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Women in Project management – The PM Channel videos now online!



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 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.

eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance – videos available


The eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance took place on 15th June at The Armourer’s Hall in Moorgate, London. An impressive venue, the conference was held over two days and was extremely informative and engaging.

The conference was focused on the subject of earned value management, with an earned value management masterclass available all day with Steve Wake – “someone who knows his stuff”.

The PM Channel were welcomed as a sponsor and media partner to record the talks which are now available at

With an impressive line up of speakers, we have the below talk by Sir John Bourn available for FREE!

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Sir John Bourn speaking at the eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance conference

Sir John Bourn: Sir John gives his opening key note – “Magna Carta and Project Management”. Sir John, KCB is a former Comptroller and Auditor of the United Kingdom. John is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and and Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Governance Research and Education. [FGRE] A Charitable Trust dedicated to thought leadership and best practice in governance.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence: Tim addresses the eVa20 conference on how to improve the initiation and delivery of major projects. Sir Tim is a retired British naval officer and chair of the MPA (Major projects association).

Peter Morris: Peter argues that “value is what projects should be creating for their sponsors. Earning is getting properly rewarded for doing so. Analysis is trying to think this through”.

Peter Morris is Professor of Construction and Project Management at UCL (University College London). Peter has also been in the forefront of developing richer, enlarged views of what disciplines should be doing for many years.

Tim Banfield: Tim’s talk is titled “Growing project delivery capability in government”. Tim is Director of strategy at the MPA (Major projects authority). He has a critical leadership role in developing the project delivery profession in government, including the development and advancement of the major projects leadership academy. an ideal speaker for this talk!

David Bennett: David presents his case study from completion of 12 months as project director for the Red Line of the Doha metro. He is Vice President of PMCM and Rail Industry and Jacobs Engineering leading programme and construction management business.

Stephen Carver: Stephen looks at some of the key anniversaries that we are celebrating in 2015 and links them back historically into key aspects of projects. He is a sought after speaker with a unique story-telling style and demonstrates how to help ourselves and develop our own skills. With much of his working life being spent in real business, his attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it”.

Merron Simpson: Merron’s talk is titled “Validating strategies…a Magna Carta for the 21st century?” She gives an insight into linked projects and results to uses, and benefits.

Merron is founding director of New Realities Limited and is the UK’s Lead on open strategies and a certified facilitator/practitioner. Merron uses open strategies with organisations to improve their strategic planning, undertake service review and demonstrate their social impact.

Louise Hardy: Louise’s talk is about organisation, culture and diversity – how do these critical people related aspects shape and influence the delivery of projects and programmes? Louise explores the range of issues presented by ‘OCD’ for influencing projects and business and how these impact upon successful outcomes.

Louise Hardy, BSc CEng FICE CMgr FCMI is a programme manager whose most notable role was as infrastructure director for the delivery partner to the ODA for the design and construction of the Olympic Games.

Dr Hakur Jonasson & Dr Helgi Ingasson: This presentation details some core concepts of project ethics, and the basic idea behind the Project Ethics Tool (PET) is explained. This talk also includes a brief overview of creation of the IPMA code of ethics.

Dr. Haukur Jonasson heads the MPM (Master in Project Management) programme at the University of Reykjavik, Iceland. Dr. Helgi Ingasson is the professor at the school of science and engineering at the same university.

Elizabeth Harrin: Elizabeth explains imposter syndrome and how it is a convenient label for the self doubt we feel from time to time. Elizabeth shares her personal battle with imposter syndrome and explains how to identify it, overcome it and offers practical ideas to help you become more confident.

Elizabeth Harrin, MA, FAPM, MBCS, is director of Otobus consultants Ltd. She is a PRINCE2, MSP and P30 practitioner and holds the ITIL foundation certificate, she is also the award-winning blogger behind ‘A Girls Guide to Project Management’  aimed at helping project managers communicate more effectively.

Paul Kidston & Simon Taylor: Paul and Simon discuss how better planning makes better projects.

