Project Planning & Controls Zone Archive

Project Planning & Controls Zone Archive

A look at the APM guidance for Project Planning and Control and the relationship with APMG and the subsequent accreditation that followed. How the APM Planning Monitoring and Control SIG put the book together drawing on years of experience and looking at the customers and suppliers perspective. They will talk about how the guidance will improve the quality of schedules and technical competence of team members.

Rod has had first-hand direct experience in all key project roles, having started as a project planner himself, and developing a range of training courses in every aspect of Project Management. Terry can give a first-hand account of candidates who attended the course and went back into the business, using their knowledge from the guidance to improve all aspects of project delivery.

This session is relevant to Project Planners and Project Controllers. Also people associated with PMOs, business change and benefits management.

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Managing multiple projects with a limited pool of resources can be an exciting ride. Sufficient skills must be available to ensure timely completion of assignments and avoid client disappointment, but poor levels of resource utilization can severely impact operational profits.

Drawing on recent experiences with Petrofac, the Oil and Gas facilities provider, and CB&I, a leading provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry, we will see how project and services organizations can maintain the right balance in a constantly changing environment.

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Barry Muir is a director and founder of Innate, the resource management software company. He has more than 25 years’ experience of implementing resource management software across different market sectors.

In the 15 plus years that I have been practicing Project Controls in the UK I have found that only a few projects are fit to support EVM. This presentation will try to explore in a practical way how to ensure that the building blocks that support EVM are imbedded within your project and your organization. We will also explore the following issues most projects underestimate for proper EVM;

• Cultural change required to underpin EVM
• Schedule baseline issues that weaken EVM
• Progress measurement techniques that works for EVM
• Business systems input into EVM
• Comprehensive change needed to keep EVM in sync

The focus will be on providing a practical roadmap on how to address all these challenges that prevent the implementation of best practice. It will also present real life examples of how EV metrics should be presented and what project managers/ directors should be aiming to obtain.

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As the world’s largest training provider, Global Knowledge have a comprehensive portfolio of Project Management training programmes and see The Guild’s Project Controls offering as a natural progression to their current training options.

Dan will detail how Global Knowledge offer training for The Guild’s comprehensive Certification Programme across all levels of Competence and are uniquely positioned to support the global pan-industry and multi-national need of this new Certification in Project Controls.

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Over recent decades there has been a marked increase in the importance which is attached to Project Controls as a means of being able to accurately identify and manage performance on complex projects and portfolios.  Clients, contractors, funders and other stakeholders all demand to have in depth understanding of the projects they are involved with.

So, what is the state of this?  Does investment in Project Controls genuinely lead to better outcomes?  How effective is the implementation of controls systems?  Which industries are stronger / weaker in the use of controls?

In order to be better equipped to answer these questions LogiKal Projects conducted a recent survey where respondents from a range of territories and industries were asked to give their views.

Andrew Hill, Chairman of LogiKal Projects, will present the results of this survey and provide food for thought to all those looking to understand / improve on their organisation’s maturity in this space.

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An integrated baseline review is the process of performing a technical and schedule review, in order to establish a balanced understanding of the project’s planning maturity. An IBR will review the project management plan, the methods and metrics used to measure contract performance and progress, the management control processes operating during the project’s execution, the technical merits of the schedule, and finally the risks associated with the baseline.

During this session, we will explain the roles and responsibilities of those involved, the steps required before and after an IBR, as well as the preparation and execution of the review itself.

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Breda Ryan leads the function of Project Controls at Jacobs UK Programme Management & Construction Management division. She has been working in industry for over 22 years, with experience in manufacturing, supply chain logistics, transportation and airport sectors. For the last 14 years she has specialised in the Management & Control of infrastructure capital investment projects.

In her current role, she conducts assurance reviews to challenge whether major infrastructure projects and programmes are delivering effectively to their baseline commitments. She supports clients through business change, improvements in programme management maturity and the adoption of project controls processes and systems.

Breda has a Masters in Project Management and is a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Advanced Practitioner, a PRINCE2 Practitioner and an Earned Value Management Practitioner. She has been a long-standing member of APM Planning, Monitoring & Control SIG and has contributed to many of the SIG’s publications.

Milla Mazilu started her railway career on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and has since continued to work in the field of railway programme controls, specialising in planning, scheduling and integration.

Notably, between 2009 and 2012, Milla was the programme controls planning and scheduling lead on Network Rail’s National Electrification Programme, where she developed the integrated planning strategy for the National Grid Supply Point Programme and the National Electrification portfolio, prior to the handover to regional design and delivery teams.

