October 2nd Portfolio Management Workshop in London to Feature Prominent PPM Experts

The APM Portfolio Management SIG will hold a half day workshop focussed on how best to achieve value from successful portfolio management application and delivery. The event will benefit portfolio management professionals, change leaders and those wishing to understand more about the portfolio management discipline.  The event will take place from on 2 October 2012 from noon until 5:30 p.m. at Trafalgar Events, 8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA.  Cost is £36.00 for APM members or £54.00 all others.

Good practices and principles of portfolio management will be shared, followed by speakers who will outline practical application through case studies in their organisations and sectors. Each speaker will share their insights followed by active audience participation in order to compare and contrast collective experiences through Q&A and panel discussion.  The day’s agenda will be as follows:

Introduction and welcome – Stephen Parrett ,Chairman of APM Portfolio Management SIG

Portfolio Management – Influencing the Weather? Stephen Jenner – The case for portfolio management is compelling – in theory. But on planet earth, many organisations struggle to make the theory a reality. Addressing this calls for an understanding of the personal, organisational, and psychological barriers to effective operation.

The Case for Portfolio Management – David Dunning (Corporate Project Solutions Ltd), Rebecca West and Peter Lisley (City of London Corporation) – There’s no doubt that there are compelling arguments for portfolio management but translating the theory into practice and demonstrating the value to senior management is where it gets tough. During this session David Dunning will talk about the arguments for portfolio management, the barriers to implementation and how to sell it in an organisation. To prove it is possible to convince an organisation to change its ways and adopt portfolio management, Peter Lisley and Rebecca West will speak about their experiences at the City of London Corporation where the arrangements they have introduced are starting to produce some powerful results.

The Benefits of Portfolio Management – Paul Hirst (HM Revenue & Customs) and Achilleas Mavrellis (DEFRA) – Case studies from portfolio management in action.  Paul and Achilleas will look at case studies from central government including management of change and BAU portfolios.  They will touch on how hard it is is sometimes for government to manage benefits, both for practical and fundamental reasons, but how, at least, the benefits of portfolio management make themselves evident in increased efficiency and improved value for money.

Building Portfolios to maximise value – A tough balancing act – Stuart Dixon (PMO SIG) & Stephen Parrett (Portfolio SIG and Right Change Consulting) – Stuart and Stephen will outline some of the factors that influence the creation of a project portfolio, drawing on their experiences in the financial services sector. This session will include examples of key building blocks and competing criteria that influence project/programme prioritisation, and the balance that has to be struck in the real world in order to construct a “do-able” portfolio.

Governance of Portfolios and Portfolio Management – Martin Samphire (3pmxl Ltd and Governance SIG Chairman)  – Portfolio management is growing in importance as organisations look to gain greater value from their overall investment in change and projects, and ensure that the organisational portfolio of change does deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives. But how does an organisation ensure that the culture, ways of working and capabilities are in place to support such objectives? Governance of project management is the key – and the role of the board / leadership team is crucial. He will explain the work of the APM Governance SIG, particularly as it relates to portfolio management, and draw on examples to explain why the board role and good governance is crucial to portfolio success.

For more information or to book a seat, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/portfolio-management-theory-adding-value.

Founded in 1972, the Association for Project Management (APM) is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond.  APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management