UK Project Management Roundup


By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK


The past year has seen some exciting projects complete.  The most high profile events were the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics.  The former showed the world what many observers consider that we do best, major state occasions combined with old fashioned ceremonial.  The Olympics, which covered two sporting extravaganzas when the Paralympics are taken into account, was a high risk programme with several unusual features.  Against this background, other projects attracted far less attention than they might otherwise receive.


As many visitors to UK will know, HM The Queen commands great respect and affection in UK and the Commonwealth so the celebrations to mark her Diamond Jubilee were always going to be spectacular.  Members of the Royal Family undertook engagements all over the world as part of these events but the main celebrations took place in UK over the weekend of 2 – 5 June.

Events included many local street parties, entirely informal but all projects in their own right and most seem to have been successful – perhaps the result of close cooperation of project teams.  Risks were many and various but the one constant was the threat of poor weather and the weekend british-forceswas marked by torrential rain.  Most local parties went off successfully, including our own local party which coped admirably with a torrential downpour while British Forces in Afghanistan also managed to mark the occasion (see photo right).

More widely, the National events were notably successful.


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About the Author

miles shepherdflag-ukMILES 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 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 committees that are developing new ISO 21500 Guidelines 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].