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Louise Benwell, Avtar Virdee, Kate Ho, Adrian Pyne
Waterfall, Agile or Hybrid – what’s the right approach?

Runtime 🕑 59 mins

Louise Benwell, Associate Director, Turner and Townsend

Louise leads the project controls team with Turner and Townsend in Scotland. With 12 years’ experience in the railway industry, Louise has worked on many large scale, multi-disciplinary rail improvement programmes both in Scotland and Sydney, Australia.

She has spent significant time working in a construction environment and loves getting out of the office back to site. Her core specialisms lie in planning and scheduling and performance reporting. Louise is an expert in earned value management and is accredited to deliver the APM foundation and practitioner courses. Louise forms part of the APM Scotland committee.  

Avtar Virdee, Vice President of Solution Architecture, Barclays

Avtar is a Vice President of Solution Architecture at Barclays. He has worked in commercial IT settings for 25 years for organisations across multiple business domains and of varying sizes. His career started early, writing code for small software houses, before writing degree courses in Software Engineering whilst researching emergent technologies and interconnected systems, to working as an Enterprise Solution Architect for multi-national Systems Integrators and user facing organisations.

As an Architect who has worked in environments ranging in size from small teams of 2-3 people to deliveries with several hundred people using numerous methodologies. Avtar has often had to “bridge the gap” between technical, delivery and business stakeholders and facilitate a dynamic that fits people, organisational culture, technological imperatives, business change and value realisation pressures.

Working within the CTO of Barclays, Avtar ensures that solutions and deliveries adhere to corporate governance, standards and toolsets whilst shaping future state models and technology adoption.

Kate Ho, Principal Product Manager, Skyscanner

Kate Ho is a principal product manager at Skyscanner, a global travel company that serves millions of travellers every day. Throughout her career, she has worked in various agile projects across a diverse set of industries; from public sector at the Scottish Government, to financial services at Sainsbury's Bank and FreeAgent, as well as running her own educational games startup.

Her academic background is in computer science, she navigated through academia with a BSc (Edinburgh), MSc (Manchester) and a PhD in Requirements Engineering at Edinburgh University.

Adrian Pyne, Director, Pyne Consulting Limited

Adrian is above all a project professional. He has led or rescued transformation programmes widely from Telcos to eCommerce, mining, aviation, and public sector. He has designed, built and operated P3 capability and PMOs, including professional services businesses.

His key skill is the adaptation of best practice successfully. In the last ten years his consultancy practice has focussed on two areas. Firstly, what he and colleagues call Organisational Project Management – the creation of an organisation culture that enables projects to thrive and not merely survive, or even die. Secondly, on agile project management which too many organisations get badly, and expensively, wrong.

Adrian has helped evolve P3 and PMOs through UK government standards, APM BoK6, the Gower Handbook of Programme Management (1st edition), and APM guides on agile governance and assurance. He is a visiting lecturer at Nottingham and Southampton University Business Schools.

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