Bloodhound's Richard Noble confirms correct PM skills prevent high costs [Video]

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Posted by APM on 6th Jul 2012

Creating a jet and rocket powered car that can hit 1,000mph in a matter of seconds isnt just about Britain retaining the land speed record, Bloodhound SSC provides a stimulating topic for schools with the aim to produce the next generation of engineers, scientists and project managers.

Speaking at the 2012 APM Conference in London Richard Noble OBE outlined the importance for his engineers to have a full understanding of project management, as it ultimately impacts project cost. Richard said: In our project we dont have managers, so everybody is doing their own project management. The problem is some are very good at it and some of them arent.

We have a very high level of fixed costs and all the time I drum into them the fact that if you make a mistake and we are delayed by one day then that is 12,000 gone. Richard stressed that in order to avoid this then everybody should be given the required project management skills.

Richard spoke in the Making it happen stream at the Art of the Possible themed conference alongside Sue Manley from Placemarque Ltd. Sue used the example of how a wayfinding project in Derby ensures people can find their way around the city without getting lost. The way Placemarque achieve this is consistency of message and keeping it simple, that way people will explore further, stay longer, spend more and come back.

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