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APM North West Branch Conference 2015 - Behavioural Competence

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The North West branch of APM held their 2015 full day conference at AstraZeneca's (AZ) Alderley Park site in Cheshire on 12th October 2015.  This year's topic was Behavioural Competence with a theme based around the nine competence domains set out in the APM Competence Framework (1st edition) closing with a brief introduction to the 2nd edition.

The aim of the conference was to provide delegates with further insight into the nature and practical application of the key behavioural competences that are essential for successful project, programme and portfolio management. 13 speakers joined over 60 delegates and employees of AZ for an energetic and well managed conference.  Branch Chair, Phil Hardy opened up the conference by welcoming the guests and set the theme for the day which started in earnest with a presentation by Julian Smith, APM's Head of External Affairs.  Details of the speakers and their presentations can be viewed below.

Julian Smith - Julian in his presentation explored how to frame and present projects effectively using insights gained from over 20 years of experience in high level politics and communication.

Ann Chueng looked at how behaviour impacts every aspect of project delivery starting with an interactive session that can be viewed either on SlideShare or below.

The conference then divided into two session with Matthew Pendagast leading a presentation on how Turner and Townsend deliver the multi award winning £16M Creative Edge building from inception to completion in 11 months with Richard Taylor giving an insight into the Eurofighter helmet mounted syumbology system in the main auditorium. Unfortunately Richard's presentation is not available.

Branch Treasurer, Kevin Kane gave an insight into the professionalism and ethics in a globalised world in particular in relation to project management professionals and the APM.

Two further independent and very lively sessions followed Kevin with the double act of Simon Green and Steve Dineen presenting on the future for leadership and development in project management and Eileen Roden running a lively interactive session on 'Please behave'.

Dean Sumner maintained the theme of the day with a delivery on communication and what does it mean to you.

Ian Stewart talked about negotiation and conflict resolution in project management just before the afternoon break.

Alan Cheung was able to deliver from his knowledge of behavioural management a presentation on Behavioural leadership - a way of life.
To finish what was a very successful and educational conference, APM's Colin Mackenzie gave an overview of the 2nd edition of the Competence Framwork and a new qualification which is being introduced very shortly.


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