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.



In this presentation we will look at how we took the DSDM Agile Project Framework and modified it for use in a fast moving digital agency. This presentation initially explores, at a high level of abstraction, the DSDM Agile Project Framework – since this is the framework that forms the stepping-stone to the Deeson Agile Framework.

The presentation then goes on to explore the Deeson Agile Framework that incorporates iterative and incremental delivery of benefits, just-in-time planning and frequent review. In addition, its governance model ensures the client vision will be captured, whilst empowering teams to work without undue interference.

Speaker Bio

Vic Page – Accreditation Director, Agile Business Consortium
Vic is an independent consultant with a wide experience of delivering Information Systems projects within traditional and Agile development environments.  He also has considerable experience in the development, implementation, assessment and validation of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Computer Science and Software Engineering disciplines.

In his early years, Vic worked for BT as a Project Manager and Programme Manager for both traditional and Agile projects based in the UK, USA and Europe. Vic is the Training and Accreditation Director at the Agile Business Consortium and the Chief Examiner for Agile Project Management at APMG.

 Andrew Larking – Creative Director, Deeson.
Andrew is an award winning Creative Director who has led teams at various digital agencies and strategy consultancies. His career has spanned visual effects, research, education, software development, and design.

He worked for Microsoft Research as part of the team who developed multi-touch gesture recognition, was a senior lecturer and course lead for 3D Animation and Games Design at both Ravensbourne and Norwich Universities, and was an advisor to Government on foundation degrees between 2006-2010. Andrew now leads the design team at Deeson and in collaboration with Vic Page and John Ennew has designed their new Agile Framework.

John Ennew – Director of Technology, Deeson.
John is a Chartered Engineer and Director of Technology at Deeson. His previous roles include leading development teams  at the University of Kent, and Research Machines.

As a member of the IET and a committee member of the Kent branch of the IET, John is an enthusiastic advocate of continuing professional development and organises events and activities for IET members in Kent. He is interested in Primary Education and teaching children to program using tools such as Scratch, Python and the Raspberry Pi. He run’s a weekly Club introducing computer coding to Year 6 primary school children in Kent.


AAT (Association for Accounting Technicians) will share with you the 5 key takeaways that have enabled them to double their Programme and Project productivity in less than 12 months and how and why they have moved from a focus on ‘change’ to a focus on learning whilst still delivering success.

Speaker Bio

Simon Jones
Simon Jones has led, shaped and delivered large-scale business transformation programmes. He has cross sector global experience including, Oil and gas, Telecoms, Entertainment and Media, Government & Public Sector, Airline and Insurance industries. His change experience has been gained through internal and consulting roles, including with PwC. He holds Post graduate qualifications in post compulsory education, Masters in Organisational Systems (Systems Thinking) and gained an industry award for supply chain modelling for Fujitsu and has been published by the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management on approaches to sustainability. He is a guest lecturer at Imperial College London on Change.

Jodene Murphy
Jodene has worked for AAT for 10 years, the UK’s leading professional body offering skills-based accountancy and finance qualifications. Before working in the Programme, she held various roles focusing on qualification development for UK and international markets, regulatory compliance/audit and assurance, and assessment development.
Jodene is a certified programme and project management professional (P3O, MSP and PRINCE2) and APM Associate member with 6 years’ experience of successfully delivering complex projects.  Since 2016, she has been the PMO Manager responsible for on-going programme delivery and improving performance through the operationalisation of methods, tools and best practice.

Rebecca Leadbitter
Rebecca started working in the PPM industry 12 years ago when she joined Sciforma in their French office and has since moved back to the UK to setup and manage their UK operations. She has worked with pan-European companies of varying sizes and industries to ensure successful implementations of the Sciforma PPM software.

All Project Management tools allow you to plan your projects, produce pretty Gantt charts and track progress but simply planning individual projects and progress is not enough to deliver real control of your portfolio. What are your resources doing? Can your resources deliver your portfolio? How much is the portfolio costing? Are you delivering the benefits you promised? Is there an ROI?

These are all important questions that most PMO’s and executive teams want, or should want answered. However, many organisations are unable to supply answers due to a lack of tools or in some cases simply because the existing tools are just too cumbersome to use.

This presentation will highlight the top three functional areas that are most often demanded and show you how Microsoft Project Online with PS+ will deliver exactly this information; easily, immediately and with a user friendly set of tools.

