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.




Agile is becoming more and more popular, and the basic concepts of Agile are quite simple to understand. But when adopting Agile into an organisation, it is also important to understand what options are available; it is never a case of “one size fits all” and there are dozens of Agile approaches to choose from. Agile in a complex technical product-based organisation will be different to Agile to support comprehensive change programmes, which may be less about IT and more about business change.

Why choose one approach when the optimum approach is to blend several Agile approaches to address complex needs?

This presentation provides some basic unbiased information about the pros and cons of the most popular Agile approaches, and provides some real-life examples of the impact of making the wrong choices. Having this basic information will help decision-makers ask the right questions to ensure they get an Agile solution that meets the needs of their organisation.

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Barbara Roberts has been actively involved with Agile for years (long before Agile was called Agile!), and has led many successful Agile transformations in large complex corporate organisations, in all business sectors, and often working within highly regulated environments. Barbara has been the Agile Business Consortium Director for Professional Development for many years, and is also a signatory of the Agnostic Agile oath. She is well-known for her common sense practical approach to Agile.

Project methodologies do not get projects delivered, people do.  In fact, we would go further; it is the quality of relationships with stakeholders and within teams that makes the real difference.  High performing relationships – the ones that lead to results – are always formed in conversations; conversations which go beyond the familiarity of tasks and the milestones – To where? At this session, we won’t just talk about conversations, you will watch them happen, in a scenario played out by professional actors, with audience interaction from where you sit.  There will be debate, laughter, and serious learning.  No one will be bored, we promise.

We will debate HOW stakeholder conversations can forge more powerful relationships.  And we will blow myths on team performance, making a case for building mutual commitment, accountability and trust at the heart of your project culture.

People Deliver Projects are exhibiting on Stand 28 – There will be handouts, free coaching and experiential activities on the stand.

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Andy is the founder and managing director of People Deliver Projects.

Before this, his proper jobs included Project Manager, Factory and General Manager in British Aerospace. He has spent all his working life in projects and change, and outside work his projects are on rock, sea and snow.

Andy’s zeal is for getting projects back to being foremost about people delivering together and the leadership which makes that possible. Process, by contrast, he believes should be simple and just enough to help people to get the job done.

His creative and engaging team have helped 100 organisations to achieve success by learning to lead and deliver projects and change.

With 2018 looking to be another challenging year, there is much to consider when trying to understand the UK market for Project Management practitioners. “What am I worth?” is one of the most common questions posed by PM practitioners along with “How is the market?” both of which do not have a simple answer!

Join John, the author of the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR), as he explores the results from the 2018 Arras People report in the context of the UK market to offer practitioners a view on what this means for you!

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Are you having problems creating and optimising the work breakdown structure? Are you constantly re-creating data throughout the life cycle of the project for presentations or reporting purposes?  These issues can be easily solved by applying mind mapping technology to the project life cycle.

Mind Mapping has been widely used for the past 40 years in all aspects of business and education. Traditionally used as a brainstorming tool, but more recently it’s been optimised for the project manager. Mind Mapping is an increasingly popular topic in project management because when paired with technology it will increase productivity by 25%.  Specifically, it helps the project manager in the WBS process and converting the WBS into a Gantt.  Mind Mapping technology has further benefits because of the strong integration with MS Office.

If you feel like you need to optimise your WBS process and are looking for ways to communicate the project plan more successfully…this is the session for you.

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All day long each one of us is making choices and decisions.  These choices and decisions build up to heavily impact the outcome of our projects.  How much of that decision is influenced by the information we have, and how much by the way it’s presented?

Stephen Brown, will discuss the role between human decision-making behaviour and project information; how to leverage human bias in your favour to achieve better project outcomes.

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.

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Stephen Brown is co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Polarisoft. For the last 20 years, Stephen has been addressing the needs of businesses to consume and manage more and more information.  Advising some of the world’s largest companies on IT Strategy, he 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 function, but are intuitive and simple to use.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is just around the corner – how ready is your organisation in meeting the timeline?

To establish your programme, you will need a cross functional data governance team that includes everyone responsible for GDPR compliance across your organisation. At the highest level, this includes Legal, Data Privacy, Compliance, Marketing, IT Security and Risk Management, Enterprise Architecture, and often the enterprise programme management office (EPMO).

Join this session which will focus on the common business questions being asked by these different stakeholders in responding to GDPR. Time to get prepared with a data-driven, sustainable approach with Planview.

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Nicola McCoy has over 20 years’ experience working within information security, enterprise architecture, global technology and enterprise software roles. She has deep experience in helping organisations to understand operational resilience, information security and how to manage risk within a connected enterprise, while communicating their current risk posture to senior (C-level) stakeholders.

