Programme Management SIG Newsletter
Welcome to the Programme Management SIG Winter Newsletter. This year we are trying a different structure with a series of committee working groups delivering different aspects of our work. We thought that you would like to hear from each of the working groups to find out what they’re doing. Who knows one of the areas might be of interest to you! We are always on the lookout for new volunteers and fresh ideas so if you are interested get in touch here.
There is also news of our Spring Conference, the refresh of the Programme Management Guide and more.
We have had a busy six months since the AGM when the Committee were elected for a further year. You can read about the AGM and the great presentation from Thomas Walenta here. We have also established Workstreams to support and coordinate our activity, which has enabled us to really focus and drive activity; the workstreams include: Publications, Communications, Corporates, Physical Events, Virtual Events, and education.
Below I have listed our Committee members and their roles:
We have hosted a number of successful webinars and workshops and continue to see these as a key engagement vehicle. However we are also utilising various social media platforms as part of our communication work. We see this as an important and evolving area of our work, and are sharing experiences within APM and with related organisations.
A significant amount of time has been dedicated to the refresh of our Introduction to Programme Management, and we are on track to publish this early in 2016.
Similarly, we are in midst of finalising details for our 2016 Annual Programme Management Conference where we aim to support 'equipping programme managers for global success'. This is our main event of the year and we look forward to seeing you there - please take advantage of the Early Bird rate which ends in January - get in now before we sell out!
Finally, I would like to invite ideas for events and activities for the 2016/17 year. How can we support you, what would you like to get involved in, what areas of programme management should we explore and help disseminate? Please let us know your view.
I hope you have had a good 2015, and on behalf of the Committee, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
by Ed Wallington
The APM Programme Management SIG (ProgM) Annual Programme Management Conference 2016 has a theme of Equipping Programme Managers for Global Success, and is being held in London on 10th March 2016. Early Bird rate available until the end of January.
ProgM Chair, Dr. Ed Wallington, invites you to attend our conference to participate in what is building up to be an exciting, engaging and interactive day covering many aspects of programme management that will lead to success.
by John Chapman
The Corporate Workstream has the goal to “To communicate, promote, raise awareness and engage with the APM Corporate Community”. To this end we have three initial objectives, as follows:
Our activities to date have focussed on understanding the Corporate Members landscape and understanding how ProgM can support the members. We are liaising with Branch Corporate Reps, and would welcome discussions and ideas from Corporate Members (and their staff) as to how ProgM can support you.
by Ed Wallington
We have ambitious objectives and recognise that these are likely to take a some time to be realised - however we have already started to make some progress in certain areas with a guest article by John Heathcote (Course Leader for the MSc in Strategic Project Management at Leeds Beckett University) published on the SIG APM page on Dec 1st.
Our objectives are listed below but we’d always be keen to hear from anyone within the SIG who thinks we are missing a trick and/or could be doing more.
The current working group is led by Paul Yeomans with both Ed Wallington and Matthew Kidner supporting. More volunteers would always be very welcome as there is ‘lots to do!’
by Paul Yeomans
Shortly after arriving in the UK from New Zealand, and having barely had time to shed the effects of jet-lag, Phil ran two one-day workshops, jointly organised by ProgM and Benefits Management SIGs at Atkins Global offices in Epsom and Birmingham. More than 50 delegates participated.
He also held meetings with a number of other interested parties, spoke at PMI Synergy to more than 400 delegates and provided a 3-day course of practitioner training to a group of six students helping to highlight and embed the method in UK PLC project management community.
Phil brings OpenStrategies to life as he tells moving stories from his personal experience during, and after, the catastrophic earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. OpenStrategies, is so-called as it draws on the principles and practices of Open Source software. Phil describes the method as “liberating collective wisdom” as it equips practitioners to work with multi-stakeholder groups to create strategies that actually work - remember that most don’t!
Strategy is really about having an action plan and a rationale for it. That’s it - pure and simple! Phil’s engineering background has enabled to him to boil down flowery, but nevertheless meaningless, strategy language into a simple surefire memorable method - PRUB. He explains that “Good strategies use the smallest amount of information that has the highest value for the greatest number of people.”
It was evident from the excellent turnout and positive reaction to OpenStrategies that there is a demand for this simple approach to planning and executing [the right] projects and programmes in a complex world.
As Phil has headed home, via the Technical University of Cologne, Germany, he leaves behind a legacy of practitioners and a ‘movement of followers’ to continue their quest for the ‘Holy Grail.’
You can listen to Phil speaking on “Projects and programmes: a surefire way to creating business value?” at APM Benefits Summit on 23 June 2015 or view the slides from the recent Validating Strategies workshops.
by Merv Wyeth
Scope: Subject themes carry out foresight screening of industry trends, feedback from physical events and networking.
Additionally I have developed a number of strong personal and professional relationships with my fellow committee members and have greatly enjoyed attending various events over the past 18 months - had I not been actively involved in a voluntary capacity I may not have ‘found the time’ to go along to these.
by Paul Yeomans
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