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.



An agile approach offers a common sense, straightforward and intuitive way to scope, plan, resource and deliver organisational change. With the pace of change refusing to slow in most areas – and accelerated in many areas thanks to the challenges brought on by the pandemic – we need to continually develop “hacks” to successfully implement our projects, in a competing world of too many initiatives and not enough time to do them all.

In this session, presenter Melanie Franklin will address frequently asked questions, providing you with easy-to-understand explanations and techniques to ensure you are clear in your own mind the extent of what you are trying to achieve, and be able to communicate this persuasively to all those you need to take with you on the journey.

She will specifically address:

  • Explain the Agile concepts and how they create your Agile approach
  • Aligning waterfall/traditional and agile approaches
  • Convince your stakeholders that delivering an evolving solution early is better than waiting for a complete solution later!

After her presentation, Melanie will be offering a project/change management surgery, where you can book up to 20 minutes to describe your challenge and work with Melanie to find answers that enable you to progress on your Agile journey.

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Speaker Bio

Melanie helps make change a reality, by supporting staff at all levels through the transition from existing structures and processes to new ways of working. She understands the psychology and neuroscience of change, and applies this learning to creating safe, no blame spaces where people can express their shock and anger about change, and explore its impact on their day to day work, their relationships with colleagues and their long term career plans.

Melanie is highly qualified and very experienced, using the experience of many change initiatives to build her understanding of the emotions triggered by change, that she uses to create help and guidance  for all those impacted. She is a Chartered Management Consultant, Chief Examiner for the Agile Change Agent certification, was Co-Lead of the Change Management Institute UK and now founder of the Continuous Change Community. Respected author of many text books and articles on project, programme, portfolio and change management.

Previous roles include CEO of a consulting and training organisation, Director of Global Transformation Programmes, Global Head of Business Continuity and Crisis Management and Head of Project and Programme Management.

Innovation and Project Management are the right and left brains of your organization, but are they working in unison? As innovation continues to be even more relevant for organizations, the pressure is real for project managers to become drivers of the organization’s strategic priorities and bring ideas into reality. However, how can the PMO deliver what’s expected if they don’t have sight of the pipeline?  It’s time to break down barriers between teams and integrate the innovation office and the project management office into a single entity.

In this session, Ivan will offer insights into how PMOs are perfectly placed to evolve and embrace end-to-end business transformation, bridging the gap from ideas and outcomes to become true strategic enablers within the organization.

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Ivan has over 25 years of consulting experience in both Innovation and PPM and has been an adviser to Microsoft since 2003. Ivan is the global leader of edison365 and is a major respected expert in innovation delivery, project management excellence and business case justification. He helps our clients drive innovation into their core business processes and helps them make ideas work for their organization.

Gartner’s Strategic Portfolio management 2021 hype cycle put resource management just at the cusp of entering the Slope of Enlightenment. Given that organizations have been actively doing resource management for decades, we have to ask what will it take to finally move up the curve?

This presentation will explore how a new, more people-oriented resource management maturity model can be used to get organizational acceptance of resource management as a vital discipline for executing strategy. A must watch session for people still using excel or having difficulty with their current system of resource planning.

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Speaker Bio

Greg Bailey was the Founder and Former CEO of Microsoft’s 2012 Worldwide Project and Portfolio Management Partner of the Year until selling the company in January of 2013. He also ran the resource Planning Division at eLabor until the product Enterprise Project was sold to Microsoft and became Microsoft Project Server 2002. His energy, experience, passion and vision, has made Greg a frequent guest speaker at hundreds of project management events.

Project management technology continues to evolve, and organisations are finding it more and more challenging to find the right solution for their specific needs.

Microsoft has introduced a number of Project and Work Management Solutions. These include Microsoft Project, Project Online, Project for the Web, Planner and Azure Dev Ops, but which tool best suits which projects?

Join Duncan Griffin, Modern Work Management Consultant at CPS, as he provides an overview of these Project solutions and compares them to various scenarios to explain how they can best be used for management, collaboration and reporting to make them work for you.


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Duncan Griffin PPM Solutions Consultant – With more than 18 years’ experience in designing, deploying and managing successful PPM solutions bringing a level of expertise that few in the industry can match.

Everyone hates useless governance. If no one likes following the rules, how can you create project governance that is effective? Otherwise it’s just a waste. At that point, is it worth even trying to make governance for everyone?

In this talk, Niraj will explore techniques to build governance that works for the whole organisation, even the rule breakers’.

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Speaker Bio

Niraj Mistry is Director of Client Services at Polarisoft. For the last 12 years, he has been helping organisations achieve exceptional project outcomes. Some of the UK’s largest companies are using Niraj’s approach to deliver business change that is highly effective and long lasting. His passion for technology and simplicity has helped Polarisoft turn customer relationships into strong partnerships.

As a project manager, you live by the wisdom in the expression, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.” But most of today’s PM tools force the user to jump right into defining tasks. The challenge then is to ensure that you don’t allow an inadequate tool to direct your planning process.

In this session, we’ll share how you can sharpen your PM axe by:

  • Establishing a process that allows for valuable thinking and discussion before defining tasks and actions
  • Using advanced “mind mapping” software as a tool to support a seamless path from ideation all the way to a robust project plan
  • Exploring practical approaches for managing and visualizing all of your project-related information

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Speaker Bio

Nick Duffill is the principal at Harport Consulting, a business consultancy based in Scotland. With over forty years experience in a range of business areas including weaving, robotics, factory automation, IT and compliance, Nick has specialised in project management and information management. Since the late 1990s, Nick has focused on the application of “mind mapping” software as a business and project management tool, and has developed many products and solutions for clients. He was technical editor for Wiley’s “MindManager for Dummies” and regularly presents webinars on Corel’s MindManager product.


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