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On Tuesday 26th November 2013 in the heart of Birmingham the APM Programme Management SIG (ProgM) staged “Delivering more for less: using programme management to achieve transformational change in times of austerity." The SIG had promised an event that weaved together the four ‘C’s’ theme namely collaboration, change, community and competence, drawing on a wealth of experience from across the public sector.

Merv Wyeth, ProgM Chair introduced the conference by describing how the event had been designed with the intention of providing delegates with a high return on their personal investment – i.e attendance and participation #eventroi. The big idea was that the day should be an enjoyable shared experience that offered an exceptional opportunity for learning, motivation and networking in the field of programme management. 

Time and space was built into the programme to enable the audience to interrogate (police were present), and otherwise question, speakers. They were also given the opportunity to vote electronically in polls on issues and questions that speakers posed, using the Sendsteps meeting tool, which offered additional insights into audience perception and sentiment which otherwise would have been lost.

On the day, a number of the speakers were recorded and so, whilst there has been a slight delay in reaching the publication stage, ProgM are now able to provide a series of slidecasts (PowerPoint presentations and audio stitched together), along with a separate audio version that can be downloaded as an MP3 file. We believe that such an approach creates a true ‘learning legacy’ from our conference proceedings, which in turn, will provide a platform for @amprogmsig to build on in 2014, as well as extending the overall programme management body of knowledge.

An index of the six slidecasts can be seen below. To view the material, simply click on the relevant speaker portrait in the interactive image below:


Eight to One: Scottish Police Reform Programme: David Stewart, Head of Business Change & Alan White Programme Support Manager, Police Service of Scotland 

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Researching & developing best practice for major collaborative change - Jim Dale, ProgM Secretary 

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NHS Change Model Rachel Hinde, NHS Improving Quality Delivery Team 

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Developing programme management capability Cathy Loughead, Corporate Change Manager for Leicestershire County Council


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Collaboration, sharing knowledge and improving delivery within local government Hilary Small, Principal Consultant at CITI


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Collaboration, sharing knowledge & improving delivery within the public sector Tim Ellis, Tri-borough Head of Portfolios and Head of Profession for PPM in Local Government


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Raising the Standard for Collaboration – delivering transformational collaborative change in austere times David E Hawkins, Operations Director & Knowledge Architect. BS11000 – the world’s first collaborative relationship management national standard 

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The Alliance: From concept to reality – Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police Paul Mason-Brown, Alliance Programme Director 

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For further information on the #apmmore4less conference go to “APM more for less: Reflections on the ProgM Conference” article. You can learn more about upcoming APM events here or ProgM activities by following us on @apmprogmsig



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  1. Edward Wallington
    Edward Wallington 07 January 2014, 07:42 PM

    Thanks all for the efforts in drawing this excellent resource together, and maximising the follow on learning and sharing from the ProgM Conference.  Also a great demonstration of integrated social media platforms!Regards,Ed 

  2. James Dale
    James Dale 20 December 2013, 08:16 PM

    Well done Merv, Anna and David for jointly crafting this very impressive 'post'.  It represents a comprehensive 'e' legacy of an excellent conference.  In posting audio with slideshare in this manner I believe you have raised the bar in the important areas of post event marketing and in helping to develop a learning organisation.  Happy Xmas  Jim