Learning & Professional Development

MM_0013Delivered by leading trainers, coaches and professional development specialists this Zone will focus on the various opportunities and training initiatives available to PM professionals to enable them to advance their careers.

All attendees are eligible to attend these FREE presentation sessions which will be delivered from open zones within the exhibition hall.



A smörgåsbord is a type of Scandinavian meal, originating in Sweden, served buffet-style with multiple hot and cold dishes of various foods on a table.  You don’t have to eat it all, and you don’t have to take every option, you just take the most nutritious and delicious pieces that will satisfy your taste.

Similarly, you may not need the plethora of project management approaches that are available to satisfy your project appetite.  Perhaps you would benefit from a small piece of each.

This presentation will look at how methods and approaches from APMG, AXELOS, APM and PMI work together.  From Portfolio to Programme, Project to Agile, Risk to Change – bring your plate for an informative overview.

All attendees can register for free Introduction e-learning for PRINCE2, MSP, APM, PRINCE2 Agile, AgilePM and ITIL.

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Paul is Managing Director of SPOCE – the World’s first PRINCE2 accredited training organisation.  Paul has been a PRINCE2 approved trainer for over 15 years, and has worked with hundreds of organisations in developing and implementing best practice project and programme management.

Paul is also the Chairman and co-founder of ASPECT, which is the association for promoting excellence in consultancy and training.  Over 30 accredited training organisations commit to a charter to provide the very best standards in the delivery of their services.  Full details of this are available on www.accredited.org.uk.  Initiatives such as this are really only achievable by Paul’s reputation and relationships with clients, partners and competitors alike.

Deciding on what learning is needed to build sustainable capacity and competence in Agile can be anything but, well, Agile! This presentation introduces a brand new Agile competence framework developed exclusively by QA agile subject matter experts.

This session will describe the composition of the Agile competence framework, and then discuss some of the practical challenges of using it to ensure a robust set of information to base learning and resource management decisions on

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Phil has been involved in software development, consultancy and training for almost 30 years. With a passion for helping others to learn, Phil has designed and delivered training programmes across many sectors including financial, manufacturing, engineering and service. Since May 2016, Phil has led the Agile practice at QA. In this role, he is responsible for developing the curriculum and the team who deliver it. He also authors new content and acts as a Product Owner for other authors. Agile teams are rarely effective unless the organisation has an Agile friendly culture Phil and his team engage with senior stakeholders to help develop an Agile culture and an understanding of Agile practices at all levels across the organisation. This can then be followed by role specific training and coaching. Phil regularly works with agile teams, helping them to implement Scrum, Kanban and other complementary practices such as Test Driven Development – TDD. He also works with Project managers to help them manage their projects in a more Agile way. His latest project is to lead the development of a unique Agile Project Management Competency framework. This tool will be used to help clients establish the competencies of their Agile project managers and identify training and support to fill any gaps.

High profile individual investors and entrepreneurs are increasingly the drivers of business and societal change.  What happens when they find efficiency that existing market participants can’t?  Should we simply accept that some large corporate organizations and government institutions are destined to fail?  Or can very large organisations change quickly enough and positively enough to survive the next 5 to 15 years?

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Learn the basics from an expert. Written for anyone new to projects or wishing to progress their career as a project professional, Starting Out in Project Management is the perfect companion for any aspiring project manager keen to make their mark on this exciting and rewarding profession.

The authors chart the journey of the APM project life cycle, from concept through to delivery and handover, covering all the fundamental features of project management.

