Solutions Planning & Controls Zone

MM_0291 (2)‘Project controls’ are the information gathering, analytics and management processes used to predict, understand and influence the time / cost outcomes of a project or program.

The discipline can encompass any of the following: Scheduling; Cost estimation / engineering; Earned Value Management; Risk management / assessment; Document control; Supplier performance measurement.

This new zone takes a close look at some of the latest tools and techniques.

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



A critical look at the controls being used today for the projects we will start tomorrow.

This zone states that ‘Project controls’ are the information gathering, analytics and management processes used to predict, understand and influence the time / cost outcomes of a project or program.

As the we accelerate into the 21st century is it right to still be focusing on predicting, understanding and trying to influence time and cost? Isn’t this yesterday thinking? Today seems to have a desire to deliver tomorrows benefit and desperately wants good value for money.

This session will look at the need to shift focus from trying to control “old world” constraints to enabling “new world” delivery, without repeating the mistakes of the past.

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Eddie is an experienced Senior Manager who has led portfolio’s programmes and projects, his earlier experiences were in telecommunications where he held a variety of roles including Head of Projects with over 100 programme and project management staff in the Practice. He created and then sold a successful consultancy organisation. He has worked in over 40 countries and across a wide range of sectors. Eddie is taking some time out to complete a Masters in Programme and Project Management whilst still supporting a few clients who all have a common goal – improved delivery through effective portfolio, programme and project management.

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 in designing, deploying and managing successful PPM solutions. He has worked across multiple sectors including banking, insurance, government, hi-tech, bio-tech, manufacturing and major games 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.

Statistics show that over 70% of projects fail to meet schedules.  The consequence of this is “delayed time to market which results directly in losses in revenue, savings, customer satisfaction, and market share.” A root cause of schedule failures is not having the right resources available at the right time.

In this presentation, we will discuss how to improve project success rates by focusing on resource management and how to implement your project cycle time improvement solution.

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Nicholas Mierowski, the UK/Benelux Sales Manager, actively works with his clients to assist them in a personnalized manner based on their level of maturity.

Involved in all of the phases of the project, his responsibility is to provide tailored assistance and advice, with the aim of creating a synergy between the tool and the company’s framework. With over 35 years of expertise, Sciforma provides a highly-scalable and cost-effective solution, and incorporates customer feedback into the tool.

Are you Working Smart in your PMO? Probably not if you’re currently maintaining your schedules, resources, finances & RAID logs in Excel, whilst spending hours producing manual reports with project documents scattered across an array of shared drives.

Attend this presentation to discover how the FuturePMO Works Smarter with Microsoft Project Online through Office 365.

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The State of Project Management is the largest annual piece of research of its kind in the UK.  Published by Wellingtone and involving hundreds of organisations it provides deep insight into the state of our industry.

Vince will combine this data with practical advice on how your organisation can use this knowledge to enable a step change in your project and portfolio management maturity.  You will gain rich industry data and thought provoking practical advice from this entertaining presentation.

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Ultimately, a company’s value is no more (and no less) than the sum of the decisions it makes and executes. Its assets, capabilities, and structure are useless unless executives and managers throughout the organisation make the essential decisions
and get those decisions right more often than not – i.e. “decision quality”. Business managers typically require a single deterministic number/value, expressed with a high degree of confidence, when making a business decision. As project
managers, we however know that the effect of uncertainty on business decisions (i.e. “risk”) is a range of outcomes and not an arbitrary single number. This leads to a mismatch between the subjective expectations of the decision-maker and the
objective realism provided by risk analysis.

The presentation will explore the value of stochastic, decision analysis and how this facilitates high confidence, objective decision making setting projects up for success.

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Quinton is a quantitative risk analyst and programme/project planning specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in risk and general management.  He is a lawyer by training and holds advanced level professional PMI certifications in project- and project risk management as well as a Masters degree in Information and Knowledge Management.  Currently undertaking a literature review for a PhD thesis on Capital Programme Risk Management.

He specializes in the application of quantitative modelling and analysis techniques to determine the effect of uncertainty on project estimates, operations, exploration and strategic investment decisions.

Organisations are looking to embrace innovation but lack the structure and tools to support it. Many organisations already have a function in place for delivery, but to effectively manage change and drive innovation it should surely be managed end-to-end, including strategy, ideation, implementation, and benefits.

Built on Office 365, edison365 provides the freedom to crowdsource ideas, and the platform to implement them. By leveraging Office 365 and harnessing employees’ insight, edison365 transforms creative ideas into winning projects. Our solution when combined with Project Online, Microsofts industry leading Project Portfolio Management platform, empowers organisations to deliver end-to-end innovation.

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With more than 5 years’ experience working for CPS, Chris brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of designing, deploying and managing successful PPM solutions. He has worked across multiple sectors including Government, Energy, Education and Non-Profit, understanding the unique requirements that each client poses . He is also contracted to Microsoft as a PPM Solutions Professional where, as a trusted partner, he provides PPM advice and consultancy directly to its customers.

Change is justified by the benefits we expect. However …

Projects commonly fail to deliver the benefits that were used to justify them!

The reasons broadly fall into 4 main categories:

  • Strategic misrepresentation (deliberate fabrication of a business case)
  • Cognitive biases (affecting our ability to be realistic)
  • Failure to make the business changes on which realisation of benefits depend
  • Failure to deliver the project outputs to the right quality, within the expected cost and time

In this session we will show how the Managing Benefits guidance can help us to avoid the twin threats of strategic misrepresentation and cognitive bias.

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Berine is Director and Lead Trainer with Academia International. He has over 40 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. A highly experienced project manager he has managed and participated in all aspects of projects, from initial business case to implementation and handover to support, and realization of benefits, including managing budgets, in-house project teams, 3rd party suppliers, configuration, business process re-engineering, scope, risk and change management, etc.

Bernie has delivered many successful training courses in the UK and abroad.

Change management is a subject that is very misunderstood within the controls community. Most projects pay lip service to change but don’t fully understand how to implement a viable change process. Change is often scapegoated for project failure by saying “The scale of change overwhelmed us, and we couldn’t keep up.” All projects will have change, and change must be understood within the wider complex relationships of Cost, Scope, Risk, and Dependencies.

Change management is, therefore, a transverse activity that must be controlled and coordinated across various project functions, hopefully adhering to a single vision and a single point of truth.

Join me for what I hope will be a lively discussion!

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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.


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