BoK7: 12 sections, 80 topics and one great knowledge resource

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“The way that the consultation process has worked with feedback and what they're planning to do in the future, shows that the APM is taking this topic very seriously, wants to engage with the membership and the community generally and is listening.”

Now to writing…

This was the way I ended the October blog post for the project to refresh the APM Body of Knowledge to the seventh edition.

Having spent the summer working on the structure and storyboards and processing a huge amount of feedback from APM’s specific interest groups and the wider membership, it feels good to be writing this having just assembled the full manuscript (well the words, not all the figures yet). The APM Body of Knowledge is based on the work of our writing team Darren Dalcher, Charles Mills, Tayyab Jamil, Dale Shermon and Phil Bradbury, supported for some topics by Sarah Coleman, Penny Pullan, Judy Payne and Amerjit Walia.

This collection of experienced practitioners, challenged by leading consultants and academics, has enabled me to assemble a practical yet well-researched manuscript.
We have four chapters with 12 sections and 80 topics. Once we’ve finished the glossary and cross referencing then we’ll be looking at approximately 50,000 words of foundational guidance for people who are interested in leading and delivering planned change through projects, programmes and portfolios more effectively – plus more than 150 carefully selected sources of recommended further reading.

As they say – now the devil is in the detail and we have lots of reviewing and improving the detail to do in the editorial team over the coming weeks, but I am pleased to say that having spent the last week assembling everything and editing, that I’m confident the manuscript will be delivered meeting the scope and quality requirements, on time and to budget.

Following a huge amount of work from the writing team and those who have taken part in the consultation, we’re on track to complete our work early next year, confident that the chartered profession will be supported with a great knowledge resource.

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Posted by Ruth Murray-Webster on 4th Dec 2018

About the Author

Ruth is currently Director, Change Portfolio and Group Head of Risk at Associated British Ports where, for 50% of her time, she is responsible for coordinating the approval and delivery of an ambitious portfolio of change to processes, systems, behaviours and ways of working. In the rest of her time Ruth provides leading-edge risk and change consultancy services via her company Potentiality UK.  Prior to this appointment, Ruth was Director of the Risk in the Boardroom practice for KPMG LLP following 10 years as a Director of Lucidus Consulting Ltd. Her work on risk appetite and risk attitude with David Hillson is widely published. Her doctoral research focused on the accomplishment of planned change from the perspective of the recipients of change rather than change agents. Ruth was awarded Honorary Fellowship of APM in 2013 for her contributions to risk and change.

Ruth will be Editor for the 7th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge.

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