Paul Kidston is the head of project control for Taylor Woodrow, civil engineering division of Vinci Construction, part of the largest construction and concession groups in the world. Working into the role of project management, Paul introduced, then, the relatively unknown technique of earned value analysis. At the same time he started to attend and then regularly became a speaker at EVA events.

Simon Taylor is head of planning at HS2 Ltd and has also worked for Transport for London.

Bruno Kahne: Bruno discusses how deaf people have over developed specific behaviours which help them to communicate faster than those that can hear, and with much more precision. What are these behaviours which allow them to have a more simple, precise and rapid communication?

Dr. Bruno Paul Kahne is the author of “Deaf-Tips, powerful communication.” Bruno leads a team of consultants, trainers, facilitators and coaches who are experts in human performance.

Bruno’s current role is a ‘Head of Disruptive Innovation,’ at Airbus Group Leadership University.  He has managed projects and trained in many parts of the world: Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA, to list only a few.

Mia Nordberg: Mia explores howe evolution of technology has changed the way you work with others on projects. Have trends of these new advancements improved your productivity, as well as your teams, or have they created new challenges?

Mia Nordborg is Director of the Customer Experience for Projectplace at Planview. Projectplace creates collaborative tools that enable people and organisations to reach their goals.

Dr Sylvana Storey: Sylvana discusses focusing on the behaviours required of leaders to facilitate a change towards inclusive cultures in their organisations. Also presenting LEAD3 , a leading analytical tool for integrated change management.

Sylvana is an organisational change management consultant and a business psychologist. She is the managing director of global organisational integrators and advises organisations. Sylvana is also a guest lecturer for several business schools.

Robin Yeman: One of the mistakes project teams make is the assumption that agile is only utilized for software development. Robin outlines how to set up an integrated performance management baseline for agile programs.

Robin is the agile transformation lead for Lockhead Martin where she has spent 22 years. She holds many certificates to her name including PMI-ACP (program management agile professional), and in the last 13 years has worked in a number of varied roles.

Jake Holloway: Jake shares some of his experiences as a survivor of a hundred or so IT and business projects. This talk is loosely based around his upcoming book, “A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders”, he introduces some of the characters that populate real organisations.

Jake Holloway is the Client Director for Xceed Group, specialising in IT transformations, migrations and change.

Simon Springate: Simon discusses how every board needs programme management expertise.

Simon is head of project controls Europe at CH2M. He has over 35 years experience in project controls after specialising in project planning. Throughout his career he has supported the development of the project profession through active membership of the APM and their special interest groups.

Jonathan Crone: Jonathan discuss the HS2 design vision. Developed with the input of leading UK designers, it aims to ensure that all aspects of HS2 will add up to create one transformational experience and that design is used effectively to achieve the ambitious social, economic and environmental goals for the nation. There are three major themes in the HS2 design vision on people, place and time. The full vision can be found on the HS2: high speed rail site.

Jonathan is the Director of the programme management office for HS2 and has over 30 years experience in project delivery. Jon has held project-focussed and functional roles on major projects in the UK and overseas, including major airports.

Julia Forte & Donna Anderson: This presentation takes a brief look at some of the key events that have led to the clinical trial governance (good clinical practice) that we see in place today, ensuring protection of the rights, well-being and health of patients involved. This is in reflection following the WW2 Nuremberg Trials and the use of Thalidomide in the 1950’s.

Julia Forte is the associate director of project management at Quintiles and Donna Anderson is the director of project management.

Eddie Obeng: Eddie displays a memorable aperitif to round off the EVA20 banquet. Eddie leads the audience on an engaging quest for the project management holy grail of success.

Professor Obeng is a British educator who is recognised for his success as a motivational speaker, innovator and author. Eddie has established QUBE, the worlds best 3D learning environment and is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School. He is also a contributor to the ever popular and informative TED talks.

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

ITER: Fusing the project world – videos available


The ITER: Fusing the project world project management conference took place on Friday 4th September near Marseille, France. This conference was run by project management practitioner Steve Wake for project management practitioners and stakeholders.

The ITER: Fusing the project world conference promised to provide a truly global perspective of what can be achieved when the world’s greatest minds work together to achieve a razor-sharp shared goal.

Steve Wake says “The lessons learned at ITER will change the way that delegates look at projects, period.”

