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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.

 

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 and are looking for ways to communicate the project plan more successfully…this is the session for you.

Speaker Bio

Organisations are facing extreme pressures to deliver efficient change across diverse business portfolios. Business Changes Initiatives, IT Project Portfolios and BAU all require tools to govern delivery and execute their objectives. Whilst each Portfolio might want their own Project delivery platform the organisation still needs some common standards and oversight. But when delivery teams need both Waterfall and Agile project management tools, how can you provide them with the different tools whilst still keeping them within a single delivery framework?

In this session, Duncan Griffin explains how PS+, a simple solution for Project Online introduces the PS+ Agile framework to provide best of breed agile components which allow you to easily iterate across sprints via simple Kanban boards and track burn down via OOB reports.

Speaker Bio

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.

Governance and reporting of projects and programmes is essential to every organisation and yet so many find it a struggle with timeliness of production, accuracy of data and consistency of presentation. At PROJECT in a box we have helped many organisations to automate their reporting and in this session we will share some of the tricks and tools which will enable you to get great results with minimal cost and effort.

The session will include real life examples from existing customers and tools you can take away and use yourself.

Speaker Bio

Malcolm West is the founder and Managing Director of PROJECT in a box. Trained as a Mechanical Engineer and is a seasoned veteran of projects, project management, leading project based organisations and implementing PPM best practice in organisations, he says he has the scars to prove it. Malcolm has a Warwick MBA and was the APM’s Sir Monty Finniston Award winner in 1999. Malcolm still spends much of his time working hands on with organisations helping them improve the way they deliver their projects.

John Beckford introduces the core ideas of ‘The Intelligent Organisation’ and shows how the synthesis of people, process and information delivers gains in effectiveness, reducing costs while increasing customer satisfaction and improving the bottom line.

Applicable to all sectors, ‘The Intelligent Organisation’ is a radical model of organization built on exploiting the information generating capabilities of
contemporary technologies. John will illustrate his talk with examples and case studies drawing on international applications of these ideas in transport, water, utilities, social care, paper manufacturing, pharmaceutical research and professional services.

John manages to be academically rigorous in his thinking whilst also being provocative and entertaining.

Speaker Bio

When faced with complex change, many leaders are still trying to lead change using management tools that are no longer fit for purpose. How can we, as change coaches and project leaders, help our Leaders when there are no ‘right answers’?

When the future isn’t predictable? When it’s impossible to produce controllable results? Leaders need to develop new habits. The role of Change Manager needs to shift to Change Coach. And together, we need to build change platforms, not change programmes.

During this session, Michelle will share some thoughts about Management 2.0 and Change 2.0 with the audience. Be prepared to walk away with more questions, than answers!

Speaker Bio

Michelle is a change maker, Leadership/OD consultant, speaker and strengths-based coach with 30 years of international experience.  For the last 10 years; she has worked for Jupiter Consulting Group, a consultancy dedicated to “adding life back into work”.

Michelle co-chairs the Change Management Institute’s South West (UK) chapter. The Change Management Institute (CMI) is a global, independent, not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and develop the profession of change management internationally.

Implementing a project-based organisation is like a triathlon, with the three separate disciplines of portfolio, programme and project management, that are linked together and that need to be executed in balance and with the same level of expertise. In combination, these disciplines provide an enterprise wide process for implementing strategy that is systematic and efficient.

This presentation describes this cultural and organisational approach that rewards those organisations that recognise the need for each discipline and work continuously to improve all three.

Speaker Bio

Steve has over twenty years’ experience in the enterprise software sector, specialising in ERP and PPM tools. After a consulting and management career with a number of software vendors, Steve worked as an independent project manager, trainer and consultant focussed on the Project Management sector. Initially a business partner of Sciforma, Steve was appointed Professional Services Director for Sciforma UK in 2014.

There has never been a greater need to manage change effectively within organisations, yet it is so often seen as a ‘black-art’. But we all know that successful change doesn’t happen by accident. A key factor for achieving a fundamental, sustainable step-change is to always focus on the outcomes of the change : what will be different, how will it feel, and why is that better than today?

In this talk Mike Pryor, Principal Consultant at Bestoutcome, will give real-life examples of clients who use an outcome-driven approach on their change programmes. He will explain how this helps them manage variances, ambiguity and turbulence and ensure that the end-goals of the change programme are achieved and successfully embedded in the organisation.

 

Speaker Bio

Mike is a Principal Consultant at Bestoutcome where he specialises in business change,  focusing on helping organisations achieve lasting performance improvements in their business operations. During the last twenty five years Mike has helped over fifty clients implement pragmatic, sustainable improvements driven by technology, people and/or process change, including risk management, stakeholder engagement, programme governance and systems delivery processes, tools and standards. Before joining Bestoutcome, he was an independent consultant working across a variety of different sectors including finance, retail, and utilities, and his client experience takes in blue chip companies such as Alcatel, BAA, Boots, BP, John Lewis, M&S, Nationwide, NHS, Severn Trent Water, and the United Nations.

We all know that implementing a standardised PPM tool makes sense, but how to justify it?

Aimed at Business leaders, Line Managers and PMO Managers, this session will provide you with the information you need to build your business case successfully, focusing on the benefits, outcomes and ROI. Duncan’s latest eBook will also be available as a free takeaway to assist your step by step approach to aid your business case for investment.

Speaker Bio

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.

There has been an Industry shift for the core PPM Persona – the project Manager. The need to leverage project & program management to orchestrate the rate & pace of bringing new products & services to market has effected a change in who project managers primarily are.

Chris Reeves will discuss how CA Technologies has used Ethnographic research in their bid to transform the User Experience for 70% of project managers. Using a “Design for Humans” approach CA have conducted a study of people doing their jobs in their work environment (using sticky notes, to do lists, etc.) not interacting with software. The aim of this research was to focus on the Persona and provide solutions for a person, not features for a release and to answer the question what is the job you “hired” the software to do?

Speaker Bio

Inspired by Stephen Covey’s inspirational book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People®, we take a look at the role of the PMO Manager and share what makes a highly effective PMO Manager in the profession today.

Touching on different aspects of a PMO Manager’s career, this session will give PMO practitioners at any level; inspiration, ideas and practical ways to forge ahead in their career.

Speaker Bio

Eileen Roden is the author of Portfolio, Programmes and Project Offices (P3O) and the UK’s leading authority and trainer in PMO.

 

 

Lindsay Scott is the founder of PMO Flashmob and The PMO Conference. Both Eileen and Lindsay have had successful careers as PMO practitioners and now focus on supporting PMO practitioners in the field.

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