Capability to change the world
Posted by APM on 19th Aug 2015
Benefits management and project managers have the capability to change the world, according to educator, innovator and author Professor Eddie Obeng.
Professor Obeng opened the recent APM Benefits Summit 2015 that was hosted by the APM Benefits Management and APM Value Management specific interest groups (SIG), where a number of presentations were filmed by PM Channel.
He opened the summit by asking delegates why high-profile projects fail and if we are adapting to the ever changing world of projects and programmes.
Professor Obeng explored whether the principles and practices of benefits management could help in improving successful project outcomes.
Topics covered also included over-optimism in government projects, where Bridget Jones, audit manager at the National Audit Office, explained that there was a lack of decision makers and incentives from organisations that affect the performance of government projects.
Bridget provided some key findings from the National Audit Office’s highly-regarded reports to illustrate the consequences of over optimism, particularly in relation to benefits estimation and realisation.
The APM Benefits Summit took the opportunity to review the successes, failures and lessons learnt as well as looking at future plans for the profession, by sharing knowledge and demonstrating best practice.
If you missed the event, then you can catch up with other speaker presentation videos provided by PM channel which cover benefits and better business cases, improving benefits management at Sellafield Ltd, and agile programme management.
You also have the chance of uncovering the event's key learning points from a number of presentation write-ups.
The date for next year’s conference has been set for 23rd June 2016 in London.