New sessions announced in the Learning & Professional Development Zone

An inspiring Learning & Professional Development seminar agenda is being announced for September’s Project Challenge Expo – with an evolving programme focusing on managing project sponsors, handling conflict and change, and the role of PMO leadership in tackling PMO challenges head-on – and more sessions to be launched shortly.

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This week, we are delighted to announce that we’ll be welcoming back Dr Ian Clarkson, Practice Director – PPM, for QA Ltd. Ian will be taking delegates on a deep dive into the skills and responsibilities needed for effective project sponsorship with his presentation: Project Sponsor: What’s in a Name?

Ian is highly experienced consultant, author, trainer, and speaker with over 20 years’ PPM, organisational change, and consulting experience. He was an author of the APM Body of Knowledge (BoK) 6, a member of the Reference Group for PRINCE2 6th Edition, and a member of the Global Review Group for MSP 5th Edition, as well as sitting on the technical advisory board for the Level 4 Apprenticeship in Project Management, and APM certification updates.

In his session, Ian will bring all of this practical, technical, and thought leadership expertise to bear as he walks delegates through what the role of a Project Sponsor should really be – and the key knowledge, skills and behaviours Sponsors need to fulfil that role effectively.

The Learning & Professional Development Zone sees Ian in good company. Back by popular demand are the House of PMO team (Lindsay Scott and Eileen Roden), who will be delving into the complex challenges today’s PMOs face, how the PMO can genuinely add value, and the importance of a strong, articulated vision and PMO mission in their session: Solving PMO Challenges with PMO Leadership. As well as sharing their own extensive knowledge and expertise, Lindsay and Eileen will also look at the key findings of the latest Inside PMO report, which explores the tactics that today’s PMO Leaders are adopting to meet emerging challenges head-on.

Plus, the Change Management Institute (Ketan Patel and Olivia Chalmers) will be taking an in-depth look at how to effectively manage conflict in their session: Embracing conflict – Why leaving the “elephant in the room” can be so damaging to change initiatives. Join them to explore the impact of unaddressed conflict on change management initiatives, the danger of ignoring disagreements, and how harnessing and effectively managing conflict can, in fact, deliver better supported, lower risk change initiatives with more sustainable outcomes.

All three organisations will also be exhibiting throughout Project Challenge Expo, giving you the chance to engage with these high calibre speakers and their colleagues, pursue further conversations about the challenges you face in your own role, and explore market leading support, consultancy, training and technology solutions for the world of projects, programmes, process and resource management.

With ten weeks to go until Project Challenge opens its doors, expect more seminar announcements very soon, both in the Learning & Professional Development Zone and across the Master Class/Solutions Zone and the Case Studies & Expertise Zone. Make sure you register for your free delegate place, invite your colleagues, and don’t forget to follow Project Challenge on Twitter and LinkedIn for all the latest show announcements!