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.

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Call for Participation

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.

Please complete the speaker’s response form and submit a proposal to present at this event.

Code of Conduct & Diversity

UNICOM’s Code of Conduct & Views on Diversity

We at UNICOM strive to be a leading provider of knowledge to the business community and to engage the global business community as a specialised provider of knowledge. We strive to do this maintaining a culture of co-operation, commitment and trust. We want every UNICOM conference and training day to be a safe and productive environment for everyone – a place to share research and innovation and to build professional networks. To that end, we will enforce a code of conduct throughout all our events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our approach is that our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of sessions or events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff.

Diversity: In our endeavour to be the provider of knowledge to the business community, we understand that this depends on hearing from and listening to a variety of perspectives that come from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and military service. We welcome diverse speakers for all our events, we do not always fully achieve this goal, but it is an ongoing process.

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Stephen Carver

Senior Lecturer Cranfield School of Management

Keith Gregory

Programme Manager, Lockheed Martin

Prof. Eddie Obeng

CEO, Pentacle The Virtual Business School

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton

Director of Consulting Services, Wellingtone Project Management

Alexandra Pitkevich

Gallia Blockchain Lead, Accenture

Dr Kuldip Sandhu

Managing Director, Innovative Quality Solutions (IQS) Limited

Sarah Walton and Marion Thomas

Co-Directors, Extraordinary Project Management (Gold Heron Ltd)

Julia Wall

Director, Cambiel Ltd

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Previous Programme

  • 09:15 - 10:00

    Registration and Coffee Break

  • 10:00 - 10:15

    UNICOM'S Welcome and Introduction to Sponsoring Bodies

  • 10:15 - 10:45

    The Evolution of Project Leadership

  • 10:45 - 11:15

    Clarity. Simplicity. Predictability.

  • 11:15 - 11:45

    Tea & Coffee Break

  • 11:45 - 12:15

    Digital Interviewing Project – Putting people at the heart of delivery

  • 12:15 - 12:45

    The Swindon Area Signalling Renewal Project – Getting Back On Track

  • 12:45 - 13:45

    Lunch Break

  • 13:45 - 14:15

    PMO – Making a step change using a best practice model

  • 14:15 - 14:45

    Agile Benefits Management: How to Quantify All Benefits and Deliver Them Incrementally

  • 14:45 - 15:15

    Panel Session: Resistance to Change.

  • 15:15 - 15:45

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • 15:45 - 16:15

    Get the Skills to Thrive

  • 16:15 - 16:45

    Evolving Project Management for the Digital Age

  • 16:45 - 17:00

    Chairman's Closing Summary. Close of Conference

  • 17:00 - 18:00

    Drinks and Networking

Previous Speaker

Marija Ball

BBC Design & Engineering

James Barr

Oxford Business Psychology

Neil Cochlin

Met Police

Joey Flint

BBC Design & Engineering

Tom Gilb

Senior partner at

Spencer Hobbs

Network Rail

Allan Kelly

Software Strategy Ltd

Joanna Newman


Stephen Woods

SCMMS Solutions Ltd


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