Solutions Planning & Controls Zone

MM_0291 (2)‘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.

The discipline can encompass any of the following: Scheduling; Cost estimation / engineering; Earned Value Management; Risk management / assessment; Document control; Supplier performance measurement.

This new zone takes a close look at some of the latest tools and techniques.

All attendees are eligible to attend these FREE presentation sessions which will be delivered from open zones within the exhibition hall.

Are you having problems creating and optimising the work breakdown structure? Are you constantly re-creating data throughout the life cycle of the project for presentations or reporting purposes?  These issues can be easily solved by applying mind mapping technology to the project life cycle.

Mind mapping has traditionally been presented as a tool for planning and organization, as an effective way to develop, organize, and present multiple facets of the project plan.  Primarily used for the construction of the WBS, advanced uses of this technique also simplify the complex process of communicating the project plan. Those uses will be demonstrated through direct audience interaction during this presentation of an unquestioned versatile and valuable tool for use by PMs and BAs.

If you feel like you need to optimise your WBS and are looking for ways to communicate the project plan more successfully…this is the session for you.

Speaker Bio

Join Sciforma for this presentation. You will learn how to manage “two seperate but coherent styles of work, one focused on predictability and the other on exploration” as defined by Gartner as 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!

Speaker Bio

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.

Microsoft Teams is the single hub for team work and with Project Online, becomes the central hub for your project organisation.

Microsoft will demonstrate the ultimate collaboration functionality with Microsoft Teams and Project and provide top tips for achieving great Project team work and organisation.

Speaker Bio

Violaine is originally from the Champagne region in France and completed a Masters in Management at LMU Munich in Germany.  She works at Microsoft in the Modern Workplace team, enabling organisations to realize their full potential with the help of Microsoft PPM solutions.  Her previous experience as a PMO at Allianz enables her to look for practical solutions to solve everyday issues faced by a PMO and works hands on with customers to overcome their challenges.  She brings a fresh perspective to PPM solutions and has strong ideas about the future of modern work management.

Most project management approaches incorporate a ‘lessons learned’ activity. But many organisations do little more than document experience and file it on a shelf, which is less like lessons learned and more like lessons identified, or even worse, lessons ignored.

Some people in the PM community think lessons learned is so broken it’s not worth doing. Ken Burrell thinks there is still value to be had, with the application of some pragmatic primping.This session (based on his forthcoming book) looks at how organisations learn from projects, how it goes wrong, and offers some ways to fend off failures.

Speaker Bio

Ken Burrell started his project management career as a project manager in beer dispense equipment manufacturing (he is also a trained beer taster). He moved into insurance, and then across to PMO (where he ran an enterprise PMO), then into contracting – and has never looked back! He now provides specialist PMO services (mostly to City of London insurers) through short to medium term engagements of his company Pragmatic PMO.

Pragmatic PMO helps organisations to improve the way they change through the strategic application of the right PMO knowhow; sometimes by supporting the controlled delivery of strategic change projects and programmes, and sometimes by ensuring that senior management get the insights they need to make strategic decisions about those change programmes in the context of an organisational change portfolio.

Project management has never just been about scheduling, costs and risks. It’s about working in a collaborative way to achieve a successful outcome.

CPS will discuss and demonstrate the various capabilities available to organisations via Microsoft Office 365 – Planner, Teams, Project, Azure Boards & Power BI – to enable teams to be informed and work from anywhere on multiple devices.

Speaker Bio

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.

Staying profitable is a challenge for even the most experienced project managers. However, there is a formula for greater, more predictable profit margins with each project.

This presentation will detail the five steps needed to increase profitability, including:

  1. Increasing Estimate Accuracy
  2. Matching Skills and Tasks
  3. Creating Tension Between Resource and Project Managers
  4. Measuring Profit and Loss at Project Level
  5. Utilizing the Post-Mortem Process

These five actionable steps will improve profitability from a variety of angles. This presentation will detail the importance of each step, how to incorporate them into your business, and how they will improve your project and company-wide margins.

Speaker Bio

David Keane is a seasoned project leader and regional director of the European operation of SaaS innovator, Mavenlink. In his current role, he consults with countless project delivery leaders on modern practices and technology, with a focus on driving improved business execution, agility, and financial performance.

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