Since 2012, Milla has led the programme controls planning and scheduling team for Network Rail’s National Operating Strategy and subsequent Digital Railway Programme, where she is focused on enhancing the department’s ability to develop innovative, integrated planning strategies.

The case study looks at the challenges and techniques in deploying Execview P3M reporting across an organisation comprising multiple semi-autonomous divisions with disparate legacy solutions and where a previous P3M solution deployment had stalled.

This seminar examines approaches to address the organisational constraints and lessons learned coupled with techniques to accelerate the pace of deployment. It discusses the pragmatic goal focused tactics to establish momentum and soliciting selective stakeholder support. Finally, it deliberates on the need for balancing the goal of corporate consistency with need for providing local flexibility.

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Paul has over 20 years of experience in ICT systems integration and consultancy.    He has managed project and programmes in several global enterprises and for both public and private sectors.  His international assignments have given him cultural exposure to Australia, USA, South Africa, India and Ireland.  He’s been involved in developing Project Management frameworks and/or PPM developmental material in three major organisations.  He chaired over 20 corporate webinars on PPM topics. Paul is responsible for Sopra Steria’s recent APM corporate reaccreditation.   His earlier career roles include ICT Director and Financial Controller.

At some point in the career of a PM they realise that focusing on Time/Cost/Quality doesn’t always produce what the business/customer actually needed. With the focus on “Benefit Realisation” or delivering “Value for Money” or in the Development Sector “Delivering Results” or “Maximising Impact”, projects need effective planning, and controls that work more than ever – especially if they want to survive in this new world.

This session will provide practical techniques that will make a difference tomorrow. Fast and furious, we only have 40 minutes to make a difference.

 

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Eddie is an experienced Senior Manager who has led portfolio’s programmes and projects, his earlier experiences were in telecommunications where he held a variety of roles including Head of Projects with over 100 programme and project management staff in the Practice. He created and then sold a successful consultancy organisation. More recently he returned from South Sudan where he was Head of Sustainable Programme Management for the first 18 months of the conflict. Eddie is now working with a variety of clients who all have a common goal – improved delivery through effective portfolio, programme and project management.

When we look at project resource management we often see the question of “where do I best deploy my resources?” However, in the future we are going to start asking “should I deploy human resources to that activity or spend the effort on automation?”

In the future balancing resources will become more complicated, are you ready to face the challenge?

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I am often asked ‘how do I get into Project Control?’ what qualifications are there, what experience do I need, how do I get your job?

It is challenging to answer, when I started the job ‘Project Controller’ didn’t exist although I believe in hindsight I have over 35 years’ experience.  With the advent of the Guild that answer is changing, now there is a career path you can follow and there is a route to taking my job on!  This short presentation will give guidance on getting into and climbing up the profession of Project and Program Controls.

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Mind Mapping is a highly effective practice used in the construction of the WBS and when paired with technology, mind mapping will simplify the project life cycle and improve the communication of your project plan.

During this presentation, we will explore the mind mapping theory and how that theory can be applied. Participants will learn how to create the WBS with mind mapping, how to simplify the project life cycle and improve project communication.

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Writing a Statement of Work (SOW) is one of the most important things that a project manager will have to do, frequently it is the first deliverable that a client sees. It is crucial that your SOW tells the client a story. It starts with the “why”, then moves to the “how” and “what”, followed by the “when”, and “how much”. Everything should be cohesive with a flow so that it is easy to follow. The SOW is not just a “form” that you simply fill in the blanks.

With this in mind, Patrick will talk about how to integrate SOW data elements in a way that adds value throughout the project scope life cycle. If done properly, the SOW elements can then be used to agree dependencies, model Risk via WBS elements, and act as Work Authorization Documents (WAD), provide bottom up forecasts, and baseline scope for change comparisons.

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Patrick is a senior manager with extensive experience managing financial, cost, estimating, scheduling, procurement, accounting and contract administration disciplines for complex engineering and construction projects and in functional management positions. Project types have included Naval, Aerospace, Software, Transportation, Nuclear,  and Construction, both regulated and unregulated sectors.

He has a comprehensive technical knowledge of all aspects of project controls disciplines, ranging from planning and scheduling to Earned Value (EV) analysis, cost and estimating. Experienced in budget development, trending, variance and performance analysis. Analytically adept and accomplished with emphasis on formulating and implementing strategies to identify, analyze, and resolve complex program issues. Extensive experience with numerous project management software systems utilizing multiple software configurations.

