Thursday 3 November proved to be more than a 'rumble in the jungle' as 7 teams openly fought each other, through the medium of presentation I quickly add, to get through to the final stages of this year's APM Wessex Branch Project Management Challenge.
The teams represented BAE Systems (apprentices) and Bournemouth & Southampton Universities (students). Making presentations of up to 10 minutes, followed by 5-minutes Q&A with the project board, each team handled themselves well even though for some English was not their first language.
Five of the presentations are attached with the other two regrettably unable to be shared publicly.
After the presentations the project board excused themselves to undertake their deliberations during which time James Lesingham, a 4th Year student at Bournemouth University, shared with everyone his current consultancy project, the organising of a conference for the APM Programme Management SIG (Specific Interest Group) in March 2017.
Upon concluding their deliberations project board lead Richard Scott, NATS, advised that 5 teams would be moving on to receive funding and mentoring as they sought to deliver their projects. 2 teams from BAE Systems, 2 from Bournemouth University and 1 from Southampton University were those chosen.
As some celebrated whilst others reflected on the disappointment all evaporated into the cold autumnal night to face whatever lies ahead.
The finals night is on Thursday 16 March at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, home to Hampshire County Cricket Club. See you there?
Article written by Committee member Russel Jamieson