Awards for South Wales project management students
Posted by Colin Baker on 14th Dec 2016
Prizes were received by Chidi Lawrence Ogbonna shown below, together with Mabedi Letsholo whose award was accepted on his behalf by Chris Lee the Course Leader as he could not attend the ceremony in person.
The University’s Project Management Masters Programme is accredited by the APM and is aimed to provide a deeper understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects in a project, programme and portfolio management environment whilst developing the essential skills and professional competences to deliver successful Projects.
The programme is designed to develop the student’s skills and leadership capabilities based upon current leading edge thinking and emerging research in the field of Project Management to benefit their Continued Professional Development. As part of the course the students work on real life projects to enhance their knowledge of Project Management tools and techniques as well as process-based methodologies to provide the necessary skills to advance in their current professional roles, or for some to gain more practical project experience.
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“There is only one cake,” I stated to the rather amused group in front of me. “And it’s only fair, if more than one person helped bake that cake, that they each get a slice of the cake.”
Many people think of an initiative in terms of “deliver the project” and then “realise the benefits”. I thought I would share an approach concerned with a business, or technical, “capability”, that focuses on use of the capability to realise the benefits.
On the evening of the 27th April at BAWA in Bristol, around 50 excited sponsors, customers, mentors and team members attended a very impressive Project Management Challenge Finals Night with four down-selected teams competing for the winner’s trophy. At the end of the night after four impressive presentations, the winning team was a collaborative team from AIRBUS in Filton and the University of the West of England, Team Fast and Curious, who delivered a project to their chosen charity, Jessie May, a Bristol based charity providing nursing care at home for children and young people with life limiting conditions who are not expected to live into adulthood. The team undertook to map out the current respite planning process, capturing inputs, outputs, procedures and resources as well as conducting market research to identify a viable solution for Jessie May, that resulted in a report that identified the top three solutions that will ultimately deliver a range of important benefits.
Following an earlier APM event held in Exeter (Avoiding conflict before it arises) several of us met on 7 September 2017 and chatted about the possibility of trying out a different, more informal type of event. Although APM regularly hosts talks, usually in Bristol and Plymouth, that do allow for networking opportunities we felt that an alternative format and venue could attract a different audience with more space for interaction.