A significant role of the APM community, made up of Branches and Specific Interest Groups (SIGs), is to provide high quality events that are accessible to all levels of our membership.
These events offer opportunities to members to network, make connections and learn about the latest developments in project, programme and portfolio management as well as helping them with their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
The SIGs have a number of upcoming conferences and events which you may be interested in attending.
Project Assurance - what could it do for you?
On 23 November the Assurance SIG will be holding its annual conference, 'Project Assurance - what could it do for you?' in London. This event will elaborate on what effective project assurance looks like, how to assess whether an assurance programme meets your needs and what value does it add.
The conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners in renowned organisations, to understand how they deliver project assurance in a practical way, and how they measure the effectiveness of their activities. Presenters will share the principles, best practices, and value of assurance within the project environment.
The conference provides the ideal forum for attendees to network in a common interest group to gain practical knowledge, insights and solutions. Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss, challenge and influence future developments in the field of project assurance through a series of facilitated workshops. The keynote speaker is Joanne Bradshaw, Fraud, Error & Debt Programme Director & Head of the DWP Project Delivery Profession.
Risk capability for the new Victorian Age
The Risk SIG’s annual conference will, interestingly, look at how well projects were delivered in the Victorian age. UK investment in infrastructure projects has reached record levels for recent times, and this is commonly compared to the era of the great Victorian infrastructure projects. With this investment, and the high profile of many of the megaprojects, has come the question "why don't we appear to deliver projects as well as the Victorians?"
However, Brunel's Thames Tunnel was de-scoped and over budget. The Great Western Railway was built on a different gauge to the rest of the network, driving up costs for operation. Even Bazelgette's London sewer network has been argued to be an example of an over-specified project, locking in funding that could have been better spent elsewhere.
Managing risk is a critical factor in successful project delivery – failure to understand project risk is a key shortcoming. Learn from the best and brightest in both the practical and theoretical aspects of risk management at the event entitled ‘Risk capability for the new Victorian Age’, London, 25 January 2018. Jeremy Harrison, HS2 Risk and Assurance Director will be the keynote speaker.
Those with an interest in programme management may like to book their diaries for the APM Programme Management SIG annual conference, Programmes Demystified, to be held on 15 March 2018 in Bristol. This conference will clarify and set in context the significance of programme management and its application within increasingly complex, diverse and challenging arenas for both programme management practitioners and non-practitioners alike. Speakers will be sharing best practice, real life experience and promoting thought leadership – with takeaways for everyone to use in programme delivery.
Join some of the professions’ leading programme practitioners to help demystify programmes, share insights, ideas and techniques.