Organisations today are constantly faced with the challenges of fiercely competitive and changing environments driven by regulatory modification and internal restructuring. They must, therefore, continuously adapt to the environment if they are to survive and prosper. Now, with the increased scrutiny over budgets and “doing more with less,” efficiency and effectiveness are key factors of successful organisations.
As part of their competitive advantage strategy to change, survive, and grow, top management have been moving to project management. The ability to successfully execute projects is what drives the realisation of intended benefits and the achievement of business objectives.
The use and adoption of Portfolio Management (PfM) has led to increases in the key performance indicators of quality, scope, budget, time, and business benefits. Thus by aligning the portfolio with the organisation’s strategy has led to meeting schedule, scope, quality, budget, time, and business benefits.
This conference focuses on how companies should exploit or upgrade and change their resources to ensure that programmes and projects deliver. It comprises essential areas such as people, culture, strategy, tools and techniques and processes. Experts bring their views on the topic and panels allow debate on priorities and challenges, inviting the audience to take part in the conversation and to share their experience and problems.
We are inviting speakers – thought leaders, subject experts and start up entrepreneurs – to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about their work and their vision in the field of Testing.
We understand that successful projects are written up as “White Papers”. Please share these with us. But projects that did not achieve their targets – “Black Papers” – are of interest to us too. They can be a very important topics of discussion / panels that you can present. Talk to us about both, we welcome your input.
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Prof. Eddie Obeng, CEO, Pentacle The Virtual Business School
Stephen Carver, Senior Lecturer in Change Project & Programme Management, Cranfield University School of Management
Change is risk – but it is also opportunity.
Using the analogy of flying (and based on the latest academic work), Stephen leads this fast moving, interactive and fun session looking at how complex change projects and programmes can be better managed. We will see how leading global organisations (such as Amazon) have learnt how to innovate and manage in these changing times.
Dr Kuldip Sandhu, Managing Director, Innovative Quality Solutions (IQS) Limited
Digital transformation is set to have a profound transformation on organisations and institutions across all sectors and all key governance activities. The implications for this on change managers and IT leaders is paramount. Do you have the skills and knowledge to thrive in this context? Join us to hear more about the implications for change leaders & practitioners as we face future challenges and learning. How have they achieved results? How do we navigate through the change programs, gain insight into best practice and learn about leading end user experience to manage the evolving digital landscapes and business models?
Key Speaker Kuldip Sandhu will share his experience of developing and delivering Digital and Technology strategies.
Julia Wall, Director, Cambiel Ltd
Cambiel Benefits Management places Benefits Mapping and its associated toolset in the context of Benefit-led Decision Making as a business imperative:
From the perspective of 15 + years of hands-on experience embedding Benefits Management, Julia Wall looks at the implications for the programme/project management lifecycles and related disciplines - including risk management; assurance, process management; contract and commercial disciplines etc.
Alexandra Pitkevich, Gallia Blockchain Lead, Accenture
In the times when more and more blockchain solutions are moving from PoC to Pilot and Production implementations the topic of Quality Assurance becomes very important. This presentation will cover the structured approach for a professional blockchain testing from adopted V-model to the test tool selection and more…
Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton, Director of Consulting Services, Wellingtone PPM
DNA is the code of life and is found in every living thing. This uniqueness also exists in organisations, and understanding it is the key to long term portfolio management success. For many organisations however, the correct project management approach is often embedded in the roots of a particular methodology, coupled with the perception of value of a few key personnel. What organisations do not often consider when defining their ways of working is their uniqueness and how to leverage it.
Keith Gregory, Programme Manager, Lockheed Martin
Meetings can be an obstacle to project success; taking up valuable time for lots of people and generating conflict yet achieving little. They can also be a huge benefit to a project by providing a chance to air and dispel fears, share ideas & knowledge and get support from within the team. Imagine having a tried & tested tool to help you navigate more successfully through them…
Sarah Walton and Marion Thomas, Co-Directors, Extraordinary Project Management (Gold Heron Ltd)
It seems the days of the large project team are over. We will explore the art of project delivery through building a tribe of loosely connected people who will ‘get stuff done’ when called upon to do so.