The PM Channel were present at the ITER: Fusing the project world conference, are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talks whenever you want wherever you want.

We have the below talk by speaker Simon Addyman available for FREE!

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Simon Addyman speaking at ITER: Fusing the project world

Simon Addyman: Simon’s talk is called “Routines for success: organising for innovation and collaboration”.

Simon Addyman started his career in property refurbishment before moving overseas to work on a major school building programme for the World Bank in The Gambia, West Africa.

Before returning full time to the UK, Simon gained a distinction in his MSc in Construction Project Management from Heriot-Watt University. He joined London Underground in late 2000 and continues his professional development, becoming an APM Certificated Project Manager in 2008 and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at University College London.

Simon has spent his career in London underground (LU), from assistant project manager to programme manager, working on station infrastructure projects. He is currently the project manager for the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade project. The project has successfully implemented LU’s novel Innovative Contractor Engagement procurement route for which Simon was awarded Project Professional of the Year at the APM Awards 2013.

 Bernard Bigot: Bernard welcomes the audience to the conference and discusses ITER. Bernard has been closely associated with ITER since France’s bid to host the project in 2003. Following the ITER site decision in 2005, the signature of the ITER Agreement in 2006 and its ratification by all Members in 2007, Mr Bigot was delegated by the French government to act as High Representative for the implementation of ITER in France, a position that he has occupied since 2008.

Bernard is a Commandeur in the French Order of the Legion of Honour, a Commandeur in the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star, and an Officer the French Order of the National Merit. In October 2014 he received the Gold and Silver Star in the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun.

Steven Cowley: Steven’s talk is entitled “The wonder of fusion”. Professor Steven Cowley became Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Laboratory in September 2008 and Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD. from Princeton University.

His main research interest is in realising fusion power. He has also published over 150 papers on: the origin of magnetic fields in the universe, the theory of plasma turbulence and explosive behaviour in both laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.  Professor Cowley co-chaired the US National Academy’s decadal assessment of, and outlook for plasma science.

 Peter Morris: Peter’s talk is titled, “Addressing the challenge of climate change: The power of portfolio, program and project management”. Peter was Head of The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, at the University College London until August 2012 and is widely respected as one of the leading thinkers in project management. During this period the School tripled in size and was rated top in its Unit of Assessment for its research. From 1996 to 2009 Peter was also Executive Director of INDECO, a consultancy specializing in the management of projects.

Peter was Chairman of the Association for Project Management (APM) from 1993 to 1996 and Deputy Chairman of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) from 1995 to 1997. He received the Project Management Institute’s 2005 Research Achievement Award, IPMA’s 2009 Research Award and APM’s 2008 Sir Monty Finniston Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harley Lovegrove: Harleys talk is titled “Managing change”. Harley is the Chairman and one of the founding Partners of The Bayard Partnership.

Harley set up his first business when he was 21 and has over the years built a proven track record working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors from apparel to petrochemical and from telecommunications to transport. His biggest claim to fame in the scientific arena was in his role as COO of Eonic Systems, the innovative software company that designed and built the ‘Virtuoso’ real-time operating system for the Rosetta space probe and Philae lander; its minute but scalable microkernel architecture enabled it to run on radiation tolerant processors with the absolute minimum amount of resources.

Harley is also the author of four books; Making a Difference, Inspirational Leadership, Transition (and most recently) The Change Manager’s Handbook which was launched in the Science Museum in London earlier this year.

 Benita Cegarra: Benita’s talk is called “Dealing with difficult stakeholders”. Benita’s presentation will cover the thorny topic of managing difficult stakeholders with the sub-title “Pride, Prejudice and People”, as it is the recognition that people are the key factor in determining whether a project or programme will succeed. Benita will share her thoughts on getting people to commit to change, overcoming resistance and actually finding that you have a lot of support from areas where you don’t expect it.

Benita is a practical and pragmatic business trouble shooter with 20 years of experience working from board level to front-line operations in the areas of sales, customer services, supply chain and operational management. A superb communicator, Benita has successfully facilitated and implemented major change across the globe.

