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Preparing for projects in a Post-Pandemic World webinar series

Making strategic decisions is a fundamental skill for leaders and managers. Now, more than ever, making appropriate strategic decisions has never been more difficult. Discovery-led decision-making addresses this challenge by providing a framework for making sound decisions in an uncertain world. Based on the core concepts of Framing, Testing and Scaling, this approach ensures that efforts are focused where the need is greatest, that interventions are tested, evaluated and revised and that successful initiatives are effectively rolled out across the business.

Discovery-led decision-making is a framework that builds on an agile approach to project management – specifically:

  • It articulates a more dynamic, fluid approach to strategy which aligns with agile project management;
  • It suggests that there are actually three different types of sprint, depending on the type of decision-making required to move things forward.

The webinar presented on Wednesday 8 April 2020 considered how this approach can be applied, to how initiatives are managed in several sectors being confronted with confusion and turbulence.


Webinar resources

Ben has very kindly allowed his presented material to be made available for viewing.

The webinar recording on YouTube is now available and is also embedded below for reference.

The audience engaged during the webinar using Mentimeter presentation software and their responses are available to view.

This webinar is suitable for professionals with an intermediate level of experience.


Ben Shenoy is co-author of Strategic Decision Making: A discovery-led approach to critical choices in turbulent times. Ben is a Visiting Professor of Psychological & Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics (LSE), and also visiting faculty at Duke Corporate Education. He holds a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from Harvard Business School.

Ben is a lapsed systems engineer, a recovering management consultant and a practising behavioural scientist. Inspired by his varied background, spanning academia and practice, Ben explores & decodes behavioural science for organisations adapting to wicked times.

Ben has applied his expertise through executive education and advisory work, teaching programmes on leadership, decision-making, communication, organisational change & innovation at Harvard, LSE and Duke Corporate Education. He can be found online at @PsySleuth.


Amplify Strategy Execution Software for benefits-led portfolio management.

Previously, during a 25-year police service career, Merv Wyeth performed a mix of operational and support roles, including PPM and business change and developed his passion for benefits management.He is a Better Business Case, Open Strategies and Managing Benefits practitioner.

Merv is Secretary and communications lead to Association for Project Management Benefits and Value Specific Interest Group, and a fellow of APM. He is a co-facilitator on the Government Project Delivery Community Network (GovPDC) and the lead for PMI UK Digital Events Team.


Jonathan Norman has 30 years’ exp
Since 2017, Jonathan has managed the Major Projects Knowledge Hub on behalf of the Major Projects Association and facilitates a wide range of events and activities around the knowledge repository and community of practice it supports.



APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

Section Description


Operations management
Strategic management
Benefits management



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