some general advantages and disadvantages that an organisation should be aware of before selecting their own approach.

PRINCE2 – Advantages: It is an internationally recognised best practice method. It is free to use and is supported by the APM Group Ltd. The training is accredited and provides qualifications to individuals at two levels. It supports governance. It can be used in any organisation for any size of project. As a standard method it can be rolled out across an organisation to provide a common language and support consistency.

PRINCE2 – Disadvantages: It is often seen as bureaucratic if not understood and applied appropriately. In addition, like any method, it can take time and effort to roll it out across an entire organisation. The language can be off putting for those unfamiliar with project management methods. The ‘soft skills’ of project management such as stakeholder management and conflict management are not covered within PRINCE2.

APM BoK – Advantages: It is internationally recognised through its alignment to IPMA and provides accredited qualifications. It is generic and does not rely on one particular method. It provides knowledge and understanding in a wide range of topics for anyone working in a project environment. APM also recognises important ‘soft skills’ and covers topics such as stakeholder and communications management, negotiation, conflict management and teamwork. APM framework and principles can be applied to organisations with an existing project management method.

APM BoK – Disadvantages: The APM BoK and the exam syllabuses cover a wide range of topics. The emphasis is on breadth rather than on depth. APM does not provide a specific method with ready to use templates.

Qualifications

There are two levels of PRINCE2 accreditation available for individuals: Foundation and Practitioner. The Foundation qualification is the first of two qualifications required to become a PRINCE2 Practitioner.

The Foundation exam aims to measure whether a candidate can act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 methodology within a project environment supporting PRINCE2.

The Practitioner is the second of the two PRINCE2 examinations you are required to pass to become a PRINCE2 Practitioner. This PRINCE2 examination is aiming to measure whether a candidate would be able to apply PRINCE2 to the running and managing of a project within an environment supporting PRINCE2. To this end they need to exhibit the competence required for the Foundation qualification, and show that they can apply and tune PRINCE2 to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario.

APM Introductory Certificate – is for anyone looking to understand the basic principles of project management. APMP Certificate – is a knowledge based qualification. Successful candidates are able to participate in projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects. APMP is a qualification recognised both nationally and internationally that successful candidates can carry from one job to another or from one industry to another. APMP Certificate is aligned to the IPMA (International Project Management Association) as a level D qualification. APMP does not require candidates to have first taken the Introductory Certificate.

APM Practitioner Qualification – is an assessment based event not a course, and is designed to test the ability of a practising project manager to manage a project against thirty criteria. It is the only qualification based project management assessment of its kind available in the UK. APM PQ is also an IPMA level C qualification. It is preferable, but not a pre-requisite, for candidates to have first taken the APMP certificate.

For senior project managers, there is also APM Certificated Project Manager (IPMA level B) which is a prestigious qualification with an extensive demonstrable track record of project success being required.

The Association for Project Management (APM) is the largest independent professional body of its kind in Europe with over 16,500 individual and 500 corporate members throughout the UK and abroad. Their aim is to develop and promote project management across all sectors of industry. At the heart of APM is the APM Body of Knowledge; fifty-two knowledge areas required to manage any successful project. The APM is currently seeking a Royal Charter to have project management recognised as a profession (2009).

The PM Channel offers you the possiblility to Study APM Introductory Certificate for £49/year and PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner, APMP for £149/year. You also get access to remote tutor support and exam readiness tests.

Studying for APM Introductory Certificate on The PM Channel

The APM Introductory Certificate gives you broad knowledge of project management focused on the definition of key terms.

If you are interested in a self study distance learning course, the on demand video project management training solution on The PM Channel for the APM Introductory Certificate is worthwhile considering.

This comprises 18 modules covering the full syllabus and also has a number of exercises with model solutions and practise examination questions with answers.   The total study time is recommended at between 10 and 15 hours.

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To see what it is like, you can try a couple of the modules out for free.  Information about the examination, including practise questions are available as well as one module on Project Lifecyles and Project Reviews.

The APM Introductory certificate is available on the Introductory Certificate for £49/ year.