Project Start-up - Scene Setting - Days of Hope

Date:
Wednesday 4 March 2015

Time:
6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

Cost:
BCS Members - £72.00 (£60.00 + VAT)
Non Members - £96.00 (£80.00 + VAT)
Unwaged/Students - £19.20 (£16.00 + VAT)

Venue:
BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Speaker:
Jeff Morgan

The next in our popular and unique series of Spring Schools is on the challenging area of Project Start-up. For many project managers this is an extremely critical phase of any programme because if the objectives, funding and commitment of all stakeholders are not fully in place and understood, the whole programme may be doomed from the start. We want to minimise the exposure of the project manager in this situation and have lined up a highly respected team of presenters to share their experience during the four weeks of the school over four Wednesday evenings in March 2015. Each evening, light refreshments will be provided and also a networking opportunity after the presentations with wine and soft drinks.

About the speaker:

Jeff Morgan has over 30 years of management experience, including on projects such as the London Stock Exchange Big Bang and the NHS Programme for IT. He knows that the very beginning of a project is often traced to be the source of a good or bad outcome. He will look at Day 1 of your new project when anything is possible. He will imagine you are a PM with lots to think about and do, and provide a structure and way ahead for how you go about getting on with the job, including setting your immediate work priorities. What do you need to know? Who do you need to know? What questions do you need to ask? What should you do first? What surprises might you prepare for? What resources might be missing? Jeff will discuss with the audience what they need to glean from looking both backwards at the story so far and, forwards, to expose, explore and manage the risks.

Jeff is the co-author, with Chris Dale, of Managing IT Projects for Business Change, recently published by the BCS. When they wrote the book, they both felt that many projects they had come across never had the amount of preparation needed in order to improve the chance of success. This talk provides a rare opportunity to benefit from their considerable research and experience.