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Dr Ruth Murray-Webster is an experienced consultant and practitioner in the areas of risk and organisational change. She works part-time as Group Head of Risk for Associated British Ports and in the remainder of her time supports a wide range of clients with specific risk and change related challenges through her consultancy, Potentiality UK.
Ruth has 30 years of experience in a series of roles to enable organisations in most sectors to deliver change objectives.
Along this journey, Ruth researched organisational change from the perspective of the recipients of change for an Executive Doctorate at Cranfield School of Management. Ruth’s parallel interest in risk management arose from a passion to help organisations to take educated risks, not avoid them. She has co-authored four books on the people aspects of risk management with David Hillson (Understanding and Managing Risk Attitude, 2007; Managing Group Risk Attitude, 2008; A Short Guide to Risk Appetite, 2012), and Penny Pullan (A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management, 2011) and more recently two book chapters for Kogan Page specifically on the subject of risk and organisational change. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Association for Project Management in 2013 for her services to risk and change. The synergies between the two disciplines continue to drive Ruth’s thinking, writing and practice.
Ruth’s is currently working on a number of assignments with clients to help them make sense of disruptive trends / emerging risks. It is important for Ruth that ‘uncertainty that matters’ (Hillson) is seen as either potential opportunities to exploit or potential threats to defend. Helping clients make sense of emerging, perhaps peripheral risks relies on great facilitation, explicit understanding of risk appetite and putting in place processes and skills that see innovation and control as two halves of the same coin.

Peter Simon has worked in project management for over 35 years in most industries and business sectors. He started work as a planning engineer and then became a project services manager. He is a director of Lucidus Consulting Limited and works as a consultant and trainer in all aspects of project and programme management. He also teaches project management at Cranfield School of Management and Aalto University in Finland. Peter has twice served on the APM Board and was previously a chairman of the APM Risk SIG and project manager for APM BoK 5.

Working within a PMO has become a career of choice for many people who prefer playing a role in making portfolios, programmes and projects more successful in an organisation. Over the years we’ve seen so many different types of opportunities and career paths open up for people in PMO and in this session we bring insights into how you can further develop your career in PMO.

The session brings an eclectic mix of PMO career development including;

  • Using self-assessment with the new and forthcoming PMO Competency Framework developed by PMO Flashmob to advance your career
  • How the PMO training and development landscape is changing and what opportunities are there to help develop your career
  • What organisations are looking for in different types and levels of PMO practitioners
  • Top tips on how experienced PMO practitioners stand out and develop their careers professionally.

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Eileen Roden is an experienced PMO practitioner, trainer and consultant and lead author of Best Management Practice for Portfolio, Programmes and Project Offices (P3O) and AIPMO’s PMO Principles.  Working alongside Lindsay, Eileen is a Director of PMO Learning and accomplice at PMO Flashmob.
Lindsay Scott is the founder of PMO Flashmob, The PMO Conference and is a Director at PMO Learning. Lindsay’s previous career includes Director of Arras People, the UK’s project management recruitment specialists and was previously a PMO Manager for Hewlett-Packard in the UK.

In recent years Agile Project Management has become an important part of many organisation’s Agile toolbox. The AgilePM qualification has become the benchmark against which ‘project style’ Agile is measured and is APMG’s fastest growing product.

This presentation will create a clear understanding of how Agile Project Management operates and how it relates to the other well-known frameworks such as Scrum and Kanban.

It will explain when to use it and when NOT to use it. It will look at the key areas you need to get right in order to maximise its potential and it will also identify the main risk areas that can make your life very difficult if you ignore them.

Above all, this presentation will look to explode the many myths surrounding the use of Agile in a project context and you may be very surprised by some of the things you will hear.

In today’s world you MUST know how to run projects that come in ‘on time’ without compromising the quality of what you are delivering.

Why not come along and find out more…?

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Keith is the founder and director of agileKRC a company that has specialised in bringing the benefits of agile and lean to organisations since the late nineties.

Keith has over 30 years’ experience in I.T. and project management. He has been a PRINCE2® trainer is an accredited PRINCE2 practitioner. He is also an accredited DSDM Advanced Practitioner and Trainer and IAF Accredited Facilitator.

He has been the technical director of the DSDM Consortium and lead author for DSDM Atern, a project focussed agile framework, that is now more commonly known as AgilePM®. He also authored the book ‘Agile Project Management: Running PRINCE2 projects with DSDM Atern’ and helped develop ‘Agile Project Management (AgilePM)’, the agile qualification from the APMG.

Keith was awarded the ‘Most Valuable Agile Player’ at the UK Agile Awards was selected by AXELOS to be the lead author for PRINCE2 Agile®.

In 2016, he was selected to be the agile mentor for the update to PRINCE2, one of the world’s most popular project management methodologies

Adrian Dooley is the lead author of the Praxis Framework™, the world’s first free framework that encompasses the management of projects, programmes and portfolios. With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, Adrian has seen many fads come and go with little impact on the overall quality of project management.

