UK Project Management Round Up


By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK



It does not matter whether you live in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the world, but it would be hard to miss the two projects that have dominated the news media as well as social conversations. This was demonstrated to me when I got to Anchorage, in Alaska. I hoped I was far enough away from UK to miss coverage of both but was doomed to disappointment.

Nevertheless, despite the tedium of what many would think excessive and intrusive press coverage, the birth of a daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a very happy event for them and the nation, and the conclusion of a project of sorts.

The other ‘project’ is the General Election. We are now obliged to hold these events every 5 years, under the current legislation. Gone are the days of tottering Governments, backroom deals struck between politicians and any one of various groups of power brokers such as the Unions, big business or minority parties. Nowadays, we just get poorly estimated legislation schedules, with Parliament twiddling its high priced thumbs for several months towards the end of the scheduled period. I was horrified to learn that CNN is running a series of special broadcasts to provide international visibility of the events to the wider world. As BBC, Sky and ITN are providing wall-to-wall coverage at home, it seems there is nowhere safe, not even at 25,000 feet over the coast of Canada as the airline I used even had internet connection and power sockets!

I’ll come back to the Election shortly but this report will be looking at 4 main topics: power generation, election impacts, project problems and project opportunities.


Ever a problem in UK, to say nothing of the rest of the world, providing adequate power at affordable prices does not get any easier. One of the main issues in UK is the closure of some ‘smokey’ coal fired power stations before the next generation of power producers is in place. Current plans in the short term rely on other forms of fuel including bio mass and oil while those of an environmental turn of mind look to renewables such as wind, solar and wave generation to fill the gap before the longer term solutions emerge. These longer term plans rely on two key approaches: more efficient and less obtrusive renewables or nuclear. I will hold the renewables for another report but the problems of nuclear seem to be increasing on an almost daily basis.


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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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