Risk Management: Hard and Soft Approaches

Tuesday 16 February 2010

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

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

Ian Thornton Bryar and Penny Pullan

Many projects 'fail' because the 'change owner' or 'sponsor' has or will not make sufficient allowance for time over-runs (tolerance), budget slippages (contingency) or consequent business benefit shortfalls. Ian Thornton-Bryar will summarise a simple spreadsheet-based methodology that has already made management of these factors much simpler to control and report on in a significant number of large and small organisations. The model has worked effectively and efficiently on change assignments ranging from the very smallest work package up to very large and complex programmes. He will e-mail copies of an example 'hard' model in MS Excel to attendees that register, along with a copy of his PowerPoint slides. Penny Pullan will put forward her experience that risk processes themselves often fail to deliver. Even though every step taken makes perfect sense, the trouble seems to be that human beings are involved! Getting people to agree how to manage potential future events is fraught with problems. Penny is currently writing a book with Ruth Murray-Webster to be entitled 'A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management: Engaging People to Identify, Own and Manage Risk' to be published by Gower in 2011. She'll work with participants to come up with a range of real issues around interactive risk workshops and discuss how best to deal with each of these, fortuitously also helping Penny to write her Chapter 6. This is not a lecture, and you'll have the chance to ensure that Penny's book is rooted in the reality of BCS PROMS-G members' experiences.

Ian and Penny hope that these short introductions will bring the importance of Project and Programme Risk Management into much sharper focus and pave the way toward a full PROMS-G School on this very central topic, that regularly and dramatically impacts all our work.

About the Speakers:

Dr Penny Pullan is a professional facilitator and project manager, who runs Making Projects Work Ltd. Penny has been active in IT for more than a decade, as a business analyst, project manager and consultant at Logica, Astra Zeneca and Mars Inc. Now she works with companies to develop their project management capability for complex projects, and her clients include AstraZeneca, ESI, Abbott Laboratories, Capital One, National Grid, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Johnson & Johnson, Quintiles, Manchester and Open Universities, CAFOD, Samaritans Purse International, Save the Children and Christian Aid. She's particularly interested in risk, requirements, facilitation, working virtually and the 'human side' of project success. She's a member of the BCS, PMI, IIBA, IET, IAF, APM (where she chairs a SIG) and is certified in project management and facilitation.

Ian Thornton-Bryar has been a Programme/Transformation Director and Manager accumulating over 40 years international experience covering many government and commercial sectors and functions until he retired in January 2009. His career activity was in and outside of IT, and he has wide-ranging project/programme disaster recovery expertise, backed by effective strategy development, relationship management, behavioural style, practical awareness, training and relevant professional qualifications. He is a Life Fellow of the BCS and CITP, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and a Certified Management Consultant, and has qualified as both a Prince 2 and MSP Practitioner. As PROMS-G North Regional Coordinator, it is Ian's responsibility to ensure that PROMS-G North serves the interests of members who live in the North of England area. He is also training as a BCS Membership Assessor under the new regime, having already served BCS for around five years in similar roles during the 1990s.

Event report

A review and presentation slide pack may be posted on our PROMS-G Members' Secure Website.