Patrick has a Successful record managing the development, implementation and application of project controls at all levels, including project and staff assignments, in both jobsite and office environments.

This session will use the P3M3 framework as a guide to assessing your current maturity and then to identifying what you can do to improve it.

Surprisingly there are some relatively easy steps you can take to developing your maturity.  This talk will look at these and show the experience of existing customers in following this path.  Helpful tools will be provided as part of the session so you can turn learning into action on your return to the office.

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Malcolm West is the founder and Managing Director of PROJECT in a box.  Trained as a Mechanical Engineer and is a seasoned veteran of projects, project management, leading project based organisations and implementing PPM best practice in organisations, he says he has the scars to prove it.  Malcolm has a Warwick MBA and was the APM’s Sir Monty Finniston Award winner in 1999.  Malcolm still spends much of his time working hands on with organisations helping them improve the way they deliver their projects.

Does beautiful matter in project and portfolio management?  In this talk, Stephen Brown explores how teams can increase collaboration and organisations can become more effective by focusing on how information is presented.

From improving the user interface of key systems, to updating reporting views for your senior management, simple targeted changes can result in measurable benefits to operational performance and the easier attainment of strategic goals.

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Stephen Brown is co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Polarisoft. For the last 20 years, Stephen has been addressing the needs of businesses to consume and manage more and more information.  Advising some of the world’s largest companies on IT Strategy, he 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 function, but are intuitive and simple to use.

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Andrew explains how finding and applying the right measures has a profound and transformational effect on the performance of your organisation, your team and your projects.

Despite its criticality, organisations don’t generally treat performance measurement as a discipline, competency, or process.  If you think about your organisation, do you have practices in place to manage and govern measures?  Is measurement getting the level of priority it ought to?  Do you know how to measure things in the right way?  What are the measures that matter?  How do we realise the value and benefits of improvement projects?

Attend this session to discover new ways of driving productivity improvement in your organisation.

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Managing multiple projects with a limited pool of resources can be an exciting ride. Whilst sufficient skills must be available to ensure timely completion of assignments and avoid client disappointment, poor levels of resource utilisation can severely impact operational profits.

Drawing on recent experiences with Petrofac, the Oil and Gas facilities provider, and CB&I, a leading provider of technology and infrastructure for the energy industry, we will see how project and services organizations can maintain the right balance in a constantly changing environment.

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Gordon Petitt is the senior client account manager with Innate, the resource management software company. He has more than 10 years’ experience of successfully implementing resource management software across different market sectors.

 

Programme Controls is often viewed as an aside, an overhead, an additional service that does not add value. Throughout the last five years or so, although we have seen awareness levels increase, have we really seen it add the value and benefit that it should. If not – why not ?

Tom Elvin, Head of Programme Controls with MWH, now part of Stantec will talk around the issues that a number of us have undoubtedly encountered, how his team has helped remove them, whilst increasing awareness, understanding and ultimately benefit.

 

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Tom is the Head of Programme Controls at MWH UK, now part of Stantec, one of the world’s largest providers of water, environmental, infrastructure and energy services. He has responsibility for delivering an innovative, market leading programme controls service to our clients, whilst further developing our in-house capability.

Over a period of 20 years, Tom has a wealth of experience across various industry sectors including utilities, oil and gas, rail, petrochemical, nuclear, shipbuilding and power generation. He has helped develop and implement best practice programme controls throughout his career, and has a reputation for building highly skilled, delivery-focussed teams, with high levels of discretionary effort present.

Tom is a certified Programme Management practitioner who has a close affiliation with a variety of professional bodies, including the APM and PMI, presenting regularly to professional groups.

As a Global company, MWH, now part of Stantec provides long-term solutions and assured delivery through the application of its skills in Business Consultancy, Programme Management, Project Services, Engineering, Construction and Environmental Management with 22000 employees working in 400 locations across six continents.

It is known, and widely discussed that many projects fail. Similarly, there are a broad range of Project Management approaches and associated tools available offering to minimise the risk of such failure. Yet failure still occurs, and to many stakeholders this comes with an element of surprise; “How could my project be failing, when it was all going so well?” The project controls professional is in many ways the conscious of the project, and custodian of the sometimes unpopular truth. Either embedded within, or supplementary to the Project Manager’s toolset, there are a wide range of techniques available to monitor progress and inform pre-emptive corrective action – if only the warnings are acknowledged and understood in time. This presentation explores some of the barriers to the effective influence of project controls, and some of the potential ways to overcome them.

