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.

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.


Projects have been and will continue to be the vehicle in which change has been delivered. Of late, there has been a tendency to throw Change Management activities the way of the Project Manager – whether they are wanted or understand the responsibilities – leading to mixed results.

In this session, Paul Clavering of the Change Management Institute, will discuss the skills vital to help projects be more successful in delivering changes to the recipients of projects. Paul will consider the critical skills and give examples about how Project Managers can develop these skills and find practical ways to implement them.

Speaker Bio

Paul is passionate about change and has been an active member of the Change Management Institute since 2017. He setup the NW Chapter and now, as part of the leadership team leads all the Chapters in the North. Paul also founded his own change management consultancy, Just Enough Change, not only helping organisations with difficult transformations but also driving opportunity and change for suffers of the gene deficiency Wiedemann-Steiner Syndrome. In his client engagements Paul has helped both large and small organisations as well consulted with Government departments, Department of Health and Social Care and Ofsted.

In this session we will showcase Microsoft’s New Product -Project for the Web- and share key trends in project management, as well Microsoft’s view on project management for the future.

Speaker Bio

Andy has over almost twenty year’s experience helping customers implement complex enterprise software solutions For the last seven of these years Andy has been solely focused  helping customers understand the benefits and value of Microsoft’s PPM Tools. His role at Microsoft focuses on leading Microsoft Project Online cloud sales engagements in enterprise organisations across industries, while supporting the wider sales community with good practice when discussing Portfolio and Project Management

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.

This presentation will cover the rationale behind the need for a robust project controls platform, and the challenges of getting it right, highlighted through a number of WSP case studies.

An over-reliance on Excel and siloed applications has led to significant inefficiencies in project controls, and WSP will set out how Cora PPM by Cora Systems is helping them to change this and make them “Future Ready” –  WSP’s programme to see the future more clearly, and to work with clients to design for this future as well as for today’s needs.

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Microsoft’s Project for the Web is built on the Power platform to enable a truly connected project management experience. In this session we will showcase how it can be extended with Power Apps to provide rich project and portfolio management capabilities, including stage gate governance, status reporting, risk and issue management, benefits management, portfolio dashboards and much more.

We will talk about opportunities to turn this into a single governance platform that will integrate multiple other tools such as Planner or DevOps, or even your financial accounting system. The Power platform, with tools such as Power Automate and Power BI makes it possible, while also making sure you are ready to benefit from constantly developing Artificial Intelligence capabilities – find out how by joining this session!

Speaker Bio

Gero is a co-founder of Program Framework, a consulting firm that helps organisations to develop their PPM and project collaboration capabilities. A key aspect to this is the deployment and successful adoption of Microsoft cloud services to transform project and work management. This goes hand in hand with the development and implementation of PMO frameworks and successful culture change.

Everyone hates useless governance.  If no one likes following the rules, how can you create project governance that is effective?  Is it worth even trying to make governance for everyone?  In this talk, Niraj will explore techniques to build governance that works for the whole organisation, even the rule breakers.

Niraj Mistry is Director of Client Services at Polarisoft. For the last 10 years, he has been helping organisations achieve exceptional project outcomes. Some of the world’s largest companies are using Niraj’s approach to deliver business change that is highly effective and long lasting. His passion for technology and simplicity has helped Polarisoft turn customer relationships into strong partnerships.

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