New Project Management Sessions

Project Challenge is back at Olympia, London on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th October 2017. The autumn show is the leading project management expo in the UK and features over 40 seminar sessions alongside the project management exhibition.

The two day event is free to attend, just register today

Take a look at some of the recently announced sessions:

Organisational Change Capability – a key 21st century competitive advantage?

Fiona Magee, Managing Consultant, CITI Ltd

CITIIf disruptive change is now the norm, how can your organisation be agile enough to stay ahead of the game? A critical enabler of change agility is organisational change capability. Two key questions for today’s leaders are – Do we have the organisational capability to successfully manage continual change? What are the consequences to our business performance if we don’t?

Fiona’s presentation will consider; what do we mean by organisational change capability, why is it important to our success and how do we develop it?

Understanding your value in the PPM market

John Thorpe, Managing Director, Arras People

Arras PeopleWith commentators noting that the UK market is fast approaching full employment and external factors such as IR35 impacting the contractor community, there is much to consider when trying to understand the UK market for PPM practitioners. Ultimately you are only worth as much as somebody is willing to pay, but being prepared for that negotiation has never been more important.

John, the author of the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) for the last 12 years, will be exploring the data from the Arras People report along with data published by other sources to offer practitioners a view on the UK market and what this means for you!

Tinker, Tailor, Teacher, Trainer – customise your Project Management style

Adrian Dooley, Non-Executive Director, APM Group

APMGSuccess is a continuing thing. It is growth and development. Today’s Project Manager must work smarter than ever before and wear many different hats. Project Manager’s need to become more agile, flexible and demonstrate value. Businesses need frameworks which can flex and scale.

APM Group is at the heart of leading the response to deliver meaningful courses and qualifications. In conjunction with other stakeholders we will be pleased to showcase our approach to strengthening the portfolio of qualifications available to everyone engaged in delivering value worldwide. Tinker, Tailor, Teacher, Trainer. How many hats can you wear at the same time?

Why Realising Benefits from Projects is a Rarity and how to ensure you actually realise benefits

David Walton, Managing Director, Bestoutcome

BestoutcomeWith budgets being squeezed, many organisations are launching cost reduction programmes to deliver cost savings. It is now even more important than before to focus on actually delivering these savings.

David Walton, Managing Director of Bestoutcome, describes some key steps to ensure that your projects actually deliver the savings you need. David describes how you plan, manage and deliver benefits throughout the project lifecycle. He covers benefits probabilities, disbenefits, quality gates and linking milestones to benefits delivery.

Management Of Uncertainty

Graham Joyce, Chief Operations Officer, IMD Group

IMD GroupVoltaire said, “uncertainty is an uncomfortable position, but certainty is an absurd one”. It is a necessity for project teams to operate in a world of uncertainty, and for sanctioning bodies and senior stakeholders to fully understand this fact of life and its implications.

This is never more so than at the early phases of the project; when the demands of establishing a robust, underpinned estimate and the drive to secure sanction to get critical activities underway in a timely fashion are often in conflict. Managing this uncertainty throughout the project lifecycle is a cornerstone of Project Controls, and this presentation will look at some common pitfalls and approaches to avoiding optimism bias.

AXELOS and our part in the future of PPM

Cameron Stewart, Head of Product Development for PPM, AXELOS

AXELOSProject and Programme Management is changing. How can the AXELOS PPM portfolio support our profession as we enter a critical 5 year period? AI, new tools, changed approaches and different team cultures make for a challenging environment. Best practice will be more relevant than ever before, and to continue to develop practitioners and organizations around the world, AXELOS will continue to evolve our recognized best practice solutions.

This session will give a snapshot into the exciting future of the AXELOS PPM portfolio and, most importantly, how we need you to get involved.

Using information psychology to better engage stakeholders

Stephen Brown, Head of Innovation, Polarisoft

PolarisoftIn our micro second culture of twitter and whats-app it can be difficult to get stakeholders to care.

Stephen Brown, will discuss the role between project information and the stakeholder; how to get stakeholders engaged and why it’s inherently difficult to achieve this.

In an information rich world what techniques can be deployed and what formats are effective in winning the struggle to win people’s time and attention and change their behaviour.

Programme Control – It’s not all about the tool!!

Nick Wilson, MD of ProgrammExpress, and David Broom, MD of Retail Fix, a Business Change and Strategy Consultancy

ProgrammexpressHaving both worked on large Business Change Programmes over the last 25 years, Nick and David will talk about how there is a need for flexibility in terms of Programme Governance, depending on the scope of the Programme, the type of organisation, and the nature of your Sponsors and Stakeholders.

It is never a ‘one size fits all’, but there is always a minimum level of Programme Governance required. Successful Programmes will always have a great Team, People, and Communications, and appropriate governance. A minimum level of governance, and ‘less is more’ approach to ongoing Programme Control has to be the start point for the majority!


More sessions are announced in the lead up to the expo – register for more information or to attend Project Challenge this autumn