APM Scottish Conference 2014

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Posted by APM on 25th Apr 2014

20|20 Business InsightThe 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was the inspiration behind this years APM Scottish Conference sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight.

Delegates at the event, now in its fifth year, heard from a number of inspirational speakers including two directly involved with organising and broadcasting the 2014 Games.

Attendees heard not only about the projects of infrastructure, transportation and venue management needed to host such an event but also juggling the elements of volunteers, sports awareness, access and legacy.

Herv Rey, is the man in charge of all temporary infrastructures across 45 competition and non competition venues at the Games in his role as head of overlay for Glasgow 2014.

APM Scottish Conference 2014Herv said: I have been involved in all stages of projects from inception to completion, carried out various responsibilities and enjoyed each new challenge. I appreciate working in this dynamic and ever-changing environment, on large projects where pressure is steady and deadlines are non-negotiable."

He stressed the need to get the human resources right when undertaking such projects getting the right people on board and finding the right people to develop the job successfully.

Understanding and promoting people was also a theme of the talk by Stephen Carver, lecturer and consultant in project and programme management at Cranfield University School of Management.

He gave a talk on successful project management through story telling.

Describing projects as deeply emotional things he told practioners to Play up the people side of those involved in your project, as it is people that we are interested in.

Head of broadcast operations for Glasgow 2014, Tony Gavin, explained how the Broadcast Operations group is responsible, through the host broadcasters (Sunset & Vine and Global TV), for producing and distributing unbiased television and radio signals of the games.

Delegates were told the scale of the project and the work involved to get the games onto our TV screens and feed back to the 71 countries within the Commonwealth who want to take the rights.

We engage with the rights holders and try to accommodate their wishes as best we can. We strive to get a balance on the sporting schedule for each country involved.

Other speakers on the day included Donnie MacNicol, consultant, trainer and founder of Team Animation Ltd who spoke on stakeholder management; Rhona Shepherd, founder of Red Sky Management on what can be learned from sport programmes and business consultancy; David Stewart, managing director of Taynuilt Associates Ltd on the Scottish police reform programme and Matt Taylor, an international higher purpose performance coach on creating high energy project teams with inspiring leadership.

Roger Walker, chairman of the APM Scotland branch had opened the conference earlier by dedicating it to the memory of former APM chairman Mike Nichols, who sadly passed away in December 2013.

On closing the conference he said he believed three key things had come out of the day people, communication and leadership.

He told delegates to think positively in order to succeed and to think about what their projects legacy will be.

Drawing on the APM vision of a world where all projects succeed he said: Surely we can create our own little worlds where all projects have a significantly greater chance of succeeding. And if we do nothing else from today, positive thinking and a positive attitude would be a good place to start.

For a round up of the Scottish Conference read the June edition of Project magazine.

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