APM Scotland Branch held two events in February on consecutive nights in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The theme of the event was the same for both nights APM for Beginners (but not just beginners!)
This arose from a branch event planning meeting whereby it was felt that sometimes the message of what the APM fundamentally offers in terms of Membership and Qualifications can be often overlooked by the community in favour of targeted events, SIGS and professionally delivered topics. While these events are welcomed and well attended, giving the community a crash-course on the APM as both an introduction and a reminder to what we offer was a worthwhile challenge.
The event speakers were Dr Munther Mahsoub ( MAPM, RPP ), a senior training provider with 20|20 who spoke about the levels of qualifications, awards and standards which the APM offer and how these are being re-aligned in the new proposals going forward in 2014. Nick Jones of the APM Membership Development team complimented the evening by discussing the membership levels and opportunities as well as giving a broader introduction to the APM in general and how it fits into the world of Project Management. Both evenings were supported formally by the APM Scotland Branch Committee.
The Blythswood Hotel in Glasgow hosted the first nights event and was well attended by around 40 people from the PM community ranging from junior and graduate PMs through to Director and Portfolio managers. Edinburghs historic Royal Scots Club paid host to around 35 people on the second evening, where the same presentations were given to our Eastern PM Communities.
Feedback from both events was positive with experienced project directors finding it as helpful and intuitive as graduates and professionals new to the PM industry. As someone who has very recently joined APM the talks were perfect for me. Furthermore all speakers came across as very approachable and they were extremely helpful. The key feedback points were that the event was well presented and easy to digest. Attendees also commented on the knowledge of the speakers and the availability of information at the events. The Scotland Branch committee members were on hand to facilitate networking and also to speak about their own experiences. As we are pan-sector and range from PM newbies to seasoned professionals we were able to connect with many participants and offer advice and suggestions for career development using the APM qualifications framework and volunteer opportunities available.
The theme of these evenings was summed up by veteran project management professional Dr Munther Mahsoub (MAPM, RPP) who said RPP is not a qualification. It is a standard we should all be working towards.
These events also promoted the Scottish Conference 2014 where the Personal Best theme will showcase the work of some of Scotlands leading project management professionals. The Commonwealth Games provides a framework for presentations focussing on the diverse projects necessary for successful delivery of the Games. These are supported by presentations from experienced and charismatic PM professionals who will share their unique insights and best practice tips. As with all of the CPD events offered by Scotland Branch, the conference represents an important opportunity to connect with critical information, resources and people whom you may not otherwise meet. We look forward to seeing you there!