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Project delivery is a complex mechanism. Some people may think it’s not but it is. One of the main reasons why it is complex is because project delivery involves people, their knowledge and how you manage, transfer, and apply it on your next project. We might deliver a successful project safely, to scope, on time, and on budget but once we go to another project, for some reason, the same approach doesn’t work.

There are several aspects to learning the lessons from project delivery but learning a lesson from rail project delivery is even more complex.  This presentation will outline some examples, and identify some of the helpful lessons learned.

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Tatiana started her career at Network Rail working for Infrastructure Projects mainly specialising in major project delivery. From 2009 to 2014, she worked on projects such as National Electrification Programme and Great Eastern Electrification projects where she successfully delivered a number of various packages of work such as development of consent strategy for North West Electrification, design management and enabling works between Gidea Park to Shenfield, led on successful delivery of several packages on renewals of overhead line around Chelmsford. At the same time, Tatiana worked towards achieving her Master Degree in Construction Project Management that she successfully completed in 2013.   From 2014 Tatiana has concentrated on managing project portfolios representing Clients as well as Principal Contractor where she is focused on improving project’s knowledge management and lessons learning process.

Do you visualise  the Work Breakdown Structure? Are you constantly re-creating data throughout the life cycle of the project for presentations or reporting?  These issues can be easily solved with the application mind mapping technology.

Mind Mapping has been widely used for the past 40 years in all aspects of business and education. Traditionally used as a brainstorming tool, but more recently it’s been optimised for the project manager. Mind Mapping is an increasingly popular topic in project management because when paired with technology it will increase productivity by 25%.  Specifically, it helps the Project Manager in the WBS process and converting the WBS into the Gantt.  Mind Mapping technology has further benefits because of the strong integration with MS Office and other PM tools.

This session is relevant if you need to optimise your WBS and are looking for ways to visualise the project plan more successfully.

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Join Sciforma – one of the largest global providers of Project & Portfolio Management software – for this dynamic presentation.

You will learn how to manage “two separate but coherent styles of work, one focused on predictability and the other on exploration” Defined by Gartner, this is called the ‘Bimodal Approach’.

Discover how Sciforma is marrying Agile and Waterfall/CCPM approaches in one single PPM tool. Discover how you can implement a PPM tool and deliver faster!

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Nicholas Mierowski, the 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

What would your organisation rather have controlling your portfolio, programme or project? Competent people and simple tools or clever tools and incompetent/average people?

This session will explore you. An individual can make a massive difference, in portfolio, programme and project management. The difference “you” can make is often the difference between success and failure. This session is not for the faint-hearted, it will hold up a mirror for “you to reflect on.

So before investing in more tools, the organisation might want to invest more in “you”, the return on investment just might be better value for money.

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Eddie is an experienced Senior Manager who has led portfolio’s programmes and projects, his earlier experiences were in telecommunications where he held a variety of roles including Head of Projects with over 100 programme and project management staff in the Practice. He created and then sold a successful consultancy organisation. He was Head of Sustainable Programme Management for the first 18 months of the conflict in South Sudan. More recently he has returned from Sierra Leone helping to kick off a programme aimed at reducing infant/mother mortality rates and reducing teenage pregnancy. Eddie is now working with a variety of clients who all have a common goal – improved delivery through effective portfolio, programme and project management.

Microsoft Project Online provides a complete PPM solution.  From timesheets to demand management, from risk logs to Exec dashboards on ipads and timesheets on iphones.  It’s all there and we’ve helped so many organisatons achieve success with resource management, team collaboration, portfolio analysis and progress tracking using timesheets.

Come and listen to a simple, non-jargon explanation of how it all works, the benefits our clients achieve and how to approach a PPM deployment yourself.  Whether you have Office365 or not…this is the simple to use great cloud solution.

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Baz is a Director at Wellingtone, a leading Microsoft PPM Gold Partner and a highly experienced Microsoft PPM Consultant. 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 as well as numerous verticals. With his background, and experience of working within PMO’s, Baz is well versed in educating organisations on the benefits they can realise through deploying Microsoft Project Online to complete the Future PMO.

Sustainable Direction Ltd has helped develop the energy strategy for Alderney Electricity Ltd, the principal energy provider for the island of Alderney in the Channel Islands. Working closely with the client for over 18 months, Sustainable Direction has adopted an EPC Management (EPCM) Contractual Approach.

