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Lessons from lockdown webinar

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As the UK began to address the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the resulting lockdown has had a huge impact on the way we work. The last months have seemed like a lifetime and we’ve had to change at a pace and scale we would not have previously anticipated or even considered workable. 

Our professional lives have had to be rapidly reassessed: some of us have been furloughed, others are finding that remote and flexible working is the norm rather than an outlier; only 30% of UK employees ever worked from home during 2019, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).  Our personal lives and caring responsibilities have become more complex in a short space of time.  As we work from home whether in a corner of the living room, a spare bedroom or a dedicated home office with or without interruptions from family or pets we wonder about our previous ideas over work-life balance.  Our emerging ‘new normal’ is different and we don’t yet understand what a next ‘new normal’ might look like: we know what we are going through is emergent change while we are still improving our understanding of COVID-19 epidemiology and its total impact. 

A team of experienced project managers who will be familiar to many of you: Sarah Coleman, Vicki Griffiths, Ian Cribbes and Tim Lyons began to gather and collate stories, research, reflections and insight drawn from the P3M community under the heading Lessons from Lockdown.  This webinar content presented on Tuesday 8 September 2020 provides a summary of their findings and posed the question “where do we go from here?”


Ian Cribbes FAPM supposes that his first encounter with project management was in 1978 when he was part of a small team designing and commissioning a, then, state of the art, Systems Simulator for the brand-new Lynx helicopter which was coming into service with the British Army.

Life soon morphed into project management where he was tasked with the design and installation of a multi-media instructional solution for the Technical Academy with circa 3,500 trainees. Following this he became involved in a wide range of projects covering marine and aerospace equipment in Saudi Arabia. His last role in Saudi Arabia was as one of the senior programme managers covering a major upgrade to the Tornado aircraft on behalf of the Royal Saudi Air Force. 

On return to the UK in late 2012 he formed his own consultancy company (IMC&T Ltd). Under this umbrella he has worked with a wide range of organisations from the aerospace industry, defence organisations, Business / Financial Think Tank, higher educational establishments, central and local government departments, Grade 1 Listed Church conservation and reordering.

Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to be involved in projects ranging from quite small to those in the multi-billion-pound range.

Ian is one of the founding members of the Stakeholder Engagement Focus Group (part of the APM People SIG) and has recently been re-elected as the APM People SIG secretary.


Webinar resources

Jon has very kindly allowed his presented material to be made available for viewing. The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.

This webinar is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.



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APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

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Engagement and influence
Virtual teams
Organisational culture



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