When it comes to programme and project management it is vitally important for companies to understand which resources need to be leveraged and how to achieve successful outcomes. However, it is not easy to properly invest time and money to maximise results, especially when large scale projects are involved.  This conference focuses on how companies should exploit or upgrade and change their resources to ensure that programmes and projects deliver. It comprises essential areas such as people, culture, strategy, tools and techniques and processes. Experts bring their views on the topic and panels allow debate on priorities and challenges, inviting the audience to take part in the conversation and to share their experience and problems.

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  • Programme
    Conference Chair: Dr Robina Chatham, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management
    8:30 - 9:00
    9:00 - 9:30
    Plenary Keynote: The Maniacs and Mechanics of Innovation

    Tony Grout, Head of Agile Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

    When your mission is to go at extreme speed,  what are the things you need to think of most? Tony talks about the mistakes he’s seen, the mistakes he’s made and the critical success factors he now engineers into any high velocity software delivery organisation.

    9:30 - 9:45
    Introduction to Sponsors
    9:45 - 10:00
    Welcome and Introduction to Programme and Project Management by chairperson
    10:00 - 10:45
    Recent trends in project management practice within financial services IT – progress and pitfalls

    Daniel Copleston, PMI UK

    Financial services technology organisations frequently face the potentially conflicting demands of improving governance and control of large scale projects and programmes while at the same time increasing organisational responsiveness and their capacity to deal with uncertain or emergent requirements. This presentation reviews recent methodological developments, frameworks and process tools that are attempting to address these challenges and discusses the need for multi-modal approaches to project governance and delivery.

    10:45 - 11:15
    Tea & Coffee Break
    11:15 - 12:00
    Agile Programme Management

    Steve Messenger, Chairman, DSDM Consortium

    This presentation will explore the use of Agile in the large, complex environment of programmes.  Agile has been proven to work at the team level, but how can it be used for Business Transformations, and to ensure incremental realisation of benefits, particularly when not everything can be agile?  Using a case study throughout the presentation, Steve will show how this is possible.
    Topics covered will include:

    • Using agile techniques to define and run programmes
    • Incorporating agile, non-agile and hybrid projects
    • Effective governance
    • Agile at scale
    12:00 - 12:45
    How Digital Project Management is different

    Jon Pokroy, Technical Project Manager, BBC Technology

    • Project Management Triangle myths
    • IT People: characters and roles
    • Tools & techniques
    • Building the right product
    • Processes & methodologies
    12:45 - 13:15
    Panel Session
    13:15 - 14:15
    14:15 - 15:00
    Case Study: an Infrastructure Project in a Venture Capital Company

    Dr Robina Chatham, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management

    The project got off to a false start with insufficient attention being paid to the possibilities, options, vision and overall strategic objectives.  The project team dived straight into the detailed planning.  After a year of planning and pinning down every minor detail the team was told to rethink its strategy as the project, as conceived, proved prohibitively expensive.  The project was subsequently re-launched with a fundamental change in technical direction.  Although successfully implemented at the end of the day the project team lost a significant amount of credibility, so much so that the stakeholder group lost sight of the potential benefits and instead focused their attention on the minor flaws.

    • During this session you will experience the roller coaster journey of a multi-million pound project
    • The highs and lows will be discussed, the problems and difficulties analysed and root causes identified
    • These include issues of culture, communication, management style, expectation and ultimately unrealised benefits
    • Delegates will gain an understanding of the lessons learned and the steps the organisation took to ensure history did not repeat itself
    Fiona Burn
    15:00 - 15:45
    Enhancing programme delivery performance through use of systems engineering techniques

    Fiona Burn, Programme and Project Management specialist, PA Consulting Group

    Delivery complexity seems to be ever-increasing. Gone are the days of straightforward, single specialism IT or business change programmes. Even that stalwart of the early 21st Century, "IT-enabled change" seems relatively straightforward when compared to the landscape today, where today’s change initiative is concurrently someone else’s legacy environment. Organisations now routinely encompass IT, process and culture change, infrastructure improvements and product/service line enhancements within single initiatives.
    Technology both increases demand for these complex endeavours and facilitates their delivery. However, traditional programme and project management methods have a tendency to stay within a comfort zone of single-specialism, waterfall techniques meaning that programme managers do not have adequate, specific PPM tools and techniques to manage Agile, iterative delivery approaches. We need to upgrade our PPM processes.
    This presentation will explore how Systems Engineering (SE) techniques can enhance our programme delivery performance, referencing a case study of where these techniques were applied to ensure alignment between the required benefits, outcomes, outputs and requirements.  It will cover:

    • Applying systems engineering practices to drive professionalism and rigour in programme design
    • Implementing a ‘thick programme’ layer to substantially increase project deliverability confidence
    • Considering integration up-front to achieve outcomes where multiple projects across an organisation may be using different delivery techniques and working to differing agendas and timescales.
    15:45 - 16:15
    Tea & Coffee Break
    16:15 - 17:00
    Agile Project Management: WHY we do Agile and HOW to make it successful

    Arie van Bennekum, (co-)author of The Agile Manifesto and Chair of the Agile Consortium

    Agile is not new. Agile is not a trend. Agile is established. We already celebrated that the Agile Manifesto has been written more than 10 years ago. Agile is now expanding and improving but too often people struggle. Things get wrong and Agile gets the blame. Arie will take you back to the basics of WHY we do Agile and HOW to make it successful. From being an operational manager to project managers and from idea to full transformation, Arie will guide the group to all questions so participants understand the rationale of using Agile and understanding their own role in facilitating teams to work Agile.

    17:00 - 17:10
    Chairperson's Summary
    17:10 -
    Close of the conference and drinks reception



  • Standard Rate
    275 GBP

    + VAT

    £275 Standard Rate

    End Users Organisations

  • Standard Rate
    750 GBP

    + VAT

    £750 Standard Rate

    Non-Sponsoring Vendors and Consultants