Sustainable Direction and their implementation supplier, TSL (Team Stokes Ltd) together are managing the Engineering, Procurement and Construction, with AEL as Client, Sustainable Direction and TSL as EPCM, and with the Client’s engineering department as Principal Contractor.

The management of Risk and Contractual Issues as well as the PM approach will be described as a powerful way to leverage value for the client and their project. The key to this project is the control solution.

NOTE: Dr John Henry Looney, MD Sustainable Direction Ltd – will present the paper.
Co-authors     James Lancaster, CEO Alderney Electricity Ltd, Alan Graca, Operations Director AEL, Jon Stokes, TSL Engineering and Construction Manager, and Kris Atkins, SDL as overall PM

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John Henry has over 32 years’ experience in delivering environmental and sustainability projects.  He has a strong technical, business and project management background, with management experience at Owner and Director Level.  He has provided consulting expertise to a wide range of organisations from small consultancies to multinational organisations and government bodies in over 30 countries, and has been Director on projects up to £80m.

From the US originally he moved to the UK in 1979 completing his PhD at Stirling University.  Since then he has taught at Universities, carried out UNECE funded air quality research at the Natural History Museum; and then worked for 24 years in consultancy, including power and energy (M&E); civil, process and chemical; and environmental engineering before setting up Sustainable Direction Ltd to help companies move in a sustainable direction.

In this session John will examine four key areas for consideration when embarking on a digital transformation project:

  • What are the biggest myths about digital transformation programmes?
  • How a project management approach is essential for delivering measurable benefits when managing a digital transformation programme.
  • The need for organisational agility
  • Lessons learned from past projects

 

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John McGrath is a Cora Systems champion and a project management professor at DIT (Ireland). John also designs and delivers executive education programs for industry. His track record includes lead project management work with over 150 global companies and government agencies, including the London and Rio Paralympics, United Nations and the World Bank.

John is passionate about engaging project teams, building trust and fostering collaborative interactions with competing stakeholders and also has also extensive experience in deploying enterprise PMO systems within the medical devices and pharmaceutical sector.

Having 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!

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Nick Wilson – 30 Years in IT, Project and Programme Management, 15 of which as Managing Director of the Portfolio, Programme and Project Tracking Solution provider – ProgrammExpress

David Broom – A former IT Director, working mainly in the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Sector, and now Managing Director of Retail Fix, developing and Implementing IT Strategy for Large Corporates, and leading and implementing large Change Programmes.

Voltaire 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.

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Graham is the Chief Operations Officer of  IMD Group. He has 15+ years of experience within the defence industry working with both government agencies and the supply chain to deliver equipment and infrastructure projects in highly regulated environments. He has also lead transformational change programmes implementing enhanced Project Management and Project Controls approaches and facilitating clients with learning and development of P3M resources within their teams.

PMO’s and resource managers are being tasked with delivering more projects with less or at best constrained resources. edison365 built on Office 365 and Project Online provides a single platform to understand total resource capacity. It understands your current commitments and then models ‘what if’ scenarios to understand how new projects might impact capacity. Save different options as scenarios and then compare scenarios to make optimal resourcing decisions.

Making use of your existing investments, edison365 provides a beautiful, easy to use interface which is still fully functional and enterprise ready, enabling you to transform your project delivery.

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When it comes to global experience, few Project Portfolio Management (PPM) consultants can compete with Duncan. With more than 15 years’ experience and a track record that includes work in Edinburgh, London and San Francisco, Duncan brings a wealth of experience of designing, deploying and managing successful PPM solutions. He has worked across multiple sectors including banking, insurance, government, hi-tech, bio-tech, manufacturing and major game’s events, bringing a level of expertise that few in the industry can match. He is also contracted to Microsoft as a PPM technical solutions professional where, as a trusted partner, he provides PPM advice and consultancy directly to its customers.

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A critical look at the controls being used today for the projects we will start tomorrow.

This zone states that ‘Project controls’ are the information gathering, analytics and management processes used to predict, understand and influence the time / cost outcomes of a project or program.

As the we accelerate into the 21st century is it right to still be focusing on predicting, understanding and trying to influence time and cost? Isn’t this yesterday thinking? Today seems to have a desire to deliver tomorrows benefit and desperately wants good value for money.

This session will look at the need to shift focus from trying to control “old world” constraints to enabling “new world” delivery, without repeating the mistakes of the past.

