AGM and talk: systems thinking and projects

Tuesday 9 October 2012

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

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

Paul Summers

It can be argued that a hallmark of a true professional body is the integration of practical experience and relevant evidence-based research. This is easier said than done, but Paul Summers, who is both a project management practitioner in local government and a part-time research student, shows how it can be achieved.

This presentation will describe how a systemic approach can be used to improve project performance in an organization. The approach was used to create a framework based on systemic principles which was then implemented in a local authority.

The framework comprised three elements:

  1. A methodology to ensure that projects undertaken were the right ones and they were done in the right way.
  2. A learning and development suite of activities to improve competence.
  3. A network of project managers to share good practice and lessons learned. The framework is principles based enabling it to be applied in differing contexts and disciplines. In the context described in this presentation the framework is built on good practice identified from project management and on a suite of learning and development activities to raise organisational capacity and capability to deliver projects successfully.

About the Speaker:

Paul is responsible for project management at Portsmouth City Council and has PRINCE2 and MSP practitioner certification. He has a MA degree from University of Portsmouth in Business and Computer Studies. He is also currently a part time postgraduate research student researching ways of improving project management performance in an UK unitary local authority with a multi-disciplinary and multi-methodology approach.

Event report

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