New SIG chairman elected

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Posted by APM on 13th Apr 2013

The outgoing Chair, Adrian Pyne presented the report for the year 2012-2013 which can be seen below:

Message from Merv Wyeth, ProgM Chair 2013-14

I am rather chuffed to have been elected as Chair of the Programme Management SIG - ProgM for short, and to be successor to Adrian Pyne, who is stepping back rather than down, and will continue to work with the ProgM committee. These shoes are big ones to fill, and I do recognise the achievements of Adrian, and Paul Rayner before him, in building this community of practice to what it is today.

Programme Management is all about the co-ordination and management of projects and change management activities to achieve beneficial change. This will only occur with appropriate leadership, drive and commitment and a good team. ProgM now has a formidable committee in place, which are more than capable of building on our mission statements of promoting the science and discipline programme management and creating a professional forum whereby members can share and exchange information & knowledge.

ProgM does have a membership of over 3,400 members, spread around the UK, as well as worldwide, with our ambassadors operating in pretty much every sector where programme management exists.

I see my role as Chair to be inclusive in nature - bringing the team together, creating space for dialogue and agreeing the way forward. I will, of course, be blending a little prophet and storyteller type roles into the mix as they are a key part of my distinctive leadership style.

At the recent Volunteers Forum, where I was pleased to represent both ProgM and Benefits Management SIGs, I challenged my colleagues to increase the use of learning technologies at events. In this way we are able to enhance engagement with members, organisations and other stakeholders and achieve a better return on investment from the many events that APM holds.

I, personally, am not satisfied with holding discreet events, which as many will know, can be extremely entertaining for the members who happen to be lucky enough to attend, but which contribute little to the development of standards and guidelines in programme management.

So, we will be holding a compelling mix of edutaining events across the length and breadth of the land; with a clear emphasis on supporting members in local Branches and Chapters - even if they do happen to be in Hong Kong! These will be physical, virtual and hybrid events - including more breakfast - supper events with our colleagues at the AIPM in Australia. Our events will be inclusive in nature and genuine opportunities for learning, networking and CPD.

We intend to work closely with complementary SIGS and Branches to support APMs Five Dimensions of Professionalism. As a SIG we will improve the way we capture and share knowledge, support development and recognise achievements all the while sign-posting the PPM, and wider community to our prize assets people and knowledge.

And we want to hear all about your own successes and failures in Programme Management. We really cannot afford to keep making the same old school-boy errors. Sharing knowledge and experience is how we will learn!

So, we will be holding a strategy planning session in a month or so, and would be delighted to hear from you between now and then - your contribution and ideals will be vital in helping us to shape a great future for programme management.

Merv Wyeth Chairman, ProgM SIG

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