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14 March 2017
18:00 - 20:00
The Auditorium in the Forum
  • 2017-03-14 18:00:00 2017-03-14 20:00:00 Europe/London What the reviewer sees Please ensure you book your space on this event through the APM website. The Auditorium in the Forum
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East of England branch

Auditorium in The Forum, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

The best way to avoid the truth is to avoid project reviews – it also helps to avoid delivery! 

These reviews are, or at least should be, exercises in identifying those things which may hinder the successful delivery of a project or programme and then making recommendations to address them. As such, they can be of the greatest assistance to the programme/project manager who 'carries the can' for non-delivery.

The should be is because reviews are sometimes a 'last resort' when problems may be irreparable … which can be avoided by planned reviews at key points of the work. That should be also reflects nominalism where reviews are not truly independent but are carried out to tick a box.

Based on numerous (anonymised!) reviews of public and private sector projects, the killer problems will be identified and discussed. The most frequently given recommendations will also be described. Reasons why people avoid reviews will also be touched on and countered.

We are getting quite good in some areas of programme/project management whilst others still receive scant attention. Some areas are also more significant in determining successful delivery, whilst problems in other areas have limited impact.

As in reviews themselves, this presentation will concentrate on those things which impact delivery to the greatest extent. Whilst accepting that “greatest extent” is not an objective measure, this presentation should encourage attendees to build regular independent reviews into their plans and increase their chances of successful delivery.

Charles Willbe is an accredited MPA High Risk Gateway™ Review Team Leader. He has presented widely on a variety of topics, provided project management training and has had several articles published as well as being an active contributor to the work of APM. Since 2003, Charles has successfully undertaken varied project, programme and portfolio management assignments, from mentoring via QA to advice and “hands-on” responsibility. Prior to 2003, he worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 25 years in various roles.

His alter ego the Project Assassin may also attend.

This event is suitable for professionals with all levels of experience.

Previous presentations and webinars can be viewed on the Resources page of the APM website.



APM Body of Knowledge reference

Section Description
3.6.1 P3 Assurance

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