March 2017 UK Project Management Round Up


Good News, Archeology Projects, Projects in Trouble and More Good News

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK




At last the Winter is nearly over. Although we are not seeing much sunshine, the days are drawing out, spring flowers seem to be in bloom – at least they are in my garden. Snowdrops are almost over and the daffodils well on, trees are beginning to show the first shoots of green. That is the positive side! With Spring also comes the rapid growth of weeds and the onset of more tasks. It is always thus for project people!

It seems that no matter what my intentions might be, I cannot escape Brexit. The papers are full of it, along with its impact on infrastructure, finance and social cohesion. It looks like we will be in for an interesting time. This month, I intend to cover a range of topics, some less stressful than Brexit. I’ll start with some good news, move onto archeological projects, some more ‘interesting’ project challenges and then sweep up anything left over, doing my best to avoid the ‘B’ word.


I expect many of you go to the cinema, movies or theatre, depending on where you come from – personally, I only see films on planes. However, there is good news here as some 200 films were made in UK last year. All film production is project based, carefully planned and even more carefully monitored. So it is good news when a production company makes a film such as Star Wars VIII: The last Jedi or Alien: Covenant and the films made in UK last year entailed a spend in this country of some £1.6 billion. This is a 13% increase in revenue with £1.35 billion spent by overseas production companies. This gives new meaning to the concept of Talent TriangleÒ!

Also on the good news front, I have to report a special build by Rolls Royce who produced new, special purpose model. This is an electric vehicle build for St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, near the Rolls car production facility in West Sussex. The target market is not luxury seeking mega rich but children who can use the new model, the SRH, to drive themselves to the operating theatre. The intention is to help reduce stress and pre-operation anxiety.

Rolls Royce SRH (photo: SWNS South West News Service)

The car is powered by a gel battery and is capable of 10 mph although this will be reduced to 4 mph in the hospital. The car took 400 hours of skilled voluntary work to build. The SRH, which is 165cm long and weighs 135kg, was delivered to the hospital at the end of February.


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About the Author

Miles Shepherd

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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