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Projects are unique, utilise planned objectives and use a variety of resources. Unlike on-going management roles, project management has a final deliverable and a finite timespan. As a result, Project Managers need a wide range of skills; often technical skills, people management as well as being business savvy in order to successfully deliver on-time and within budget.
This workshop will investigate the fundamentals of project management as well as how the development of technology has changed the way projects are managed in the 21st century and the effective skills needed in order to be successful. The day will include major case studies that will be used as learning points as well as an open discussion. An important aspect that will also be analysed is the skills needed at a senior level and the level of influence they can exert within an organisation.
In this workshop you will learn:
- The fundamentals of modern-day project management and the skills and competencies needed to take on a senior role and how to develop them
- Learn how to change you and your team's mindset from using Waterfall to Agile techniques
- How to measure a project’s success and what techniques and technologies Project Manager should be using, and why
- Learn how to successfully tackle people management challenges as a Project Manager
Arrival and registration
Welcome and introduction
Discussion: what are the challenges modern-day project managers face?
Presentation: Luke Reader, Le Boat. Case study: Winning Ways
. Followed by Q&A
Presentation: Dr Cristina Iturralde, Said Business School. Staying relevant in a changing technological landscape.
Followed by Q&A
Open discussion: Adapting project management in an environment of constant change
Attendee mini-presentations: where are you now focusing your development on to be a better project manager?
Presentation: Ibraheem Olatunde, Lookers. Adoption of Agile in a Waterfall environment and vice versa.
Followed by Q&A
Presentation: Laura Squires, Haymarket Automotive. It’s all about the people.
Followed by Q&A
Summary and individual reflection time
Luke Reader | Senior IT Project Manager | Travelopia
Case study: Winning Ways
Luke will share four key areas that led to the successfully delivery of le boat's website redevelopment project, which won Project of the Year (over £250,000) at the Real IT Awards 2019. A two-year project, led by a cross-functional team across IT, Sales and Marketing delivered a website that not only provides a far better customer experience and more sustainable development environment – it has added significant value to the business, evident through a 12% increase in online revenue, and 20% increase in hard user conversion year on year.
Laura Squires | Head of Delivery | Haymarket Automotive
It's all about people
No matter how you look at it people are at the heart of what we do. Haymarket Automotive had a significant investment in 2017, especially in technology. At this point it was not about managing projects it was about managing people and defining a whole new delivery strategy to support a fast-growing business model. Laura will talk through what she went through, the thought process and the outcomes.
Dr Cristina Iturralde | Senior IT Project Manager | Said Business School
Staying relevant in a changing technological landscape
Ibraheem Olatunde | Project Manager | Lookers plc
Adoption of Agile in a Waterfall Environment and vice versa
When we are set in our ways, change can be hard. Ibraheem has taken on projects either from start or mid-way where he realised that the change could be better managed, if only they adopted a different methodology. He will be presenting on ways that Project Managers can win-over teams who are used to Waterfall delivery methods to adopt Agile. Or more generally how teams can be engaged to use alternative project delivery methodologies.