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Eddie is an experienced Senior Manager who has led portfolio’s programmes and projects, his earlier experiences were in telecommunications where he held a variety of roles including Head of Projects with over 100 programme and project management staff in the Practice. He created and then sold a successful consultancy organisation. He has worked in over 40 countries and across a wide range of sectors. Eddie is taking some time out to complete a Masters in Programme and Project Management whilst still supporting a few clients who all have a common goal – improved delivery through effective portfolio, programme and project management.

Organisations build business cases for Project Portfolio Solutions against numerous needs; reducing administration; reducing reporting time; improving delivery; improving resource utilisation; improving decision making; deploying standards and templates.  Delivering function and process is only part of the solution.  Only by ensuring there is user adoption and that accurate up to date information is maintained will organisations be able to harness the true value of Project Solutions as they can drive the portfolio using a single source of truth.

This presentation covers best practice in delivering a single source of truth using Office365, edison365 and Project Online and value this provides.

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When it comes to global experience, few Project Portfolio Management (PPM) consultants can compete with Duncan. With more than 15 years’ experience and a track record that includes work in Edinburgh, London and San Francisco, Duncan brings a wealth of experience in designing, deploying and managing successful PPM solutions. He has worked across multiple sectors including banking, insurance, government, hi-tech, bio-tech, manufacturing and major games events, bringing a level of expertise that few in the industry can match. He is also contracted to Microsoft as a PPM technical solutions professional where, as a trusted partner, he provides PPM advice and consultancy directly to its customers.

Statistics show that over 70% of projects fail to meet schedules.  The consequence of this is “delayed time to market which results directly in losses in revenue, savings, customer satisfaction, and market share.” A root cause of schedule failures is not having the right resources available at the right time.

In this presentation, we will discuss how to improve project success rates by focusing on resource management and how to implement your project cycle time improvement solution.

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Nicholas Mierowski, the 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.

Are you Working Smart in your PMO? Probably not if you’re currently maintaining your schedules, resources, finances & RAID logs in Excel, whilst spending hours producing manual reports with project documents scattered across an array of shared drives.

Attend this presentation to discover how the FuturePMO Works Smarter with Microsoft Project Online through Office 365.

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The State of Project Management is the largest annual piece of research of its kind in the UK.  Published by Wellingtone and involving hundreds of organisations it provides deep insight into the state of our industry.

Vince will combine this data with practical advice on how your organisation can use this knowledge to enable a step change in your project and portfolio management maturity.  You will gain rich industry data and thought provoking practical advice from this entertaining presentation.

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Ultimately, a company’s value is no more (and no less) than the sum of the decisions it makes and executes. Its assets, capabilities, and structure are useless unless executives and managers throughout the organisation make the essential decisions
and get those decisions right more often than not – i.e. “decision quality”. Business managers typically require a single deterministic number/value, expressed with a high degree of confidence, when making a business decision. As project
managers, we however know that the effect of uncertainty on business decisions (i.e. “risk”) is a range of outcomes and not an arbitrary single number. This leads to a mismatch between the subjective expectations of the decision-maker and the
objective realism provided by risk analysis.

The presentation will explore the value of stochastic, decision analysis and how this facilitates high confidence, objective decision making setting projects up for success.

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Quinton is a quantitative risk analyst and programme/project planning specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in risk and general management.  He is a lawyer by training and holds advanced level professional PMI certifications in project- and project risk management as well as a Masters degree in Information and Knowledge Management.  Currently undertaking a literature review for a PhD thesis on Capital Programme Risk Management.

He specializes in the application of quantitative modelling and analysis techniques to determine the effect of uncertainty on project estimates, operations, exploration and strategic investment decisions.

Organisations are looking to embrace innovation but lack the structure and tools to support it. Many organisations already have a function in place for delivery, but to effectively manage change and drive innovation it should surely be managed end-to-end, including strategy, ideation, implementation, and benefits.

Built on Office 365, edison365 provides the freedom to crowdsource ideas, and the platform to implement them. By leveraging Office 365 and harnessing employees’ insight, edison365 transforms creative ideas into winning projects. Our solution when combined with Project Online, Microsofts industry leading Project Portfolio Management platform, empowers organisations to deliver end-to-end innovation.

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With more than 5 years’ experience working for CPS, Chris brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of designing, deploying and managing successful PPM solutions. He has worked across multiple sectors including Government, Energy, Education and Non-Profit, understanding the unique requirements that each client poses . He is also contracted to Microsoft as a PPM Solutions Professional where, as a trusted partner, he provides PPM advice and consultancy directly to its customers.

