Project Managing a Trip of a Lifetime – Ursula Pretsch to tell her unique story in Edinburgh on 18 October


7 September 2012 – Edinburgh, Scotland – The APM Scotland Branch will feature a unique and fascinating project story on 18 October 2012, when Ursula Pretsch will describer her around-the-world adventure.  The theme for the evening presentation and meeting is “Colour, chaos, culture: project managing the trip of a lifetime.”  The event will be held at the Royal Scots Club, 29-30 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh.

Ursula Pretsch was a senior project manager with the Scottish Courts Service when she decided to take time out and travel the world. Covering 4 continents, 4 diaries and 9,362 photographs she project managed an experience that most people put off until retirement – and then never achieve.

Starting out with a one-way ticket to India, Ursula relied on her traditional project management skills of planning, cost control and change management to realise her dream. The journey took her to a total of 17 countries and lasted 2 years.

A project is characterised as a unique and temporary organisation that requires planning, control and the delivery of products to agreed quality criteria. Why should an ‘Around The World’ trip be different?

  • The project was delivered not quite to plan – repeatedly the issue of impression overload arose given the wealth, intensity and richness of impressions that turned into a general assault on all senses
  • Cost control, budgeting and financial management were challenged by liquidity when trekking in the mountains miles from an ATM, and in constant pricing negotiations for absolutely anything, from bananas to taxi fares
  • Scope creep pushed its way past change control in month four. After all, how much control do you really need to apply before you negatively impact on the desired benefits of this kind of undertaking?

With a light-hearted approach, Ursula will explore the practical aspects of project management as applied to a trip full of colours, chaos and cultural surprises.  However, this presentation is also a demonstration of how traditional project management techniques increasingly find practical application in less traditional project management environments than construction, IT or civil engineering.

The evening’s activities begin with registration, buffet and networking at 6:00 p.m.  Ursula’s presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.; the event will end at 8:00 p.m.  The evening is free to APM members or £10 for others.  For more information or to book a seat, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/colour-chaos-culture-project-managing-trip-lifetime

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, 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