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.

We are currently curating the sessions for October 2021 and hope to welcome back many of the speakers scheduled to talk at the postponed 2020 event.

Descriptions of the 2020 show seminars are below for reference.


Technology continues to make advances that can be embraced or ignored (at least temporarily) by our PMOs.  The latest bunch of technologies include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Machine Learning (ML) and Predictive Analytics (PA).  Few PMOs have embedded these technologies, with many more not fully understanding what the technologies can do, but concerned by the scare stories that the PMO roles will disappear within the next 5 years.

This session will present the findings from our latest PMO Manager’s Lunch and Inside PMO Report where a group of experienced PMO Managers who have embraced these technologies discuss:

  • How they got started
  • How they are using the technologies within their PMOs
  • How their PMOs have changed

Speaker Bio

Eileen Roden is an experienced PMO practitioner, trainer and consultant and lead author of Best Management Practice for Portfolio, Programmes and Project Offices (P3O) and AIPMO’s PMO Principles.  Eileen is a Director of PMO Learning and accomplice at PMO Flashmob.

With digital disruption, change is here to stay.

As the pace of technological innovation drastically changes the current business environment, PMOs are facing the biggest challenge: re-envisioning the role of the PMO and how to continue adding value to the organization at large.

Within this task, we see 7 major trends that will recognize PMOs as strategic powerhouses and business enablers.

Attend this presentation to dive deeper into these trends, and:

  • How to navigate these challenges
  • The risks
  • The opportunities
  • Suggested courses of action

Speaker Bio

Nicholas Mierowski, Sciforma UK/Benelux Sales Manager, actively works with his clients to assist them in a personnalized manner based on their level of maturity.

Involved in all of the phases of the project, his responsibility is to provide tailored assistance and advice, with the aim of creating a synergy between the tool and the company’s framework.

With over 35 years of expertise, Sciforma provides a highly-scalable and cost-effective solution, and incorporates customer feedback into the tool.

Sciforma 7.1 is a flexible and easy-to-use tool designed to help businesses manage their projects and portfolios to their greatest advantage.

Its features can improve your return on investment, maximize efficiency, and allow you to capitalize on experience.

CPS will demonstrate how PMs and team members can work together to ensure successful project delivery. CPS will show how team members can use an App – the Daily Progress Update – to record the daily work, capture risks and collect useful information.  Using this data, PMs and execs can gain clear insight in to the daily work being completed by team members.

Speaker Bio

Chris has 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.

Benchmark your current organizations resource management maturity and learn  a 5 stage approach all companies can achieve. Built with years of knowledge and some of the leading experts from Gartner like Donna Fitzgerald.

You will learn the 5 core dimensions including:

  • Resource Capacity Planning
  • Skilled Resource Development
  • Team Development
  • People  Capability Development
  • Cultural Agility Development

With the detailed information and practical tools that will be demonstrated this session will prepare you for delivering on all the projects a company needs to stay competitive in today’s environment

Speaker Bio

After selling SharkPro Software, the Microsoft 2012 Worldwide Project and Portfolio Management Partner of the Year to Projility, Greg joined Prosymmetry in 2013 to bring Tempus Resource to market.

Greg Bailey has led international teams and partners for over 25 years including Founder and CEO of SharkPro Software. Greg was recruited from Platinum to start, hire and manage all direct sales and the global reseller channel as Vice President of eLabor’s Resource Planning Division until the Enterprise Project product was acquired by Microsoft. As Vice President of Application Lifecycle at Platinum technology he led a global team of 70 sales consultants to $130m in revenue.

Within Office 365 you can access a range of Microsoft solutions that will help you with anything from basic task management through to the management of complex portfolios.

Join this session to understand the positioning of Planner, Project for the Web (Plan 1) and Project Online (Plans 3&5) and determine which solution is the correct fit for your team based on your level of PPM maturity. This session will include live demos and offer the chance to receive a free PPM Maturity assessment.

Speaker Bio

Baz is a Director at Wellingtone, a leading specialist Microsoft Gold PPM Partner focused on “Taking you to the Future of Work Management”! He also works closely with the Microsoft UK Project team as a P-SSP where he is often tasked with helping organisations address their PPM pain points and increase their project management maturity. He has been directly involved in a significant number of implementations across an array of organisations that span both private and public sectors. With his background, Baz is well versed in educating organisations on the benefits they can realise through deploying Microsoft PPM and other solutions within Office 365 to enable smarter working.

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

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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