The Best Practice Showcase, organized by APMG-International, took place this month at the Grange Hotel near St Paul’s Cathedral, London. The venue – an architecturally striking new hotel, provided the perfect backdrop for a day of genuine discussion, debate and learning focused on getting the most out of programmes and projects. Arras People ran 5 sessions throughout the day, meeting over 50 delegates to discuss “How to Differentiate Yourself in the Project Management Marketplace”
The format of this year’s event – which was launched in 2002 – featured only round table sessions so delegates could focus on the subjects of interest to them. There was a host of interesting sessions, from why communication is so important in projects, how earned value keeps projects on track, to how much programme and project managers can earn in the current economic climate.
During the event, some of the candidates who passed new APMG examinations in Agile Project Management and Management of Value, were given their certificates. There was also time to celebrate the achievement of London Underground for its recent Level 3 Maturity Award. Mike Strzelecki, Director of Safety and Doug Norman, Head of the Centre of Excellence, were presented their certificate by Mike Ward, the Accredited Consultant who assessed London Underground. The Maturity of the organization has meant they have been able to save hundreds of millions of pounds while upgrading the tube, and keeping it running.
Richard Pharro, CEO, APMG said, “It’s good to take time to acknowledge the achievement of both candidates and organizations who strive to improve, so I was delighted to be here today. The format of Showcase has evolved over the 9 years we have been running it – it used to be the traditional exhibition and seminars. But we listened to what delegates said they wanted – being able to discuss issues, talk to each other, ask questions and be part of small groups. We have been delighted with the feedback we’ve got and of course from the support of our sponsors.”
If you are interested in the session Arras People ran; take a look at the new page “Differentiate Yourself in the Marketplace” which includes a new podcast to compliment the session