4th Annual Scottish Project Management Conference Announced for April 2013

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

13 August 2012 – Edinburgh, Scotland – The Scotland Branch of the Association for Project Management has announced the date, theme and preliminary information about their 4th annual Scottish Project Management Conference.  The event, with the theme Delivering the vision – Clarity of purpose and successful delivery of projects will be held Wednesday 17th of April 2013 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ, Scotland.  Early booking rate of £132 for APM members before 31 January 2013.  For other rates and information, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/scottish-conference-2013-delivering-vision.

The 4th Annual Scottish Conference in 2013 will focus on how projects and project teams ensure clarity of what they are setting out to do and clearly communicate what they will deliver. This is a fundamental for all projects.  The conference will therefore focus on how diverse teams maintain their vision of delivery and how that is practically translated into reality.

The first confirmed speaker is Richard Noble of the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project.

Creating a jet and rocket powered car that can hit 1,000mph in a matter of seconds isn’t just about Britain retaining the land speed record, Bloodhound SSC provides a stimulating topic for schools with the aim to produce the next generation of engineers, scientists and project managers.

Richard Noble OBE will underline the importance for his engineers having a full understanding of project management, as it ultimately impacts project cost. Richard said: “In our project we don’t have managers, so everybody is doing their own project management. The problem is some are very good at it and some of them aren’t.”

“We have a very high level of fixed costs and all the time I drum into them the fact that if you make a mistake and we are delayed by one day then that is £12,000 gone.” Richard stressed that in order to avoid this then everybody should be given the required project management skills.

In late 2011, APM announced their vision of a world where all projects succeed. APM Chairman Mike Nichols said at the time that “The strategy sets an agenda that is uncompromisingly ambitious, creative and radical. Yet it can be encapsulated in just three words: all projects succeed – that is to create a world in which this is taken for granted.”

The conference will be an opportunity to hear Andrew Bragg, APM CEO explain how APM are translating this vision into practice to achieve the target of delivery.

The conference will feature;

  • Influential speakers – sharing their experience of how they have translated their ideas into reality.
  • Interactive workshops – with experienced practitioners from a range of industries. Delegates will be encouraged to contribute to the debate, ask questions and give their views based on personal experience.
  • A rich choice of sessions, ensuring the event relevant to all industries.
  • Networking – making contact with other project professionals and organisations to enhance your professional standing.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available and details can be obtained by contacting Merry Wadlow ([email protected])

Founded in 1972, the 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 is committed to developing the profession through its three strategic themes: Development and maintenance of standards and knowledge; The promotion and application of those standards and knowledge; and Development and maintenance of the APM infrastructure.  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