Delivering change through agile mindset and behaviours, 28 February 2017, Belfast

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Posted by Catherine Bendell on 2nd Jan 2017

Dr Peter Parkes was invited to speak about agile management to delegates and guests of APM Northern Ireland branch at Queen’s University, Belfast on 28 February 2017.

Peter set the foundations for the talk and his new book with quotes on the importance of mindset to the delivery of projects, whether they be traditional ‘waterfall’ projects or ‘agile’ projects, from respective chairmen of the APM and the Agile consortium.

‘Highly engaging’ committee member Martin Murray

He then moved on root causes for failure in major projects from his experience as a government ‘Gateway’ reviewer for high risk projects overseen by the Treasury. He explained failure as not so much down to poor projects as a lack of; behavioural competencies in leadership, wider team integration, engagement with key stakeholders and knowledge and experience of techniques for transformation and change management.

‘As we have come to expect from Peter, a thorough understanding and explanation of theory and practice’ Mike Browne

His talk went on to describe through a mix of theory and case study how he went on to develop both the toolset of transformational change, and also using a group coaching approach employing his NLP toolset, emotional intelligence in individuals, high performance teams and effective leadership of change.

‘As usual, I found Peter’s talk both engaging and highly entertaining. As an RPP assessor, I found the approach of using the Emotional Intelligence framework to convey areas of behavioural competence very pragmatic ’ committee member John Arbuckle

Through his ability to answer and engage in a wide range of questions and discussion from the floor, alongside case studies and supporting comments, Peter demonstrated broad and deep understanding of the topic areas discussed, with learning points being taken in by even the most senior in the audience.

‘I Learned a lot in terms of approach’ Branch Chairman Gerry Coghlan

Gareth Galway from AECOM was lucky enough to win a copy of Peter’s book at the event.

On behalf of the APM, branch chairmen Gerry Coghlan thanked the speaker and awarded him a bottle of Irish single malt whiskey, and the Boys from Belfast escorted him back to his hotel for further questioning and some quality assurance.

As a former APM board member and Branch Chairman, Peter offered to repeat this talk on a voluntary basis to other regions and branches on request.

A copy of the presentation will follow shortly.

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