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Despite committed effort and improvements across many aspects of project delivery, business results are poor. This webinar will introduce the ‘TOP Value Equation'™ to improve project value.

For more than three decades, we have been fixing projects. Yet despite the committed effort by some of the brightest people on the planet and improvements across many aspects of project delivery for example:

  • adoption of project management methods and disciplines;
  • installation of project management software and tools;
  • increased numbers of highly skilled ‘specialists’: architects, change managers, business analysts, benefit managers allocated for even small projects;
  • and finally, some increased focus on getting benefits and value from projects.

The results are, frankly, still not good.

When measured against the conventional success measures of “on time, on budget”, the generally quoted statistics indicate that around 30% to 40% of projects are successful. But when measured against “did we actually get business results and value” as the measure of success, the results are far poorer (indeed depending on whose statistics are used, less than 5% or projects are successful in delivering value and results).

So, what is going wrong? What do we have to do to improve the value delivered by projects?

This webinar on Wednesday 19 September 2018 walked the attendees through where and how value is destroyed, and therefore started to lay out a pathway to improve the value delivered. It explained how a simple mental model, the TOP Value Equation™, can be applied to make improved project value something that every business and project manager can achieve.


Alexandra Chapman is a thirty-years-plus veteran in the strategy execution domain, with vast experience delivering major technology projects for organisations. Working together over more than two decades with her late partner Jed Simms, she has pioneered new learnable and teachable models, tools, techniques and processes.

TOP Thinking - to help every person in every organisation execute projects and deliver the value.

Totally Optimized Projects was recognised for its innovative intellectual property by Gartner with a “Cool Vendor” award in 2011. Alex teaches at Melbourne University on innovation and entrepreneurship with IT, writes for The CEO Magazine and was recognised by Cranfield School of Management as one of its 50 notable faces for its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The host of this webinar was Merv Wyeth, the UK Service Delivery Partner of Amplify: an enterprise software solution for benefits-led portfolio management.

Previously, during a 25 year police service career, he performed a mix of operational and support roles including PPM and business change.

In early 2009, he became a member of APM to satisfy his passion for benefits management. He is now the APM Benefits Management SIG Co Chair and a fellow of APM.

Merv co-facilitates the Benefits Management Specialist Group Business Case Practitioner Forum in the GovPDC network on K-Hub.


Alexandra has very kindly allowed her presented material to be made available for viewing.
The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference.
This webinar is suitable for professionals with an intermediate to advanced level of experience.

Alexandra is currently drafting her book The TOP Value Equation™ Handbook, and actively welcomes reviews and feedback.




The audience engaged during the webinar using Mentimeter presentation software, their responses are below:


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