Education versus Training - The Debate

Tuesday 18 May 2010

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

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

Melanie Franklin, Bob Hughes, Miles Shepherd, John Zachar

'Education and training are suitably aligned to meet the professional development needs of project managers'

Training is often recognised as an easy area to cut budget and many training providers have faced a very difficult time since the start of the recession. However, the Office of Government Commerce identify poorly trained Project Managers as one of their top reasons for project failure. In some organisations the role of managing the project is often given to a well educated subject expert, thus resulting in a fairly ad hoc approach to project management without use of effective tools and techniques. Surely a successful Project Manager needs to draw on a very wide range of skills which are distinct from general management and subject specific skills? Therefore investment in training is critical for the future of project management.

Education is widely acknowledged as crucial to the development of economies, societies and individuals, and there has been a recent surge in the number of new courses in project and programme management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Project management has traditionally been seen as a function or skill within other professions, but can now be seen as a profession in its own right. Despite the dearth of training products, courses and professional certifications, successful project management is still lacking in terms of higher order skills and competencies. Therefore investment in education is critical to the future of project management.

About the Speakers:

Melanie Franklin, CEO, Maven Training

Melanie has extensive experience in the areas of project, programme and change management. She developed her skills during her successful career in the Financial Services sector undertaking such roles as national coordinator for reorganisation of IT systems, European Manager for quality and process improvement projects and Global Programme Director for emergency planning for a global bank. In 2001, Melanie channelled this knowledge and experience into the training arena, establishing Maven Training Limited which has developed into one of the leading accredited project & programme management training companies in the UK, providing open public and in-house bespoke training for clients from a wide range of industry sectors and government departments. In addition to her role as Chief Executive, she has a full training and consultancy schedule that keeps her at the forefront of development within the management development sphere. Melanie provides coaching and mentoring to a number of high profile clients. Melanie's qualifications include; BA (Hons) Economics; Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing; PRINCE2 Practitioner; MSP Practitioner; Accredited PRINCE2, MSP and Change management Trainer, and she is currently completing a postgraduate diploma in change management from the University of Birkbeck. Melanie is a published author in the Project and Programme Management field having been commissioned by the OGC to write 'Think MSP', the accompanying book on Managing Successful Programmes, and the Focus Series 'Team Management Skills', 'Communication Skills' and 'Leadership Skills for Project and Programme Managers', which she co-authored with our Project Management Lead Course Developer and trainer Susan Tuttle and were launched by the OGC at the Best Practice Showcase in London in June 2008.

Bob Hughes, ISEB Project Management, BCS

Bob Hughes is currently chair of the ISEB Project Management Examination Panel and was responsible for the current syllabuses of both the Foundation and Certificate examinations. He is also subject co-ordinator for the BCS HE Diploma in IT Project Management. After some years working in IT in various roles in the telecommunications and energy industries and in local government, he joined the University of Brighton where he is currently a Principal Lecturer. With Mike Cotterell, he wrote the textbook Software Project Management, published by McGraw-Hill. This is now in its 5th edition and has been translated into Chinese. He edited the BCS publication Project Management for IT-related Projects and wrote Exploiting IT for Business Benefit.

Miles Shepherd

Miles has been involved with project management in one form or another for more than 30 years, and has led a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia. His later work centred on the development of project management techniques used to decommission nuclear reactors in UK. He works with Government agencies, universities, the media and professional societies to improve understanding of project management. He has held significant posts with the Association for Project Management (currently Vice President, and past Chairman) and the International Project Management Association (Past President and currently Chairman of Council). He chairs the International Standardization Organization's Committee developing the new project management standard, ISO 21500. He is an Associate Lecturer and research supervisor for the Open University and Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University, he also acts as Adjunct Professor of Project Management at Asia Pacific International College, Sydney, Australia. He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College, London. He supports a number of UK universities as External Examiner.

John Zachar, Product Development Manager, Association for Project Management

John is originally from the USA, and has an extensive career in hands-on project management. John initially developed his people management and intuitive project management skills with the US military, where he managed engineering, logistical, IT and education projects. He currently applies his project management experience as the architect of many of APM's products. John not only managed an IT department for a decade, but he has also delivered numerous multi-million pound IT intensive business projects, and numerous business projects with little IT involvement. His experience includes management of business change programmes and change management processes, and he worked for over a dozen years for one of the UK's more prominent project management consultancies, educating well over 3,500 delegates in all aspects of project and change management. He has also worked for one of the UK's high street bank groups, and for eight years at senior management level with a national insurance company associated with the building industry. John has a BSc from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Oxford Brookes University, and is a current member of both the Project Management Institute and the Association for Project Management. He holds an APMP with the APM and Prince 2 certifications. He was Director of Membership for PMI UK, the UK chapter of the PMI, and is also an organising member of PPSO SIG taking part in every conference for over 7 years.

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