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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!

Eddie Obeng video

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.

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!

Alan Barnard – Campaign it!

Campaign it!“My name is Alan Barnard…

…and I’m a campaigner

…and I make change happen

…and I’m a Project Manager.”

Alan is a world class communication strategist with a vast experience in devising and executing successful landmark campaigns. He had a major impact during his ten years working for the Labour Party, firstly through innovative local campaigning and fundraising and then ahead of the 1997 election directing and sequencing campaign activities in the constituencies Labour needed to win to form a government.

Known for his campaigning in the run up to the successful 1997 Labour election, Alan later moved on to become Head of Campaigns and Research at The Football Association, where he developed its real first plans for modernisation including opinion research to the FA, insights from which included paving the way for the FA to appoint England’s first overseas manager – Sven Goran Eriksson. His quantitative poll, ‘The Football Universe Study’, was the FA’s first ever measurement of the ways in which people in England interacted with football.

Alan has recently co-authored the ground-breaking book ‘Campaign It!’, published by Kogan Page that explains the basics of campaigning, the power of cause and shows how campaigning techniques, attitudes, philosophies and principles can be applied to achieving any outcome.

In this talk Alan Barnard talks us through his ideas around the way you can apply lessons learned from political campaigning communication and stakeholder management in complex projects.

Alan Barnard“Change is a really emotional thing for human beings” In his discussion about the human love of the status quo Alan discusses the opposition this creates for Projects and the importance of managing communications with stakeholders to minimise potential problems.

Alan uses political campaigning as the best example of a campaign that aims to change attitudes, emotional responses and beliefs. Political opinions are often fixed and convincing people to believe in a political party or policy can be challenging but similar to the way Project Managers need to gain buy in from stakeholders.

Alan says the way to do this is a ‘Campaign of Communications’ which he defines as “a planned sequence of communications that makes use of all appropriate channels to achieve defined outcomes in a specific time-frame by influencing the decision-makers who will allow success” but he also describes this as “Story telling with a purpose”.

Story-telling is incredibly important to human beings, Alan references cave paintings, the oral tradition and crime novels to show how inherent stories are to the way we live our lives. As an example of a story gone wrong he uses the HS2 story, a high speed rail that cuts 15 minutes off the journey between London and Birmingham that is costing 50 billion pounds. According to Alan this story shows a misunderstanding of what the average consumer will want to hear about this project, 50 billion seems like a lot of money to cut 15 minutes off a journey. Alan claims that increased capacity is in fact the story they needed and by launching into the project without a considered and fully formed communication plan that takes into consideration the audience’s needs.

Alan says some interesting things about belief and how integral it is to a successful project, communications are there to change mindsets.

To look at Alan’s website and to find out more about Campaign it! follow this link.