Wessex Branch - Universities Project Challenge 2011/12 inspires all

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Posted by APM on 16th Mar 2012

Fourteen Students in three teams attended the Rose Bowl (soon to be renamed The Ageas Bowl!) on 22 February but as always there could only be one winner.

After four months of extra-curricular project management activity this years finalists in Wessex Branchs University Project Challenge just needed to make their final presentation to the five members of the judging panel in front of both members and guests and survive the five minute Q&A grilling to stand every chance of winning a prestigious addition to their CV.


The teams, this year all from Bournemouth University, ProVision, Ambition and Logic, who had already come through the challenging semi-finals last November, provided the membership of the branch a tremendous insight into the future of Project Management.

Each had gained a clear understanding of the difficulties of initial planning and managing change throughout the project, defining project success criteria and measuring project performance, they also recognised the benefit of developing a strong relationship with the sponsor.

In keeping with the APM's manifesto for the profession, all three projects had been successful but it was the combination of exceeding the Key Performance Indicators and delighting the client that won the day. When the judges had completed their deliberations, first place went to ProVision for their excellent project encouraging Bournemouth based BT staff to increase their level of employee participation in volunteering to 20%.

Robin Skitt, Head of Risk & Compliance, BT Innovate and Design, the sponsor of the winning team, is quoted as saying I am both really impressed and inspired by the team and The event not only significantly increased the actual number of volunteers, it also created a buzz in the building that raised awareness of just how far BT will go to enable us to meet key targets.

Congratulations to ProVision and indeed to all the teams that took part in this years challenge. Well done also to Wessex Branch and its members for supporting the development of our future generation of project managers.

Whilst the judges chuntered and deliberated over the winning project Lee Zebedee, BIM Manager for Ramboll Group spoke about BIM (Building Information Modelling), laser modelling and the impact of developing technology on construction design and project team communication. He provided a detailed insight into the selection of software and the implementation of Building Information Modelling for construction project teams. An enthusiastic and knowledgeable individual with 20 years experience in the construction industry, Lee has developed laser aided modelling for BIM capability, of particular benefit in refurbishment projects and he demonstrated these to good effect.

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