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APM Scottish Project Challenge 2012-13

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Posted by APM on 23rd Aug 2012

Each year the APM Scotland Branch holds a project management competition for teams of students, graduates or young project managers. The competition provides teams with a useful opportunity to work through the complete life cycle of a project from conception to close-out.

Each team consists of between 3-6 people who work together to prepare and develop a project of their choice, based on the challenge theme, Innovation while Raising Money for Charity. Teams are required to report on each stage of the project lifecycle and to prepare a presentation to showcase their findings at a Finals night event, to be held in Aberdeen on Thursday 28th March 2013.


This year, it is anticipated that several first stage submissions will be entered across Scotland, with four teams advancing to the final stage and going on to deliver their project. These four teams will be allocated a budget within which to deliver the project and will also benefit from the support of an experienced mentor. The four finalists will present their project outcomes during the Project Challenge 2012-2013 Finals Night when a winning team will be chosen by a judging panel of Project Managers from industry, and awarded their prizes.

The winners of Project Challenge 2011-2012 were a team of five RGU students (pictured): Abu Hussain, Dani McCarthy, Morton Park, Samuel Slesser and Yemisi Komolafe, emerged victorious after completing their final project challenge, raising 1,678.92 for the Grampian Autistic Society (GAS).

The students were one of four shortlisted teams for the finals in Glasgow, and faced tough competition in the last stages of the challenge from fellow finalists from Heriot Watt University, Selex Galileo and Wood Group PSN.

Abu Hussain, Project Manager of the RGU team reflected:

"Taking part in the challenge has been a huge commitment and we have put in a lot of hard work in addition to our course studies over the last five months. The challenge gave us a great opportunity to practice and implement the theories we were learning from the MSc Project Management. The challenge proved that project management methodologies can be incorporated into any area of business, including charity based events."

Winning Project Manager in the inaugural Project Challenge of 2010-2011, Christopher Gordon, Project Controls Graduate at Wood Group PSN, is now on the Project Board for Project Challenge 2012- 2013 and tells us about his experiences:

"The APM Scottish Project Challenge is most definitely a fantastic opportunity for students and graduates. Having won the inaugural challenge in 2011 and after being on the Project Board for the 2011/12 and now 2012/13 event, I have witnessed first-hand, the benefits of such an opportunity.  

My advice to potential team entrants for the 2012-2013 challenge would be to grab the chance with both hands and get involved. Being able to apply knowledge gained from experience and to relate this to the APM Body of Knowledge to deliver against the project set will be key to the challenge. This is a highly employable skill and one that the project managers of the future could learn through this challenge."

If you would like to enter a team or find out more about the Project Challenge, please email deborah.sin@apm.org.uk. Candidates are able to start work on their proposal as soon as they like with a final deadline for submissions of Friday 7th December 2012.



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