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On 22nd September 2010 Heathrow Chapter delegates were given a presentation on professionalising project planning by Ashley Prail, global head of PMO services at Turner & Townsend.

Ashley's presentation posed the question: Whatever happened to 'plan the work, work the plan'? In recent years it seems as if the quality of the planning service has gone backwards.  

Topics headings included:

  • The planning community
  • Their professional body
  • Competence framework
  • Formal training and qualifications
  • Some examples of bad practice
  • Some examples of good practice
  • What can we do to promote the profession.

The presentation can be viewed by clicking the link below.


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  1. Alex Davis
    Alex Davis 08 November 2010, 01:16 PM

    Sue,thank you for posting the Heathrow Chapter's presentation online. Just to let you know, the APM's planning SIG is about to publish a scheduling maturity model as a White Paper. Any comments you have on this paper would be welcomed before it is submitted for Peer Review next year. The SIG is also looking to review the Introduction to Planning mentioned in Ashley's presentation, with a view to ensuring that sufficient information is contained within it, so it may be used as part of a move towards a planning qualification; allied to this is a need to ask the membership if they need a planning qualification and how this could be delivered. In addition, if you, or any other chapters, require presentations on the work of the Planning SIG and what knowledge we intend to deliver in the coming months, please let one of the Planning SIG commitee know. We would be more than happy to help.