Project Assurance: A Framework for Measuring the Health of Projects

Tuesday 17 April 2012

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

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

Tim Podesta

The word assurance means different things to different people, depending on the field of interest. In the world of projects and programmes it certainly has a range of meanings. For some, it is all about achieving quality. For others it is about being sure that what they are told is correct, whilst for many it is about being confident that things are under control. The Association for Project Management (APM) has a Specific Interest Group on Assurance that has been working hard to answer the questions: Is it possible to measure the health of a project? and What techniques can be used to provide consistent and reliable assessments of the likelihood that a project is to achieve its objectives? They have come up with a white paper that proposes one approach to achieving this; it also provides a framework for the coordination of a wide variety of assurance activity. There are likely to be significant differences in assurance practice between public sector, private sector and third sector organisations, and when delivering projects in complex and dynamic environments where there may be differing or even conflicting assurance approaches, providing effective project assurance may be considered a critical success factor.

This presentation will outline the findings in the white paper, and explore the implications for IT projects and wider IT-enabled business change initiatives. Whilst there were members from the Computing and IT community on the working group that produced the white paper, the opportunity to challenge those specifically working within this project and programme domain has not been enabled yet. This joint APM Assurance SIG and BCS PROMS-G event is that opportunity, and seeks to bring together those interested in assuringprojects and better enabling success.

About the Speaker:

The speaker, Tim Podesta, is currently a Subject Matter Expert and Advisor for BP in Project Performance and Benchmarking. This involves assessment of the major projects performance of BP relative to the key competitors, and the identification of best practices to help improve project performance. His goal is that through leveraging benchmarking data and process BP can make the best investments.

In 2011 Tim celebrated 30 years with BP, starting as a Mechanical Engineer in 1981, becoming a Chartered Engineer, and recently a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. His career saw him progress to being a commercial manager following a BP Engineering sponsored MBA at Warwick in 1991-92. Tim has worked in most parts of BP and most recently the IT Function as a Commercial Manager. Prior to that he worked in the Exploration & Production Angola Business, the Finance Treasury function, and a secondment to the Lavera Refining/Petrochemicals site in France as Synergy Project Leader and Change Manager.

Event report

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