Master Class / Solutions Zone

MM_0120Operational excellence and best practice in project management are essential in driving organisations forward. This zone looks at the key drivers and best strategies for success.

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


Because the pace of change is always increasing, the expression ‘Agile’ is universally used yet moving towards agility in practice is challenging to achieve and, as a result, many organisations are not yet getting the full benefits associated with the various agile ways of working.

This presentation will explore a range of Agile approaches and techniques that businesses as a whole could adopt to improve project execution performance.

If you are concerned about your use of Agile or excited about how Agile could improve your business performance, please join the seminar. Chris will provide insight and practical suggestions based on wide ranging experience of applying agile in different organisations.

Speaker Bio

Chris is a co-founder and Director of Novare Consulting, which for the last 15 years has specialised in providing project and programme management training and consultancy services to clients. Novare Consulting are accredited to deliver all of the main PPM qualifications and have an unrivalled service in providing bespoke training solutions which integrate with an organisation’s approaches and culture.

Chris directs the consultancy practice in the organisation which has delivered many major programmes for a variety of clients through a strong team of capable consultants. We are also an AXELOS Accredited Consultancy Partner able to deliver P3M3 Assessments and advise on embedding PPM methods.

With over 30 years’ experience since becoming an accidental Project Manager, Chris has delivered projects and programmes as well as helping improve the PPM capabilities of clients including Siemens, Cobham, Meggitt, OFCOM and many more besides. He has spoken at over 30 conferences on PPM topics and has over 15 qualifications in accredited PPM topics – all of which he will draw on to deliver a thought provoking presentation.

How do we support others to make good decisions? Adaptive decision-making allows us to consider and weigh-up multiple possibilities, however choosing the correct possibility from this plethora of options leads to us being overburdened with information and data and forces us ultimately in to making decisions based on emotion rather than fact based intelligence.

Stephen Brown, will discuss the hypothesis that a good decision now is better than a perfect decision next week, and how simpler, clearer and more visual presentation of information can lead to more successful project and business outcomes.


Speaker Bio

Stephen Brown is co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Polarisoft. For the last 20 years, he has been addressing the needs of businesses to consume and manage ever increasing volumes of data and information.  Advising some of the world’s largest companies on IT Strategy, Stephen has shown how to create a significant return on investment on limited budget by implementing technology in very specific ways. His passion for technology and simplicity has helped Polarisoft build solutions that not only deliver, but are intuitive and simple to use.

Organisations build business cases for Project Portfolio Solutions against numerous needs; reducing administration; reducing reporting time; improving delivery; improving resource utilisation; improving decision making; deploying standards and templates.  Delivering function and process is only part of the solution.  Only by ensuring there is user adoption and that accurate up to date information is maintained will organisations be able to harness the true value of Project Solutions as they can drive the portfolio using a single source of truth.

This presentation covers best practice in delivering a single source of truth using Office365, edison365 and Project Online and value this provides.

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When it comes to global experience, few Project Portfolio Management (PPM) consultants can compete with Duncan. With more than 15 years’ experience and a track record that includes work in Edinburgh, London and San Francisco, Duncan brings a wealth of experience of designing, deploying and managing successful PPM solutions. He has worked across multiple sectors including banking, insurance, government, hi-tech, bio-tech, manufacturing and major game’s events, bringing a level of expertise that few in the industry can match. He is also contracted to Microsoft as a PPM technical solutions professional where, as a trusted partner, he provides PPM advice and consultancy directly to its customers.

All too often, we see companies chase growth at the expense of profit—especially in the services industry. As they grow, more and more of their information ends up in silos, causing difficulty forecasting revenue, uncertainty in resource planning against demand, and a lack of real-time visibility against project profitability. For this reason, businesses must start properly utilizing Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, in order to gain insight from their data.

David Keane, Mavenlink Director of EMEA Sales, will cover five of the most important KPIs for project-based businesses, including project margin and total availability of resources. Once properly utilized, these metrics help services firms maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

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Agile is becoming an ever increasingly popular approach to working. Rightly or wrongly, it is now associated with nearly every part of business life, from projects through to hot desking. But what really is it? And how can project professionals leverage agile ways of working for their benefit?

This session will explore when, where and how to blend project management with agile approaches, to help project professionals leverage the benefits of agile.

