Case Studies & Expertise Zone

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Visit this Zone to hear about real world examples of project implementation and insights from leading project management experts.

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


Many projects are plagued by cost overruns and benefit shortfalls, this session analyses how tools (model and methodologies) developed by project scholars can be weaved together to improve forecasting in projects. Using Similarity Based Forecasting (SBF) and adapting it to the Systemic Lessons Learned Knowledge (SYLLK) model to capture project lessons, Pindy will present a study that will be building on the SYLLK model, focusing on project forecasting and providing a practical approach to planning using continuous improvement in project-based organisations.

This research is currently in progress and is based on an analytical case study approach using action research cycles, whereby action and changes are monitored and reviewed during the analysis of projects during forecasting and execution.

Speaker Bio

Pindy Bhullar is a senior programme manager with over 20 years’ experience. Her role as Director of UBS Investment Bank sees her lead many global, group-wide projects, including commercial delivery of IT and Front Office technology projects and transformation programmes that focus on automating processes. Pindy has an MSc in Major Programme Management from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and an MBA from the University of Birmingham and is a Fellow member of APM.

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) caters for a range of diverse activities – such as fashion, film, music, television and digital connectivity – and accounts for a quarter of UK GDP.

In this presentation, Justin Leese will examine the challenges of managing a £3bn digital connectivity programme for DCMS, including its superfast broadband network and the rollout of 5G. He will take a look at the headaches encountered by his organisation in running such a huge programme, explaining how PPM software manages risks & issues, reassures the board and helps to future-proof the UK for generations to come.

Speaker Bio

Justin holds a Degree in Physics and Electronics from Leeds University and is a Chartered Physicist. He has been in the Telecoms industry for over 30 years in companies such as ScottishTelecom (Thus plc), NTL (Virgin Media), mBlox, Ericsson and Openreach. Whilst at NTL his team launched the first UK’s Broadband Internet service and whilst at Ericsson, he was the Programme Director for the UK launch of 4G in 16 cities for EE as well as the launch of Voice over IP services across Germany for Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile. In September 2017 he joined the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as Programme Director for the Local Full Fibre Networks Programme – which is a £290m Programme to stimulate the UK Telecoms market to invest in fibre to the premise / fibre to the home technology. In 2018 he then additionally took over responsibility for the £1.8bn Superfast Programme, £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme and £400m 700MHz Spectrum Clearance Programme. In May 2019 his team also launched the £200m Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme. He lives in Hampshire, is a keen yacht racer and regularly competes in events such as the Rolex Fastnet Race and Cowes Week.

Rapid changes in both technology and business mean that the PMO is constantly barraged with new projects–whether it’s delivering the systems that keep the business running or implementing new infrastructure for enterprise applications. It’s a challenge to keep up, let alone take the time to demonstrate that your department is capable of more than simply providing support.

To best demonstrate and lead transformational change, your team needs proven processes, and new ways of working that deliver successful outcomes. In this presentation, you’ll see three ways Workfront customers have successfully modernised the way they manage work to be more productive, collaborative, and transformative, while better demonstrating their value as an organisation.

Join Robert Lawrence, Senior Consultant EMEA at Workfront, and Prasoon Ranjan, VP of Customer Success at WNDYR, where they’ll share the importance and real life examples of:

  • Connecting global teams
  • Tracking and prioritising work requests
  • Quantifying and measuring real business outcomes
  • Effectively allocating resources

Speaker Bio

Prasoon Ranjan: Prasoon is a VP of Customer Success and oversees the entire customer function at WNDYR.

WNDYR’s vision is to “optimise work to accelerate humans”. Prasoon, together with his Customer Success team, work with a strong focus on change management to engage with their  customers; taking them through a journey of digital disruption, digital transformation and eventually human transformation.

Prasoon is considered an expert in CS and recently spoke at Workfront’s annual conference LEAP, where he focussed on helping customers through their entire Workfront journey, including building Workfront as an Operational System of Record to drive human transformation.

Prasoon has more than 15 years experience in the industry across the entire IT value chain from Product Development to Sales, Services and Customer Success. He has worked previously at organisations such as Oracle and Salesforce and across APAC and EMEA. Prasoon holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Robert Lawrence: Rob has been with Workfront as a partner, US-based consultant, and now as an EMEA based Senior Consultant. He has over a decade of experience in the project management industry as well as the last 7 years in IT consulting for companies based in South America, Central America, Asia, and Europe. Rob has helped clients not only implement better Work Management SaaS solutions but also on Work Management best practices

Rob has experience as a Workfront System Administrator, Implementation, Design and Configuration Consultant and is also certified in Workfront Library and Workfront Fusion.

Projects are inherently unpredictable but smart portfolio management can apply a 10,000 feet view to help see overall trends and also moderate the optimism bias of project managers (essential for project success).

What is needed is a set of forward thinking early warning indicators that can alert the PMO to projects that are likely to fail before they fail. Many RAGs and other indicators are backward looking. What is needed is a set of forward looking early warning indicators. Tim Schmeising-Barnes, Principal Consultant at Bestoutcome, provides an overview of forward looking indicators and their potential benefits.

Speaker Bio

Planning and control extend throughout the entire project portfolio value chain.

However, most organisations perform their planning and control in siloed spreadsheets and multiple software applications, creating an environment of isolated data, a lack of insight, impaired decision making and a severe lack of collaboration. The missed value to an organisation is massive.

We’ll show you how Ramboll Group A/S has successfully connected people involved in 100’s of major projects in 35 countries to a live, single source of shared truth without a disruptive and risky IT deployment.

Speaker Bio

Sean Blencowe CEO, Green Light Change: Passionate about shaping technology that delights, succeeding where others said it couldn’t be done. Early career designing medical imaging systems for General Electric in the UK and US, graduating from GE’s Technical Leadership program in the early 90’s. The last 20 years leading 3 tech startups and delivering complex projects, nationally and internationally in large enterprises including General Electric, Fujitsu, Lloyds Banking Group, IKEA and Ramboll Group. In 2018 led the introduction of new technology that is changing the way we think about data in programme and project delivery.

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