APM Activities, Successful Projects, Crossrail, the Not So Positive News and weird names given to buildings



UK Project Management Roundup

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK



The summer here got off to its usual frantic start with many families embarking on the delivery stage of their major annual project – their holiday. We had fewer reports of failed projects, at least initially, as many families got away without major blockages on the road system and the airports seemed to cope with the sudden rise in numbers of passengers. Since then, problems have arisen but most of these are outside the control of holiday-makers. Road and rail access to Europe is severely disrupted by the attempts of large numbers of migrants to board trains and trucks using the Channel Tunnel.

Elsewhere, the project world rumbles on and despite this being the best time to release bad news, there is a surprising amount of good news to report. This comes from the Association for Project Management (APM) and Crossrail. This is not to say that there is no bad news so High Speed 2 (HS2) comes under renewed scrutiny as does the national rail network. So let’s look at the good news first…


The Planning Specific Interest Group released their latest publication in July at a launch in London.

Work on the guide by the current authoring group began in October 2013. It was finished ahead of schedule and is on sale now. Lead author Paul Kidston said it was practical guide that aimed to bridge the gap between planning theory and practice. Simon Taylor, from HS2 and member of the authoring group, added it was a “catch-all guide” that was relevant to every sector. Both acknowledged that it was not an answer on its own, but did provide a foundation to improve project management capability. It also provided an example of what good looks like.

More good news came from the Awards Judges who have completed their first round assessment of entries to the 2015 Awards. The Award Board released details of the finalists after a record entry across the 12 professional and 3 academic categories.


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About the Author

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Salisbury, UK



Miles Shepherd
is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses. Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia. His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is currently Director of PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and the Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management. He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance. Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

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