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.


This is a full PRINCE2 Overview in 40 minutes.  Whether you are new to PRINCE2 or looking to re-register your Practitioner certificate, this presentation is ideal.  The session will be very fast paced as there is a lot to get through!

WARNING: We advise all attendees to grab a strong coffee or a hi-energy drink before entering.  There is no time for pondering!  We have 340 pages containing 7 processes, 7 themes and 7 principles to cover.  There’s a 40 minute deadline to meet!  Plus you need to leave this presentation with an amazing amount of PRINCE2 knowledge!  Let’s go!

Speaker Bio

Paul is Managing Director of SPOCE – the World’s first PRINCE2 accredited training organisation.  Paul has been a PRINCE2 approved trainer for over 18 years, and has worked with hundreds of organisations in developing and implementing best practice project and programme management.

Paul is also the Chairman and co-founder of ASPECT, which is the association for promoting excellence in consultancy and training.  Over 30 accredited training organisations commit to a charter to provide the very best standards in the delivery of their services.  Full details of this are available on www.accredited.org.uk.  Initiatives such as this are really only achievable by Paul’s reputation and relationships with clients, partners and competitors alike.

What are the essential working life skills that are required to succeed, both today and in the future?

Veijo Hytti, CEO of Keto Software, will present his view on how working life will change and what that means for each of us. Beyond the buzzwords and trendy methodology terms, you will discover the real skills that are needed to succeed as a true professional in project and programme management.

Veijo’s approach has a strong Scandinavian and Finnish approach. Human skills will be more and more valuable, even if the technology talk is dominated by AI, machine learning, VR and gaming.  Veijo is an inspiring entrepreneur and shares his view on building successful teams and businesses.

Speaker Bio

In this session, John will explore the current market conditions in the UK for project management practitioners for both job seekers and those looking to hire. Some observers continue to say we are in a “Candidates Market” but does the data support that view? More importantly how is this impacting practitioner remuneration after many years of stagnation?

Join John as he explores the latest market data and examines what the current market conditions could mean for you. He will draw on data including the 2019 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report to explore the latest trends in remuneration for practitioners working in both permanent and contracting roles.

Speaker Bio

John Thorpe is a director of Arras People, the Project Management Recruitment company and the author of the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report.

Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) is a professional standard that the Association for Project Management (APM) launched in May 2018.

Find out about the development of the chartered standard, the benefits for the profession, employers and you as an individual. Interested in applying to become a Chartered Project Professional? This session will also give you an overview of the routes to achieving chartered status and how to apply.

Speaker Bio

Gill joined APM in February 2005 and is the head of professional standards. Gill has significant experience in assessment, qualifications development and management and has led a number of successful projects and developments in this area. Gill’s recent successes include the development of the APM Chartered Project Professional standard, Level 4 and Level 6 Trailblazers in Project Management, Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, APM Registered Project Professional standard and APM Competence Framework developments. Gill is also very involved internationally through work and developments with the International Project Management Association (IPMA)

Gill is a Fellow of APM, with a number of qualifications in project management, an honours degree in European Studies, a post graduate diploma in careers guidance and over 20 years’ experience in assessment, qualifications advice, development, management and project management.

How do PMOs measure how useful they are to the business – the value they bring, the benefits they deliver? Why should the PMO even measure in the first place – who are we measuring for, who actually cares and ultimately how do you know if your PMO is successful?

In this session from PMO Flashmob we share the latest insights from the Inside PMO Report produced specifically to explore and answer these questions. The Report is produced following the PMO Manager’s Lunch – an annual event designed to find out what real PMO practitioners do in their day-to-day work.

Speaker Bio

PMO Flashmob is run by Lindsay Scott and Eileen Roden – it’s the networking and learning group for PMO professionals. They also manage PMO Learning, the training and development organisation focused on PMO.

Project Methodologies do not get changes delivered, people do.  Change leaders don’t achieve it with change models and in cascade briefings, they do it on the ground, in real conversations with their stakeholders.   Those stakeholders who will ultimately deliver the change, and those all important benefits.

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, in all its forms, and you can ask to see, played out for you, the resistant behaviour that you personally encounter with your own stakeholders.  We will work on how successful change leaders identify and deal with it.  We will make the case that resistance is good, to be relished and sought out.

There will be debate, laughter, and serious learning.  And not a lot of Powerpoint.  No one will be bored, we promise.

People Deliver Projects are exhibiting on Stand 28.

Speaker Bio

Andy is the founder and managing director of People Deliver Projects.

Before this, his proper jobs included Project Manager, Factory and General Manager in British Aerospace. He has spent all his working life in projects and change, and outside work his projects are on rock, sea and snow.

Andy’s zeal is for getting projects back to being foremost about people delivering together and the leadership which makes that possible. Process, by contrast, he believes should be simple and just enough to help people to get the job done.

His creative and engaging team have helped 100 organisations to achieve success by learning to lead and deliver projects and change.

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