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23 March 2017
18:00 - 20:00
University of Cumbria
  • 2017-03-23 18:00:00 2017-03-23 20:00:00 Europe/London Uncommon sense in project management Please ensure you have booked onto this event via the APM website. University of Cumbria
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North West branch

University of Cumbria in Lancaster, Bowerham Road, LancasterLA1 3JD

Why do projects fail? The standard question that elicits the same answer now that it did thirty years ago - lack of planning, scope creep...

When we demonstrate simple ways of addressing these failings we often hear people say ‘it’s just common sense, isn’t it? So, if it is common sense why doesn’t everyone use it? Perhaps it isn’t common after all.

Common sense, defined as "sound judgment derived from experience rather than study," is one of the most revered qualities in the world. People with common sense are seen as reasonable, down to earth, reliable, and practical.

But here's the catch. Common sense is neither common nor sense. There's not a whole of sound judgment going on these days (though whether it is worse than in the past, I can't be sure), so it's not common. If common sense was common, then most people wouldn't make the kinds of decisions they do every day. People wouldn't buy stuff they can't afford. They wouldn't smoke cigarettes or eat junk food. They wouldn't gamble. And if you want to get really specific and timely, politicians wouldn't be tweeting pictures of their private parts to strangers. In other words, people wouldn't do the multitude of things that are clearly not good for them.

If you are curious and you want to spend an evening laughing, come and join Richard and Martin who will look at how you, or even better ‘we’, can deliver better projects.

Pre requisites for the evening: this session is not for the faint hearted  - you will need a sense of humour and a bucket of curiosity.

Martin Wells

Two degrees in nuclear physics and a love of technology are an unlikely foundation for a career helping people to learn about how to get more from their lives (as well as in project management). But that has been Martin’s route to a varied career embracing several universities, nuclear submarines, cancer support, automotive manufacturing and railways.  

His immediate question to you is what is the similarity in the two photographs below?

         Pompeii                                                                                                     McDonalds


Richard Preston

Richard’s career path looks a bit more conventional - Engineering Science and Economics degree, automotive equipment manufacturing, building chemical plant before a move into higher education and learning.  Ever since he has been exercising and agitating people with his favourite question ‘Why are we doing it like this?’ and then helping them do it better.  And in 2012  for services to the profession he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the APM.

His question is what is the difference between the two photos below?

Charactacus Potts breakfast machine                                                                           Frying pan


This event is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.

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APM Body of Knowledge reference

Section Description
1.1.1 Project management

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