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This will not be a walk thru of basic EVM practices for formulas; rather it’s an attempt to address the underlying reasons for poor project performance and the need to adhere to EVM as a Gold Standard.

We will also explore in detail the most common issues that prevent most projects implementing robust EVM;

  • Cultural change required to underpin EV
  • Schedule baseline issues that weaken EV
  • Progress measurement techniques that work for EV
  • Business systems inputs into EV
  • Comprehensive change needed to keep EV in sync

The focus will be on providing a practical point by point Critique on current challenges and how to address these with EVM best practice.


Speaker Bio

Patrick is a senior manager with extensive experience managing financial, cost, estimating, scheduling, procurement, accounting and contract administration disciplines for complex engineering and construction projects and in functional management positions. Project types have included Naval, Aerospace, Software, Transportation, Nuclear,  and Construction, both regulated and unregulated sectors.

He has a comprehensive technical knowledge of all aspects of project controls disciplines, ranging from planning and scheduling to Earned Value (EV) analysis, cost and estimating. Experienced in budget development, trending, variance and performance analysis. Analytically adept and accomplished with emphasis on formulating and implementing strategies to identify, analyze, and resolve complex program issues. Extensive experience with numerous project management software systems utilizing multiple software configurations.

Patrick has a Successful record managing the development, implementation and application of project controls at all levels, including project and staff assignments, in both jobsite and office environments.

MoP, MSP, PRINCE2, PMP, PMQ, P3O, MoV, M_o_R, ACP, AgilePM.  What do these mean?

I understand PRINCE2 is a project management framework, MoP stands for Management of Portfolios, and MSP is Managing Successful Programmes, or MS Project, or even Movie Star Planet (according to my daughter’s IPad).  If I want to develop as a project manager, should I look at MSP or MoP, or look to another body such as APM or PMI?  I’m now starting to feel shaken and stirred!

With a plethora of project management certifications available, this presentation aims to explain some of these approaches, and how they interface with each other.

It’s hotting up on the project front…somebody get me some ice!

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Effective tactical and strategic resource planning accounts for all project and production support activities along the way. We will review critical success factors that can ease your journey toward the promised benefits of proficient resource capacity planning.

Recently presented at the Gartner PPM event in London and Washington DC. Whether you are using excel or a PPM tool and having difficulty doing resource planning, we will present best practices and case studies from Siemens, PepsiCo, Royal Bank of Canada and other global companies.

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This presentation is for project and programme managers who want to understand the impact of Agile approaches on the users they support, and for all those responsible for leading and managing change initiatives, for whom Agile techniques can be a useful way of implementing change quickly and effectively.

Agile methods drive a stream of continuous change into the business. Some organisations are struggling to manage this volume of change. As a result, Agile delivery teams and change professionals must collaborate. Change Managers have to change their approach to leading behavioural change, and Agile teams need to expand their backlogs to include user stories that support change activities by the business.

In this presentation Melanie will share the latest examples of how these two worlds are coming together to deliver Agile Change, using situations from her clients around the world to illustrate points.

Speaker Bio

Melanie Franklin has been responsible for the successful delivery of effective change and for creating environments that support transformational change for over twenty years. She has an impressive pedigree formed through academic research and practical consulting and is acknowledged as a thought leader in Change Management.

She is the Co-Chair of the Change Management Institute UK and is a respected author of text books and articles on change, project and programme management. She is currently overseeing two major transformations, one impacting 34.000 staff and another that has impacted 5,000 staff across 29 countries.

Melanie is a talented communicator and has a reputation for delivering complex information with humour and passion. She draws on her wealth of practical experience to illustrate concepts and to engage her audience in lively debates on advantages and disadvantages of each approach that she outlines.

Join Alan’s session on how organisations can really change when they deliver Change Management in an Agile way.

It’s a powerful session with takeaways galore.  You’ll be inspired to implement these golden nuggets for success within your company.

Speaker Bio

Alan Ferguson – Senior Facilitator at IIL Europe – is a project management professional, trainer and consultant with 40 years of experience.  He has hands-on knowledge of managing governmental, IT and engineering fields in various industries. He is an experienced trainer, consultant and coach, in a variety of areas of Project, Program and Portfolio Management.

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