Welcome to the Spring 2019 edition of the APM Enabling Change SIG newsletter

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Welcome to the Spring 2019 edition of the APM Enabling Change SIG newsletter

 

Newsletter contents

  1. Welcome from our Chair
  2. Notice of APM Enabling Change SIG committee elections 2019-2020
  3. Past event: Midlands branch event, 9 April – Change Management is Changing
  4. Transport Practitioner Group
  5. Public Services Change Practitioner Group


1. Welcome from our Chair

Hi, I am Donna Unitt the APM Enabling Change SIG Chair. The first few months of the year were about relaunching our SIG and giving it a new lease of life with our committee who brought fresh ideas and enthusiasm. We are pretty widely spread throughout the UK now, and no longer London centric, we are working more virtually which is going very well. We have added to the committee with new members and volunteers to help us drive the SIG forwards. The nominations are now open for the new committee for 2019-2020, please see section 2 below. If joining the committee is not right for you but you’d like to find out more or have any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to get in touch.

Our practitioner groups are continuing to grow with a passion to collaborate and cascade on new and innovative ways in the art of enabling change producing some really good outputs.  If you would like to get involved or know more about the groups please email us.

We now have over 770 followers and growing.  APM members and others are welcome to interact with us and we encourage you to follow us on Twitter @apmecsig, where we post: upcoming events of interest to the group, share related material, and much more.  We are also available via email.

Our real focus has been on supporting APM and other SIGs and branches in helping them to understand change management, we started by updating our fact sheet about out who we are, what we do, and what we can offer. We have been involved in a few branch events so far which are covered under section 3. We will be continuing to share online content this year through our website. We will also be running some webinars and events later this year so please keep an eye out for these.

Donna Unitt


2. Notice of APM Enabling Change SIG committee elections 2019-2020

The committee member nomination and vote for the APM Enabling Change SIG will take place online this year.

Any APM individual member wishing to nominate themselves for the committee should submit the details in writing by no later than 23:59hours on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

Please note the eligibility requirements below for membership of the APM Enabling Change SIG committee.
If you are in doubt or have any questions, please email enablingchangesig@apm.org.uk

 

Role

Eligibility

Chair

Associate, Full or Fellow member with at least one years APM membership and membership of the SIG committee

Secretary

Associate, Full or Fellow member with at least one years APM membership and membership of the SIG committee

Committee

Student, Associate, Full or Fellow member only


The below report is a reflection on the past year 2018-2019, and also the APM Enabling Change SIG's intentions going forward.

Read the APM Enabling Change SIG Annual Chair's Report 2018-2019

The eligible nominees supporting statements will be published on the SIG microsite page on Thursday 4 July.
APM individual members will then have one week in which to cast their vote to elect the APM Enabling Change SIG committee members for 2019-2020.
The officer posts of Chair and Secretary will be elected at the first committee meeting following the close of the online committee election. 


3. Past event: Midlands branch event, 9 April – Change Management is Changing

The SIG joined business change practitioner, trainer, and author Nicola Busby, at an event in Solihull, Birmingham for a lively event on ‘Change Management is Changing’.

Nicola focused on one ‘TwentyEight Strategy Execution’s Top 10 trends for 2019 on ‘Enterprise-wide change management’. Enterprise-wide change management can be described in many ways, including adapting to continuous change and seeing change as business-as-usual.  Companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple are making sure their employees are a good culture fit with the ECM approach, and to ensure employees are change ready and resilient.

Nicola concluded by asking whether the ECM approach would be a good fit for the project profession, and the discussion continued throughout post-presentation refreshments.

This was a great event to be involved in and we will be collaborating with more branches and SIGs in the future.


4. Transport Practitioner Group

At the end of January 2019, the working group Transport Practitioner Group under the APM Enabling Change SIG, and the Change Management Institute came together for a workshop hosted at British Airways Headquarters, Waterside. This was a half day workshop to share knowledge and grow our collective understanding about how portfolio level change management is developed and applied within the participating organisations. The next session for the group is planned for Thursday 30 May. The aim will be to review the change portfolio workshop and survey that took place in January, and agree how we should embed the learning through white papers and webinars.

The Transport Practitioner Group under the APM Enabling Change SIG is keen to expand its scope of interest, particularly into roads and shipping. If anyone would like to enquire about joining this working group, please contact Andrew.Stiles@Networkrail.co.uk


5. Public Services Change Practitioner Group

The working group Public Services Change Practitioner Group under the APM Enabling Change SIG, have acted as practitioner advisors’ to APM’s research fund study on “transformational leadership in the public sector”, which is also part of the Infrastructure and Project Authority’s Project X research initiative. Dicle Kortantamer, a PhD student at the University of Brighton carried out this research which was launched on Friday 10 May 2019. The research aims to advance understandings of individual, team and organisation-wide leadership capabilities for responding to complexity in transformation and service delivery projects.

Linked to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) Project X research initiative (theme E on capability and knowledge management), the research intends to provide advanced understandings of approaches to leading transformation and service delivery projects. It examines the challenges and opportunities, and provides a systemic leadership framework for effectively responding to them.

Dicle Kortantamer, PhD student at the University of Brighton said: “As transformation and service delivery projects increase in the public and private sectors, and the challenges facing them grow in scale, scope and complexity, there is a pressing need to focus on improving the leadership capacities and capabilities of these projects. Extending conventional leadership views to include systemic approaches can be a powerful response to the challenges of transformation and service delivery projects and it’s a key skill for project management professionals.”

Read more about the framework developed as a result of this analysis by visiting our research page.

The group is seeking more members so if you are interested in joining get in touch!

 

Posted on 16th May 2019
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