Thames Valley Branch Project Challenge 2012-13

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Posted by APM on 6th Aug 2012

The second APM Thames Valley Branch Project Challenge is underway!

This Challenge provides teams of fledgling project managers with an opportunity to manage and deliver a project outside the work environment and in competition with their peers.

If your organisation would like to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to develop newer project managers then you are invited to enter a team (or teams) for this event which will run between 1st September 2012 and the end of March 2013, with the Finals night being held on 23rd April 2013.

The objective of the Challenge is to provide entrants with opportunities to: 

 develop, practice and apply their project management theory in a learning environment
 be mentored by and work alongside an experienced project professional
 practice both hard and soft skills within a real-life project management experience
 apply project management practice to deliver a solution
 develop  an understanding of the success criteria required to deliver a winning project
 develop the requisite qualities of an effective project manager
 to compete against other project managers across the Thames Valley region.

Please additionally see the Objectives & Rules in attached document 1.

The task for this years Project Challenge is to plan and deliver a project within the broad theme of Innovation.

Please see documents 5 & 6 attached, for Guidelines on choosing your project.

The key activities and dates are follows:



Organisations to form teams (3-6 people)

Upon receipt of this email

Confirm that you will be entering a team(s) for this years Project Challenge by return e-mail

By 31st August 2012

All teams to submit a robust Project Proposal using the attached template (document 7)

By 26th October 2012

Judging panel to review all Project Proposals and advise qualifying teams of progress to the next stage

By 2nd November 2012

All qualifying teams to submit their Interim Reports

By 21st December 2012

Judging panel to review Interim Reports and inform the teams of progress to the next stage

By 2nd January 2013

All teams implement their projects

2nd January 2013 30th March 2013

Project Teams submit their Final Project Reports for assessment by the judging panel

By 31st March 2013

Final Assessment:

- The Project Review Board reviews the project submissions and selects the winner(s) and the 4 teams to present their projects at Finals Night

1st -14th April 2013

Award ceremony held to present the winner(s) with their prizes

 23rd April 2013


We welcome inquiries from organisations considering fielding a team, or teams, to take part in this years Project Challenge as we are very keen for developing project managers to participate. If you need any further information, or would like to discuss the Challenge we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact Deborah Harrop at

The Thames Valley Project Challenge Final evening is sponsored by Heathrow.

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