Nicola works with many of our customers to implement solutions that support recording, reporting and analyzing risk across the enterprise.

Prior to working for Planview, Nicola was a key member of the Global IT Security and Global IT functions within PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was a thought leader in information security policy, strategy and standards.

If change management is to be taken seriously as a management discipline, it must justify itself. Those of us in the profession must get better at explaining both what we do and the value of what we do.

In this session, Melanie will provide lots of ideas for how we might better explain the value of what Change Managers do and ask the audience to participate in generating ideas of their own.

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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.

In today’s environment with more techniques and tools available than ever before why is seeing the big picture still so more complex ? Whether projects are Agile or Waterfall the common theme is the need to manage a finite resource supply with what seems like and unlimited demand on the resources. Whether you are managing IT, Engineering, HR or other resources we will tackle techniques and best practices from around the globe and case studies including PepsiCo, Reserve Bank of Australia, Qualcomm, and others.

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The P3M community is often involved in delivering capabilities that are designed to improve the performance of the business, they very rarely look at their own business change and the need to keep pace or stay ahead of the curve.

In this session, we will look at lessons from our work delivering over 150 maturity assessments and a range of assurance reviews which provide us with insight into the characteristics that differentiate the winners from the also rans.

We will draw on real life examples and reflect on the value of well established and proven concepts like Kottler and the Bereavement Curve to understand how they can help improve performance.

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Rod Sowden is the managing director of Aspire Europe and is an experienced programme management registered consultant with a number of successful consulting and delivery assignments behind him that have left organisations with sustainable change.

Rod has been a pioneer of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®), having been involved since the launch in 1999 he was appointed lead author by the OGC for the 2007 version and 2011 refresh. He is also the Cabinet Office P3M3 lead author.

Rod as subsequently written Survival Guides for the business change managers, senior responsible owners and programme managers as well as having numerous articles published in his expert field.

Every year lots of surveys tell us the same things that some of us have been reading for the last 40 years – more projects fail than succeed. And it’s often not down to the programme or project managers. Too few senior managers and executives in
organisations do enough to change the culture of project sponsorship and delivery in their organisation, but all would say that they welcome the opportunity to be educated.

In this session Martin will outline some of the key research about the importance of the role, what makes a good sponsor, how can organisations embrace and support the role, what help and support can sponsors call on.

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Martin is the owner and Managing Director of 3pmxl Ltd, a consultancy that is based in the UK and specialises in implementing major transformation and helping clients to transform their business using structured 3PM approaches.
Martin is Chairman of the UK based Association for Project Management (APM) Specific Interest Group (SIG) on Governance. The Governance SIG has developed guidelines for Governance of Project Management, including ‘Directing Change’, ‘Governance of Multi-owned Projects’, ‘Sponsoring Change’ (currently being updated) and ‘Directing Agile Change’. He authored chapter 19 on Governance in the 2nd Edition of the Gower Programme Management Handbook (2016).

He has over 30 years management consulting, change, project,  programme and portfolio implementation experience in both the private and public sectors – in the UK and internationally. He is an authority on governance and sponsorship and has directed and contributed to a number of complex business and organisational change programmes to fundamentally reshape and improve business performance.  He has also led a number of assignments to improve an organisation’s capability to better sponsor and manage portfolios, projects and programmes.

Martin is a mechanical engineer by training and started his career in major capital project contracting in the petrochemical sector with Foster Wheeler.  He moved into consulting with The Nichols Group and thence to Impact Plus and Hitachi Consulting, helping organisations to implement organisational change in a more structured project and programme oriented way.  He started 3pmxl in 2011.

Client organisations he has worked with in recent years have included: Atkins, Arcus Partnership, Capita, Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, DNV-GL, eni, Metropolitan Police Service, Northumbrian Water, NHS, Practicus, Proger S.p.a., Saipem, Thales, Thames Valley Police, Thames Water, Typhoon Consulting, Turner and Townsend, Valldata.

Many PMOs now need to support Agile projects as well as traditional waterfall projects, moving to be a hybrid or bimodal PMO.

PMO Flashmob launch the latest Inside PMO report, “Agile PMO – What’s New and What’s Not” bringing insights from PMO Managers working in hybrid PMOs today. The report looks at the functions and services required and answers the questions – what stays the same, what needs to change and what is new.

The question for the PMO community is, “do you understand what additional skills and competencies you need working in a hybrid PMO?”

Many of the skills you have are still required, but some will need further honing or developed from scratch.  This session will talk about how the services of the PMO change when supporting Agile projects and what associated skills you will need to have to do that successfully.

Inside PMO is an annual report from PMO Flashmob which is created from contributions from leading PMO Managers on key PMO themes. 

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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 of 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.


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