On the 15th of July at their new offices at the Hub, Aztec West Bristol, Atkins Global kindly hosted 46 members and guests for a presentation by David Bright of the Project and Programme Assurance Specific Interest Group.
David started his presentation by describing the role of Specific Interest Groups and how they endeavour to provide a forum for discussing particular aspects of project and programme management and run a series of events to:
- share experience
- identify successes and problems within their chosen field
- examine existing and emerging tools and techniques
- hold meetings for members and their guests
David then went on to define what assurance was and how it could mean different things to different people.
The SIG was formed in 2008 with the aim of to be the centre of excellence within the APM for all issues connected with project and programme assurance. At the AGM in July 2010 a decision was made to rename to the Assurance SIG but this is yet to be ratified by the SIG Steering Group. The vision and mission of the SIG was presented together with the outputs members could expect from the SIG.
Many of the workstreams currently being worked on by the SIG were then presented to the audience which feed in to the SIG white paper which will form the basis of all future work from the SIG. David also presented an interesting set of slides showing the depth and breadth of assurance and how it affects every aspect of project and programme management. There was also an interesting section on managing high risk projects and the National Audit Office view.
The ongoing work of the SIG and its future events were followed by a lively question and answer session before the audience showed their appreciation of Davids talk.
The committee and the guests would like to extend their thanks to David Bright for taking the time to present to the branch and would also like to thank Atkins Global for hosting the event.