Alec McCutcheon, UNICOM Seminars Ltd
Dr James Barr, Oxford Business Psychology
Over time, two strands of ideas about leadership and project management have evolved, often out of phase. This presentation describes the evolution of project management from being unsystematic and reliant on the skills of individuals, via an attempt to control through bureaucracy to today's more fluid, agile approach. Meanwhile leadership has evolved from the idea of the 'great man' through 'scientific management' to an emphasis on emotionally intelligent, authentic leadership. The talk reviews what forms of project leadership work best today and what will be the next steps in evolution.
Joey Flint, Marija Ball, BBC Design & Engineering
In the years we worked in the BBC we've been trying to accurately reflect to our stakeholders what we are able to deliver as an agile team. In the past two years we have used a variety of tools and have seen various degrees of success. This informed what we do now. We have found that to be predictable you don't have to spend a day in sprint planning. It's about striking a balance between developers spending most of their time developing and having enough planning in place. We would like to share the current practices and tools we employ, why it works for us, and what our next challenges are.
Neil Cochlin, Programme Director, Met Police
The squeeze on public sector finances has necessitated organisations adopting a robust stance when deciding which projects and programmes to invest in. Balancing benefits return with risk helps that prioritisation. The multi-million pound Digital Interviewing Project offered significant benefits but at one point found itself cancelled. This presentation will cover how the ambitious IT and construction project overcame numerous hurdles to achieve its goals. In doing so, it has left a legacy for the most vulnerable victims and witnesses encountered by the Metropolitan Police Service.
Spencer Hobbs, Network Rail
As project manager for the Swindon Area Signalling Renewal, a multi-million pound project to renew the signalling system along the Swindon stretch of the Great Western rail line, Spencer employed multifaceted project management skills, innovation and lean and agile principles to lead his team (after the project missed its original commissioning milestone) to successfully meet the revised commissioning dates.
Stephen Woods, SCMMS
This presentation explains how you can leverage a best practice models such as CMMI and P3M3 to help you make a step change in the capability of the PMO and Project Management in your Organisation. The presenter will share with you his experience at establishing and re-invigorating PMOs at major Financial, Retail, Insurance and Transportation Organisations.
Tom Gilb, Senior partner at GILB.com
Common Agile methods intend to deliver benefits and value, but they are not equipped to do so in practice. You have to add to an agile framework, like Scrum, a number of tools. Direct Quantification of all benefits, so they are unambiguous clear and trackable in agile delivery steps. Much better stakeholder analysis. A method to estimate the ‘benefit power’ of all architecture and design strategies. A method for decomposing big strategies into smaller benefit deliverable strategies. A method for dynamic prioritisation of delivery steps based on value for resources wrt risks. This presentation will present these tools and participants will get a free digital copy of the book “Value Planning”.
All speakers with questions from the floor.
Joanna Newman, PMI / Vodafone
What skills do our project management community need to thrive in the next 5 years? How do we prepare them for the challenges that automation and robotics will bring? What soft skills will be needed to navigate the hyper globalised ‘always on’ environment and how to build engagement in an oversaturated workplace. Join me as I sift through leading research from PMI, APM, CMI and FTSE 100 companies about the skills needed to thrive in 2022.
Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd
In the digital age change is fast and those who don't keep up are quickly left behind. Business innovation and technlogy innovation feed off one another while traditional project management struggles to keep pace with an accelerating cycle. IT Project are no longer something that happens on the side, the business is technology and the technology is business.
The project thinking needs to evolve too. And it's more than just Agile, it's digital business, it's cloud, it's DevOps and continuous delivery, dual track, minimally viable teams and much more.
In this presentation Allan Kelly will set out some of the ways in which project management must evolve if it is to keep pace with the changing nature of business and the technology landscape.