Change is justified by the benefits we expect. However …

Projects commonly fail to deliver the benefits that were used to justify them!

The reasons broadly fall into 4 main categories:

  • Strategic misrepresentation (deliberate fabrication of a business case)
  • Cognitive biases (affecting our ability to be realistic)
  • Failure to make the business changes on which realisation of benefits depend
  • Failure to deliver the project outputs to the right quality, within the expected cost and time

In this session we will show how the Managing Benefits guidance can help us to avoid the twin threats of strategic misrepresentation and cognitive bias.

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Berine is Director and Lead Trainer with Academia International. He has over 40 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. A highly experienced project manager he has managed and participated in all aspects of projects, from initial business case to implementation and handover to support, and realization of benefits, including managing budgets, in-house project teams, 3rd party suppliers, configuration, business process re-engineering, scope, risk and change management, etc.

Bernie has delivered many successful training courses in the UK and abroad.

Change management is a subject that is very misunderstood within the controls community. Most projects pay lip service to change but don’t fully understand how to implement a viable change process. Change is often scapegoated for project failure by saying “The scale of change overwhelmed us, and we couldn’t keep up.” All projects will have change, and change must be understood within the wider complex relationships of Cost, Scope, Risk, and Dependencies.

Change management is, therefore, a transverse activity that must be controlled and coordinated across various project functions, hopefully adhering to a single vision and a single point of truth.

Join me for what I hope will be a lively discussion!

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Patrick is a senior manager with extensive experience managing financial, cost, estimating, scheduling, procurement, accounting and contract administration disciplines for complex engineering and construction projects and in functional management positions. Project types have included Naval, Aerospace, Software, Transportation, Nuclear,  and Construction, both regulated and unregulated sectors.

He has a comprehensive technical knowledge of all aspects of project controls disciplines, ranging from planning and scheduling to Earned Value (EV) analysis, cost and estimating. Experienced in budget development, trending, variance and performance analysis. Analytically adept and accomplished with emphasis on formulating and implementing strategies to identify, analyze, and resolve complex program issues. Extensive experience with numerous project management software systems utilizing multiple software configurations.

Patrick has a Successful record managing the development, implementation and application of project controls at all levels, including project and staff assignments, in both jobsite and office environments.

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Do you visualise the Work Breakdown Structure? Are you constantly re-creating data throughout the life cycle of the project for presentations or reporting?  These issues can be easily solved with the application mind mapping technology.

Mind Mapping has been widely used for the past 40 years in all aspects of business and education. Traditionally used as a brainstorming tool, but more recently it’s been optimised for the project manager. Mind Mapping is an increasingly popular topic in project management because when paired with technology it will increase productivity by 25%.  Specifically, it helps the Project Manager in the WBS process and converting the WBS into the Gantt.  Mind Mapping technology has further benefits because of the strong integration with MS Office and other PM tools.

This session is relevant if you need to optimise your WBS and are looking for ways to visualise the project plan more successfully.

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You can execute and deliver on your projects flawlessly, but if you’re working on the wrong projects, none of that matters. Business alignment is the most important criteria for project selection. According to the most recent PMI survey, respondents believe that over 60% of their projects are not aligned with the business. If 60% of projects are deemed unaligned, it’s fair to conclude that up to 60% of project investments are wasted.

Discover in this interactive session how to improve business alignment through EPMO Governance, Executive Sponsorship and Project Selection and Portfolio Management Automation.

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Nicholas Mierowski, the 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.

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is now nearly twenty years old and is a well-established part of the PPM portfolio of best practice. Yet our research indicates that MSP, and indeed programme management, it is still not understood by many, and is often considered to be little more than the co-ordination of a number of projects.

In this session, John Edmonds will explore some of the benefits that MSP can bring to not only project and programme managers, but also to many other organizational roles as they seek a successful path through business transformations.

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Full of humour, honest advice and empathy, Sunchana describes her own journey from an unhappy employee to a successful freelance planning consultant.  Based on first-hand experiences post voluntary redundancy and a log term aspiration to become gold dust in project management terms, this is a story of transformation and discovery of what skills are important, of acquiring technical skillsets and finding the real confidence, of winning the first contract, of inspiring others and of making contracting in planning & control sustainable.  Sunchana confidently gives practical advice on how to start a business, exploring the benefits of employing good project planners, the obstacles and the exciting possibilities of joining the wonderful world of freelancing in planning, with the freedom, self-direction and flexibility that this offers.

