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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.

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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.

Graham Court with Graeme McNaught – Defending business performance by deploying earned value counter measures

Graham Court has held executive positions in Planning, Supply Chain, Project Management, IT, Finance and manufacturing in a range of industries including defence electronics, shipbuilding, commercial aircraft production, computer manufacture, and has consulted on Lean and MRP in a number of process and discrete manufacturing businesses.

Graeme has a background in electronic systems design and manufacture, technology sales, project management and project services. He has operated across many market sectors, including defence, aerospace, manufacturing, medical and nuclear.

Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. The company provides C4ISTAR systems (Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance), integrated products and solutions for airborne, land and naval applications delivering mission critical systems for situational awareness, self-protection and surveillance based on proprietary radar and electro-optic sensors, avionics, electronic warfare, communication, space sensors and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) solutions. From the design, development and production of state-of-the-art equipment, software and systems to through life support, Selex ES partners with its customers to deliver the information superiority required to act decisively, complete missions and maintain security and protection for operational effectiveness.

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

Lee McDonagh – The LOCOG vision for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games

The LOCOG vision for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was to ‘inspire a generation’. This was interpreted into a vision by the ODA ‘to deliver an Olympic Park and all the venues on time, within an agreed budget and to specification, minimising the call on public funds and providing for a sustainable legacy’. Now working on the Legacy project transforming the Olympic Park into Queen Elizabeth Park, Lee McDonagh, Associate Director at Mace looks at how Mace is carrying this vision forward, the impact to the project is having on Stratford and East London as well as how the project has challenged and changed the perceptions of UK construction industry; its ability to deliver, successfully, large scale international infrastructure projects.

Lee has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry working on projects as diverse as the widening of the M25, the construction of a Jubilee Line station, the extension of an airport terminal and the delivery on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. His responsibilities has included roles as a site engineer, structural engineer and planner and he is currently leading the project controls team for the London Legacy Development Committee where Mace is leading the legacy transformation of the Olympic Park into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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

Hugo Minney – What’s in it for me? Benefits realisation management and staff motivation

The APM Holy Grail is that all projects succeed. In the context of benefits management and benefits realisation management, this means that all planned change contributes to the success of the organisation.

Benefits Management is the framework for managing and monitoring, but to actually drive success, we need the engagement and enthusiasm of motivated employees. So how can you get this, without spending more money?

We’ll discuss the present and future of Benefits Management, especially as it relates to staff motivation.

Dr Hugo Minney is a consultant with expertise in Business Intelligence and Business Transformation and with extensive experience across a number of industries including IT Services, Utilities, and UK Healthcare. He’s worked in Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, NHS Modernisation Agency, Improvement Academy for Health and Social Care, and the Information Centre for health and social care. Hugo is a fully accredited SROI consultant and a GP Practice manager within a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as well as his own business consulting into organisations.

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

Cath Convery – Facilitation, the glue that is needed for management and project success

Organizations are having to change to keep pace with the economic conditions of a global market. Cath’s presentation focuses on the skill of facilitation, something that is taking greater prominence in change programmes but also in other areas of business. Whether it is a meeting (big or small) or a training session someone has to focus on the shape of the day and the collection tools that will be in place. Facilitation is becoming the skill that is the glue between project management and the extraction of data to resolve “wicked” problems.

Cath is an experienced Education Technologist who works predominantly in the Defence Sector. As an Education Technologist Cath is frequently brought in to projects as a project, programme or change lead and for the last 2 years has been a routine facilitator with the Niteworks Partnership a unique MOD/Defence Sector collaboration which assists the MOD with decision support. A highly effective training and development adviser who champions innovation and customer needs in providing services across the full range of media.

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

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!