Learning & Professional Development

MM_0013Delivered by leading trainers, coaches and professional development specialists this Zone will focus on the various opportunities and training initiatives available to PM professionals to enable them to advance their careers.

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


When embarking on a PMO path, many people decide to learn a project management or Agile Methodology. But the PMO is about so much more than Project Management!

John from HotPMO encourages you to think differently about how you develop PMO skills. In this session, he will take you on an immersive journey of learning and insight to turbo-charge your PMO career.

Speaker Bio

John is a PMO/Delivery leader with over 20 years’ experience in the project and PMO space. He heads up HotPMO, a PMO Consultancy that helps organizations deliver the right things faster.

There’s a ‘perfect storm brewing’ in the project profession: research shows there’s a global shortage of project management professionals, the pace of change is increasing (in case you hadn’t noticed), demand for project managers is on the rise, and some say (not me!) that project management isn’t as exciting as other professions (the ‘poor relation’ if you will).

There’s a responsibility on us all to ensure there are enough project professionals to go round, and that the profession continues to be committed to excellence.

In this session, Ian will explain why we all have a part to play in the ‘perfect storm’ and explore how we can get back into ‘calmer waters’

Speaker Bio

Dr Ian Clarkson is a highly experienced consultant, author, trainer and speaker with over 20 years’ experience in project management, organisational change and learning.

Ian has worked with some of the world’s largest organisations in all sectors and has been with QA for 16 years.

He was an author of the APM BoK 6 and a referenced reviewer to the most recent update to the PRINCE2 and MSP publications. Ian was on the technical advisory board for the development of the APM Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, and also for the update to the APM suite of certifications for BoK 6. Ian is a regular blogger, podcaster, and contributor to the APM as well as the Project Manager Today magazine.

When he’s not helping organisations transform, Ian reads the latest articles and research on the topic. Maybe he should just get out more instead!

Projects have been and will continue to be the vehicle in which change has been delivered. Of late, there has been a tendency to throw Change Management activities the way of the Project Manager – whether they are wanted or understand the responsibilities – leading to mixed results.

In this session, Paul Clavering of Just Enough Change, will discuss the skills vital to help projects be more successful in delivering changes to the recipients of projects. Paul will consider the critical skills and give examples about how Project Managers can develop these skills and find practical ways to implement them.

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Speaker Bio

Paul is passionate about change and founded his own change management consultancy, Just Enough Change, helping organisations with difficult transformations through the use of their own solution, theChangeTracker®. He does this with two core values, simplicity and people centric. He set up Just Enough Change to drive opportunities and change for suffers of the gene deficiency Wiedemann-Steiner Syndrome (like his own daughter, Jessica). In his client engagements, Paul has helped both large and small organisations as well consulted with Government departments, Home Office, Department of Health and Social Care and Ofsted.

This presentation will focus on how you can utilise mind mapping technology and techniques. Liam will discuss the benefits of Mind Map theory and why it is useful in communication and planning.

Mind mapping is an effective method to use in requirements gathering sessions and the construction of the WBS (work breakdown structure). When mind mapping is coupled with technology it simplifies the process and enhances communication.

Mind mapping has traditionally been presented as a tool for planning and organisation, an effective way to develop, organise, and present multiple facets of the project plan. Primarily used for the construction of the WBS, advanced uses of this technique also simplify the complex process of communicating the project plan.

Liam will explain the mind mapping theory and how that theory can be applied to business analysts and project managers. He will also demonstrate best practice techniques in mind mapping and how it relates to technology.

Speaker Bio

Skilled in Educational Technology, Professional Productivity Technology, Training Delivery and Customer Success, Liam had a proven track record of implementing technical solutions that deliver a positive impact on individuals, teams and entire organisations.

Have you heard the classic interview question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”. It’s a question that either triggers candidates’ internal megalomaniac or puts them in a tailspin.

It’s an important question, not necessarily for interviews but for individuals. We often hear the words “fail to plan and you’re planning to fail”, but do we learn from this in planning our career and professional development in project management?

There are role profilers and assessment tools available alongside comprehensive support packages that will enable you to progress your career development plan.


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Speaker Bio

Greg joined Provek in 2015 and is an experienced professional with a proven track record in leading and managing projects, businesses, training & operations.  He was appointed managing director in 2019 .

Greg has succeeded in leading & transforming teams at local, regional & national levels, operating as a contractor, consultant & client in housing, construction, utilities, manufacturing and renewables amongst others.

Greg is experienced in developing and delivering practical workshops and enjoy hands-on training delivery. He is relationship focused, able to relate at all levels and develop business through partnering, commitment, trust and credibility.

Join Eileen and Lindsay as they take you through the keyhole at the professional body for PMO professionals – House of PMO – the home for PMO professionals where they can develop themselves, support the development of others and contribute to the development of the PMO profession.

They will welcome you for a tour, starting at the front door with the keys to access the lounge (current insights from popular PMO events); the kitchen (experimenting and cooking up new insights to the PMO profession today); the gym (where we’re stretching our thinking); the library (the latest knowledge in PMO); the toolshed (for the tips, tricks and tools of the trade) and the den (where we can hang out together).

Join them to see how the House of PMO can help you develop your PMO career; develop the PMO within your orgnaisation and get involved with shaping the PMO profession.

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Speaker Bio

Eileen Roden
Eileen works with Boards, Executives, Sponsors, Project Managers, Project Teams and PMOs to improve their programme and project delivery capability. Her approach ensures that a pragmatic approach is taken to programme and project delivery, grounded in research and best practice, tailored to suit the culture and maturity of the organisation. She works across a wide range of industry sectors including transport, defence, financial services, pharmaceuticals, defence, utilities and the public sector.

Eileen has 15 years practitioner experience in a variety of project management roles (predominantly PMO management) along with IT and functional HR roles, with a variety of UK, EMEA and global responsibilities. Her practical experience is supported by both academic and professional certifications including a Masters in Applied Project Management (with distinction), AIPMO-E, PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP®, Managing Benefits®, Better Business Cases®, Programme and Project Sponsorship®.  She is now a Consulting Director of PMO Learning and co-founder of the House of PMO.

She is the author of P3O® Best Management Practice and lead author of the PMO Competency Framework, co-author of Knowledge Management in a Project Environment, along with contribution to many APM publications.  She is a frequent conference speaker throughout UK and Europe.

Lindsay Scott
Lindsay has worked in and around project management and PMO for 20 years and is a Director at PMO Learning; Co-Founder of the House of PMO. She’s also a Director at Arras People, the project management recruitment specialists.

Lindsay is also the co-author of the PMO Competency Framework, editor of the Handbook of People in Project Management and PMI’s careers columnist in PM Network magazine. She speaks regularly on project management and PMO careers topics – and provides 1-2-1 coaching.

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