Delegate take away from this session:

  1. Clear understanding of what makes a good project planner
  2. Guidance, motivation and confidence to become one
  3. Benefits of employing project planners

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Sunchana is an independent PMO Consultant, specialising in Planning.  Sunchana has accomplished a great deal for corporate and public-sector clients in a career spanning over 20 years in PMO, Regulatory, Business Change and Technology Transformations in delivering key strategic programmes worth up to 2 bn GBP.  Sunchana worked on the London Olympics and is currently engaged on the BREXIT Programme

This presentation is an attempt to unpack and humanise the body of knowledge that sits at the root of change management. Working on the assumption that the difference between an empty buzzword and a revolutionary idea is the depth of understanding behind it, Louis will share some his knowledge (and ignorance) about key thinkers and how project and programme professionals might be able capitalise on their insights.

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Louis Aylward is a practitioner and trainer who has been active in the field since 2013. He is the change thought leader for Ignite Consulting where he combines consulting in the policing sector with blogging about change management and delivering accredited training to small groups.

Effective risk management has little to do with software, filling in registers or obtaining the M_o_R qualification.

This session will challenge the way we currently think about risk and provide some practical examples of what it takes to effectively manage risk. For the risk practitioner (programme/project manager as well as those in a PMO) techniques to apply tomorrow, for management looking to embed a risk framework, a practical example from working in a conflict/post conflict environment to understand how complexity impacts your approach.

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Eddie is an experienced Senior Manager who has led portfolio’s, programmes and projects, his earlier experiences were in telecommunications where he held a variety of roles including Head of Projects with over 100 programme and project management staff in the Practice. He created and then sold a successful consultancy organisation. He has worked in over 40 countries and across a wide range of sectors including Head of Programme in South Sudan during the first 18 months of the conflict where effective risk management was essential to survival. Eddie is taking some time out to complete a Masters in Programme and Project Management whilst still supporting a few clients who all have a common goal – improved delivery through effective portfolio, programme and project management.

Organisations are looking to embrace innovation but lack the structure and tools to support it. Many organisations already have a function in place for delivery, but to effectively manage change and drive innovation it should surely be managed end-to-end, including strategy, ideation, implementation, and benefits. Built on Office 365, edison365 provides the freedom to crowdsource ideas, and the platform to implement them.

By leveraging Office 365 and harnessing employees’ insight, edison365 transforms creative ideas into winning projects. Our solution when combined with Project Online, Microsofts industry leading Project Portfolio Management platform, empowers organisations to deliver end-to-end innovation.

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Combine Mind Mapping with task management and Gantt timelines to revolutionise how teams use the right view of project data to clarify, plan and deliver projects on time and on budget but crucially, ensure that what is delivered is exactly what the stakeholders were expecting.

This presentation will show you how to achieve that.

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Ashley Marron is a Scottish based CEO with a proven record of creating and growing both manufacturing and software businesses in domestic and international markets. Ashley has been a CEO for over 20 years initially within the hugely competitive manufacturing domain before moving to Gael to manage the team that propelled the growth of the software business. Gael specialised in providing Quality, Safety and Risk solutions for Aviation, Healthcare, Defence and Manufacturing organisations across 93 countries. Following the sale of Gael to Ideagen plc he then moved to focus his attention on developing MindGenius Ltd as a leading player in Project Management solutions, contributing to the strategic development of a new SaaS application called Barvas and the ongoing development of the Desktop Product MindGenius.

Based on first-hand experiences of a career spanning 20-years in a variety of sectors, this is a story of dealing with change and transformation via structured and creative planning processes.  Full of humour and practical advice, Sunchana is exploring the benefits of employing good project planners and the exciting possibilities of discovery as to why planning skills are so vital to delivery.

Sunchana provides persuasive guidance on 10 top benefits of undertaking planning activities in any organisation.

Dedelates will take away from this sesson:

  1. Clear understanding of how an organisation can benefit from planning activities
  2. Guidance and confidence to counter excuses for not planning
  3. Inspiring a course of action to buster lack of planning

 

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Sunchana is an independent PMO Consultant, specialising in Planning.  Sunchana has accomplished a great deal for corporate and public-sector clients in a career spanning over 20 years in PMO, Regulatory, Business Change and Technology Transformations in delivering key strategic programmes worth up to 2 bn GBP.  Sunchana worked on the London Olympics and is currently engaged on the BREXIT Programme.

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