This session looks at the simple things that can really make a difference and how you can start these the morning after the presentation.

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Adrian Dooley is the lead author of the Praxis Framework, the world’s first free framework that encompasses the management of projects, programmes and portfolios.

Originally a construction project manager, he became involved in the development of project planning software for PC’s in the 1980’s. In 1984 he set up a training and consultancy company, The Projects Group, and ran that until its sale in 2008. Adrian was a founding member of Project Manager Today Magazine and Project Management Exhibitions Ltd. From 1996 to 2000, he served on the APM Council and during that period was the Head of Professional Development.

A frequent author and commentator on Project Management, Adrian has been published in Professional Engineer, Computer Weekly and The Daily Telegraph amongst others.

With over 40 years’ experience in the industry Adrian is well placed to discuss the evolution of project and programme management and what can really make a difference.

How do you improve your agile skills? Which of the following stages would you put your agile resources at: unconscious incompetence? Conscious incompetence? Conscious competence? Or Unconscious competence? More importantly, how do you come to this conclusion – how do you determine your resources agile competence?

This presentation introduces a brand new Agile competence framework developed exclusively by QA agile subject matter experts. This session will describe the composition of the Agile competence framework, and then discuss some of the practical challenges of using it to ensure a robust set of information to base learning and resource management decisions on.

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Dr Ian Clarkson is Head of Organisational Consultancy at QA. Ian is a highly experienced consultant, author, trainer and speaker in portfolio, programme and project management, as well as a regular columnist for Project Manager Today magazine. This extensive experience has made Ian well-known and highly respected in his field, and Ian currently works with a team of expert consultants who partner with organisations to build sustainable individual and organisation-wide capability and capacity to meet current and future business needs.

Wellingtone recently launched their brand new PMO Practitioner training course and are delighted that this has successfully been Accredited by the APM, the first of its type in the UK. Co-author of this course, Emma-Ruth Arnaz Pemberton, will present an important topic from the course; “The PMO Value”.

Take this opportunity to hear from one of the UK leaders in the PMO and gain practical insight into how you can ensure your PMO adds value to your organisation.

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This session introduces the key principles of PM4SD to influence success of sustainability initiatives in project design, delivery and management, placing an emphasis on long-term multi-stakeholder engagement and beneficiaries.  PM4SD establishes the importance of underpinning international and national sustainability policies delivered using an appropriate range of project management tools and techniques for managing projects and associated workloads with sustainability criteria.

An evaluation of sustainable development indicators useful to projects and the application of fundamental principles of PM4SD to project delivery through Work Based Learning and Planning demonstrates how an organisation can begin to adopt and implement sustainable project management principles.

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Dr. Sheena Carlisle is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University with 16 years of teaching and consultancy work in Higher Education.  Her qualifications include: BA. (Hons) Hospitality Management, MA (Exon) Tourism and Social Responsibility, MSc. Built Environment Research Methods and a Political Economy PhD in Trade Association and Sustainable Tourism Development.  She is external examiner for the Undergraduate tourism programmes in Dublin Institute of Technology and external examiner for International PhD Research.  Sheena is currently developing practical case study material in Project Management application in sustainable tourism contexts following an Erasmus+ Project to develop Online Learning Materials to support Project Management in Sustainable Tourism Management. (PM4SD), the new Project Management Methodology to support sustainable development in practice.  Cardiff Metropolitan University is the first University in the UK to become an accredited training organization (ATO) to deliver PM4SD

In 2016 Sheena helped to establish the Regeneration Research, Enterprise and Education Hub (RREE Hub) at Cardiff Metropolitan University as a multi-disciplinary network and hub to support shared knowledge with communities in South Wales to support community regeneration projects and programmes.  She is also developing student action research and learning, skills based case studies and tools in Project Management and Enterprise development in sustainable development and regeneration contexts in partnership via the RREE Hub and Erasmus+ skills development projects with the third sector, industry and higher education institutions.  Teaching experience includes a wide range of academic subjects including Business and Tourism Ethics, Crisis, Risk and Strategic Change Management, Marketing, Sustainable Tourism and Destination Management.


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