UK Project Management Round Up


By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent 

Salisbury, England, UK


This has been another interesting month in the project world.  One of UK’s great project managers, Sir John Armitt, has published an important analysis of our infrastructure needs while the National Audit Office (NAO) has issued excoriating report on a major IT project and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been equally scathing about a crucial Defence project.  There have also been a number of interesting developments on the governance and ethical side.  We begin with a brief summary of some of the headlines in the UK Project World and then move on to the major stories of the month.


Aviation enthusiasts will have noted that the latest Bombardier aircraft has finally taken to the skies.  Strictly this is not a UK project but some parts are built in Belfast.  This plane, it is hoped, will break the commercial dominance of Airbus and Boeing but it has been beset by delays for the last 9 months.  The C Series is a single aisle 100 – 150 seat short haul aircraft competing head on in a market dominated by the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737.  The aircraft failed to appear at the Paris Airshow thus raising suspicions that the programme was in serious difficulties.  However, the Flight Test Vehicle made its maiden flight from Montréal – Mirabeau International Airport on 16th September in a 2 ½ hour flight.  According to Bombardier’s press release, was also the first flight for Pratt & Whitney’s new Geared Turbofan™ PurePower engine as part of an aircraft certification programme.


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About the Author

flag-ukmiles shepherdMILES 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 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].