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Thames Valley Project management challenge 2012 winners: Suddy Brilliant from Thales

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Thames Valley branch held its first Project management challenge competition this year the theme for which was sustainability. Four teams went through to the finals, held in Reading on 6th March, where they presented their projects to an audience of over ninety guests, including corporate members who supported the event by taking tables and joining in the voting for the best presentation.

Suddy Brilliant from Thales was the winning team. Ed Hubbard, their project manager said:

"The team volunteered to take part in the APM project challenge with little knowledge of what it would entail and limited experience of Project Management.

Having brainstormed a number of sustainability initiatives
, such as electricity and gas, the team decided on reducing water consumption, which is a key part of Thales UKs sustainability strategy. As a company, Thales UK has been very successful in driving down water consumption. However, this downward trend in water consumption has not been mirrored at the Weybridge site. Foam soap was identified as a solution as research has shown that replacing liquid soap with foam soap leads to a reduction in water and soap consumption. In addition we wanted to educate the Weybridge employees on Thales water sustainability targets.

The team carried out project planning, implementation, metric collection and reporting in four distinct phases. Risk, opportunity, stakeholder and subcontract management were also carried out throughout the project. Key leadership lessons and experience of official project governance were especially beneficial to prospective Project Managers. The APM project challenge provided the team with an opportunity to take full responsibility for a live project, an activity that would not normally be possible during the very early stages of a project management career".

This competition will be run in 2012/13. Detailsof the competition will be available on these pageslater in 2012 and entries will be invitedin the autumn.

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