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.


In this presentation Melanie is going to use an Agile approach to give you a roadmap for managing a change initiative. This is an open structure that can be used for any type of change in any industry.

As well as the “lifecycle model” Melanie will showcase activities and techniques you can use to:

  • Identify all the things you need to change
  • Build productive relationships with all those impacted.

Melanie will be available for follow up conversations after the presentation.

Speaker Bio

Melanie Franklin has been responsible for the successful delivery of effective change and for creating environments that support transformational change for over twenty years. She has an impressive pedigree formed through academic research and practical consulting and is acknowledged as a thought leader in Change Management.

She is the Co-Chair of the Change Management Institute UK and is a respected author of text books and articles on change, project and programme management. She is currently overseeing two major transformations, one impacting 34.000 staff and another that has impacted 5,000 staff across 29 countries.

Melanie is a talented communicator and has a reputation for delivering complex information with humour and passion. She draws on her wealth of practical experience to illustrate concepts and to engage her audience in lively debates on advantages and disadvantages of each approach that she outlines.

With the rate of change in today’s world, the need to accelerate business transformation is seen as essential by CEO’s as the way to underpin long term success. In 1958, corporations listed in the S&P 500 had an average stay of 61 years. By 1980, the average stay had declined to 25 years. In 2011, the average tenure dropped to 18 years. At the present rate of churn, research estimates three-quarters of today’s S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027.

Ivan will talk through how today’s PMO is perfectly placed to evolve, from focusing on successful project delivery to embracing the end-to-end business transformation process. From Strategy through to Innovation and Portfolio Delivery, therefore being a strategic enabler within businesses as opposed to an administrative overhead.

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Ivan Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer at CPS since April 2013 and one of the two founding Directors. Ivan has overseen the transformation of CPS to become one of Microsoft’s key partners specialising in providing business solutions built on Office 365, SharePoint, Project and CRM. Ivan has over 20 years of experience in the business and IT consulting sectors and has managed and delivered assignments to many of the world’s leading organisations. In his current role as CEO, Ivan is focussed on ensuring that CPS provides visionary solutions to its customers; real solutions to business problems that empower organisation’s and employees to deliver more value by working smarter, working simpler and working from anywhere

Is your organisation filled with great people? Does your organisation still struggle to evolve? This challenge impacts all of our project and portfolio improvement activities.  Is that challenge hard to solve because of the organisation, basic human behaviour, or the technology?

Stephen Brown will discuss the relationship between human change behaviour and deploying an automated digital project approach; how to leverage information psychology and human behaviour to make an easy and effective transition to a fully automated digital project environment, no matter the size or complexity of your organisation.

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Stephen Brown is co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Polarisoft. For the last 20 years, he has been addressing the needs of businesses to consume and manage ever increasing volumes of data and information.  Advising some of the world’s largest companies on IT Strategy, Stephen has shown how to create a significant return on investment on limited budget by implementing technology in very specific ways. His passion for technology and simplicity has helped Polarisoft build solutions that not only deliver, but are intuitive and simple to use.

Project & Programme Management has changed in the past 20 years. How can you use the latest capabilities from Microsoft to understand the complete delivery cycle of your projects and programmes? In this session we’ll be looking at how Project Roadmap & Power BI can provide visibility across your “classic” project delivery and DevOps worlds.

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Christopher has close to 20 years’ experience in Project Portfolio Management. His experience ranges from advisory services, to deployment and training. Passionate in helping customers of all sizes innovate and transform their industry.

How can an organization be successful in the Digital Future? By enabling the people within the company to be creative, value-oriented, and effective in their work. What’s the secret to accomplishing this goal? Resource capacity planning!

Join us to learn:

  • How can Resource Capacity Planning help companies operate at digital speed?
  • What trends are forcing current resource management models to change?
  • Why will the need to build cross functional agile teams require new approaches from the PMO and Resource Managers?
  • Why will the need to build cross functional agile teams require new approaches from the PMO and Resource Managers?

Attend this session to also learn some of the latest Resource Scenario Planning techniques to supercharge your resource planning.

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.

Large organisations are struggling with project innovations. Increasingly, the disruptive ideas come from start-ups or small Agile teams. What will happen next? What kind of project skills are needed? How, where and which projects will succeed?

Veijo gives insights into the new world of making innovations happen through smart project management. Agile has been a buzzword for many years, mostly misunderstood by organisations, describing a way of working inside tech companies, but it’s much more! It’s how organisations can survive and prosper in changing times, becoming an agile enterprise. That’s all about people, not just processes and methodologies.

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