Transformation Directors hire Benita because she enables them to deliver their objectives quickly and team members enjoy working with her because she makes the complex appear simple, thus enabling on-time delivery of great bottom-line results.

Stephen Carver: Stephen’s talk is titled “Creating vision with stories”. Steven is a lecturer of Project & Programme Management and Crisis Communications on the Full-Time and Executive MBA at Cranfield University.

Prior to Cranfield University, Stephen worked on projects for the oil business before moving on to work at Virgin. From there he went on to work directly for a global CEO as Head of Project & Programme Management Strategy. Steven is an Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Risk Management and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

 Roberto Saban: Roberto’s talk is called “Project Management at the LHC:  a 20 year journey”. Roberto is the Head of Engineering at CERN. He graduated with a degree in informatics from Pisa University and went on to earn a Master’s degree at Edinburgh University.

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

APMP – What’s it all about?

So, what is APMP really all about?

Is this you when you hear the acronym APMP? If so, keep on reading to find out what it’s all about!

 The formal definition on the APM website is:

‘APMP is the flagship qualification of the Association for Project Management. Tens of thousands of project managers have chosen to obtain the internationally recognised International Project Management Association Level D certification’. 

Still confused? Here’s a much simpler one:

APMP is aimed at those wishing to achieve an extensive level of project management knowledge, sufficient to incorporate into projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects. Installing transferable skills form one job to to another. Applicants typically have some pre-existing project management knowledge, although it is not essential.

APMP allows individuals to demonstrate their knowledge of all the components that come under project management. The APMP also allows for individuals to show their understanding of how these components then interact together and how any future projects they undertake can fit into their strategic and commercial environment.  The APMP is both a nationally and internationally recognised qualification. As it is such a diverse qualification, it can be carried from one job to another – and even more so, from one industry to another.

So hopefully now, when someone asks you about APMP, you should look more like this

If you would like to know even more about APMP, or even if you think this might be a qualification that could be for you, have a look at the following helpful websites:

The PM Channel –

Provek Ltd –

APM Website –

Project Controls Expo 2014

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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


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

Thomas Juli – Project Management and Zen

Zen and the art of time management



Does time control you or do you control it? Is there never enough time and do some people have more of it than others? Will life be past before you have realised how to use time to balance your working life and your ‘free’ life.

At the recent PMI UK Chapter Synergy 2012 conference Dr Thomas Juli, laid out 10 pointers from the school of Zen that can help you achieve balance in your life and in your projects.

The first point was to do with identity. Knowing who you are is vital in a world where many feel a cog in a very large gearbox.  Having an identity in your private world will help you stand in your public world, in your project and in your organization. It will help you prioritise when managing time. Knowing who you are will help you know what is important to you. In addition, knowing what your strengths are and accepting yourself will give you the confidence to survive in a world (and potentially a project) full of conflict.

His second point was about having vision. This is not about project objectives but the vision that provides the real underlying motivation for what you are doing. He challenged his audience by asking if they had an MVP? M for motivation – do you know why this is being done? V for vision – do you know what the ideal solution will look like? P for project – do you know how the vision will be delivered? He encouraged the use of the 5 ‘whys?’ Asking the question ‘why’ until the answer is revealed. Understanding this will again help with prioritising and managing time effectively.

His third point concerned simplicity. As a key Zen principle, it is important not to make things too ‘simple’ but also not to make them over complex. Try explaining the vision, the project and the task in ways that an ‘outsider’ can grasp. Managing time is integral with understanding what is to achieved.

An important fourth point was the important of having a timeline or a plan. The wise man sees the mountain he wants to climb but knows he needs a pathway and provisions to get to the top. The wise man also knows that most deaths on the mountain occur on the way down and needs to plan the way back as well. Time is relative and must be used wisely. Plan in personal time, team time, review time or it will not happen. Managing time is about managing all aspects of life.

He also covered elements that can help in managing time such as overcoming angst, hierarchy versus individualism and motivation. These principles can underpin behavior and change practice for the better and ultimately lead to more successful projects, better team work and happier individuals.

Found this talk and more keynote speakers presentation on The PM Channel to sharpen your project management skills. Available on the Development Package for £149/year.