Speaker Bio

Ivan Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer at CPS since April 2013 and one of the two founding Directors. Ivan has overseen the transformation of CPS to become one of Microsoft’s key partners specialising in providing business solutions built on Office 365, SharePoint, Project and CRM. Ivan has over 20 years of experience in the business and IT consulting sectors and has managed and delivered assignments to many of the world’s leading organisations. In his current role as CEO, Ivan is focussed on ensuring that CPS provides visionary solutions to its customers; real solutions to business problems that empower organisation’s and employees to deliver more value by working smarter, working simpler, working quicker and working from anywhere.

Agile has made great strides; it’s here to stay, but there remain difficulties. Where is it applicable? What about the risks? The agile evangelists are impatient. The traditionalists are advising caution. The debate can become a battleground.
Away from IT (in Operations, Finance, HR for instance), it’s difficult to know how to engage with it. However for Agile really to deliver, everybody must find a way.

This presentation will tackle the broader challenges of Agility, and how to bring your organisation with you. At this session, we won’t just talk about Agility, you will watch it 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.

Speaker Bio

Change only happens if all those affected commit to changing how they work. To support everyone affected, any organisational change needs a large network of local managers, supervisors and staff to support colleagues as they make changes to their ways of working.

This group do not need to be trained as professional change practitioners, but they do need to know some key elements of change management.

In this presentation, Melanie will explain the 4 most important knowledge areas: Understanding resistance to change; Assessing impact; Planning transition; Assessing readiness.

Speaker Bio

Melanie Franklin is the co-chair of the Change Management Institute UK, and has been delivering successful change initiatives for over twenty years, initially as a project manager then as a programme manager before taking on senior change management roles. She has seen the evolution of the project management role to include ever increasing responsibility for implementing change and realising benefits. Melanie has a passion for transferring her knowledge and experience and is a lively and engaging speaker.

Melanie acknowledged as a thought leader in Change Management, with an extensive client list as well as authoring a number of books on the subject. She was awarded Accredited Change Manager status by the Change Management Institute in 2013 and her 8th book called Agile Change Management was published by Kogan Page in 2014. She is currently overseeing two major transformations, one impacting 34.000 staff and another that has impacted 5,000 staff across 29 countries.

Change shouldn’t be chaotic it should be based on good data and the integration of many parts of the project including the communication plan and the training intervention.

Explosive Learning Solutions have been involved in a number of change initiatives where the link behind data, the communication plan and the training programme have been critical to the success of the initiative. This talk will explore some of the ways these links have been fused together and link them back to theory such as Cath’s favourite Kotter “The Penguin Man”.

Speaker Bio

Cath has worked in training design and delivery and learning and development consultancy and research for nearly 30 years. She now owns a successful Learning and Development Company in Oxfordshire. Join her to think through the challenge of culture v process.

Project Methodologies do not get changes delivered, people do. Change leaders don’t achieve it in cascade briefings, they do it on the ground, in real conversations with their stakeholders.

At this session, we won’t just talk about change, you will watch it happen, in a scenario played out by professional actors, with audience interaction from where you sit. We will explore resistance and you will see the resistant behaviour that you
encounter with your stakeholders. We will work on how successful change leaders identify and deal with it.

There will be debate, laughter, and serious learning. No one will be bored, we promise.

Speaker Bio

In terms of business benefits, deploying Microsoft’s Project Online is an easy win for most organisations. As a low cost, powerful, industry-standard planning tool with numerous advantages over earlier Portfolio and Project Management (PPM)
solutions, Project Online is, in most cases, the obvious choice.

Sometimes those close to the solution or behind the business requirements understand the benefits of Project Online, yet they find proving the benefits to other stakeholders who are further removed from the solution challenging.

This presentation is intended to help show how you can prove the ROI of your PPM deployment.

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.

Since agile’s inception in 2001, it has radically changed how the IT industry has developed software. There has been lots of hype around both its success and failure but like any story there are usually underlying factors that dictate the outcome. When implemented properly as a methodology the underlying constructs that agile is based upon have been proven as a viable process across sectors.

This presentation will reveal some surprising insights.

Speaker Bio

Colin Farrelly has over 15 years’ experience in the software industry. He is a seasoned software developer and technical architect, having led teams across multiple business sectors and technology stacks. Colin is a certified scrum master and has received multiple accolades and certifications throughout his career as both an advocate and implementer of agile methodologies and process improvement within companies around the world.

Resource management consistently comes up as the number one biggest challenge for the PMO, in this session Eileen and Lindsay explore why resource management is difficult for the PMO and share insights into how the PMO can tackle it.

The session covers research from the PMO Flashmob and real world examples of how PMOs are approaching this challenge. It’s not about the tools and software – this session focuses on the skills, capabilities, culture, processes and psychology – and introduces the Resource Management Circle concept.

If you’re working in a PMO today and resource management is on your too hard pile – come along to the session and find out how to get it off.

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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