Project Management Conferences 2018 List

In order to become an industry leader, in any field, you must be willing to sink additional hours into studying and honing your craft. Keeping abreast of best practice, analysing related materials, and following industry specific blogs are all part of the continual learning experts undertake in order to stay at the forefront of their trade. This is especially applicable in Project Management.

Waterfall, PRINCE2, Cybernetic control. All terms found within Project Management…but you’d be forgiven for thinking they formed the script components for an up and coming Terminator reboot. 

It’s safe to say the role of Project Manager is not a simple one.

Therefore, in the already challenging field that is Project Management, it’s vital to take advantage of any and all viable educational opportunities that one may come across. One such opportunity, and arguably one of the best sources of discovering new knowledge, is through the attending of professional conferences. 

Industry specific conferences allow attendees to listen to, and absorb, the knowledge and wisdom of key and very experienced headline speakers. More importantly, it gives delegates the opportunity to network with, and learn from their own peer group. Having the opportunity to speak to fifty different members of your field at a typical conference, all with their own observations, skillsets, and teachable insights, in a single afternoon, is an incredible resource, and something that would usually take months, if not years to achieve in normal working life.

This synergistic transfer of information and insight is hugely valuable to the development of professionals in any particular field who seek to be the best. There is a reason the cream of the crop of any given industry regularly attend conferences in their niche – because they know it puts them a step ahead of their peers.

With that being said, we’ve painstakingly compiled a list of the must-attend Project & Portfolio Management conferences of 2018 (many of which we’ll be at!). 

Take a look at the list to see which you’d be able to attend. Many of the events will have been and gone by now – so make sure you note them down for next year.

February

RICS Project Leadership Conference

February 21, London, UK

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredits professionals worldwide in the land, property and construction field. This yearly event gathers project managers and leader from both large- and small-scale construction projects to discuss trends impacting the industry.

March

Change Management

March 25-28, Las Vegas, NV

The Association of Change Management Professions (ACMP) hold an annual conference that brings about participates worldwide to share the latest business solutions, explore innovative best practices and trends and, of course, offer networking opportunities.

April

Global Scrum Gathering

April 16-18, Minneapolis, MN

The Scrum Alliance produces this event, which this year is centered around such themes as the Champions of Agile, the Community of Agile, Non-Software Scrum, Organizational Transformation, Playing in the Scrum Sandbox, in collaboration with IEEE Software, a survey of the Past, Present and Future of Scrum. Scrum4Hardware, Scrum in Government and Regulated Industries and the Scrum Team.

Project Summit Business Analyst World

April 16-18, Orlando, FL

One of a series of nationwide conferences for project managers and business analysts. These conferences are accredited by both PMI and IIBA and participants can earn participants up to 19 PDUs/CDUs. The conferences focus on learning from industry experts and innovators, increasing your productivity and effectiveness, acquiring new skills, strategies and best practices, while offer a chance to network with your peers.

7th International Scientific Conference on Project Management in the Baltic States

April 19-20, Riga, Latvia

Organized by the Research Institute of the Project Management of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, University of Latvia, in cooperation with the Professional Association of Project Managers, the aim of this conference is on scientific research. There is an opening plenary session, parallel sessions, and all abstracts have been double-blind reviewed. The conference is in English.

APM Project Management Conference

April 25, London, UK

This year’s conference is entitled Future Proof, which aims to inspire the profession of today for the challenges of tomorrow. The conference is broken up into three core areas of interest: Mega Trends, Future Proofing: People and Future Proofing: Projects. The object of the conference is for project managers to “future proof” their approach for success.

Deliver:Agile

April 30-May 2, Austin, TX

Nothing was cited on the site about the 2018 conference, but this must-attend event for the Agile community speaks to new Agile tools and techniques, patterns and practices emerging in the field. Participants learn how to support and evolve their Agile engineering practices as they relate to advances discussed. The three-day conference explores topics such as DevOps approaches, UX design and cloud computing.

May

PMI EMEA Congress

May 7-9, Berlin, Germany

Hosted by the accrediting agency PMI, the EMEA Congress gathers project, program and portfolio managers from around the globe. They are there to discuss best practices, identify new trends and reinforce core industry skills.

Agile & Beyond

May 16-18, Ypsilanti, MI

Agile & Beyond is a grassroots and volunteer-run event that serves to educate on Agile principles and practices. It also covers topics related to Agile. There are approximately 100 sessions packed into the two-day conference, suitable for those new to Agile and also the Agile experts.

June

PMO Conference

June, TBA

The PMO Conference focuses on portfolio, program and project offices. A one-day event offers a full program of expert speakers as well as a conference hall with PMO products and services being exhibited. PMO research, new ideas and techniques and networking are all available.

Project Summit Business Analyst World

June 4-7, Toronto, Canada

The second in a series of conferences for project managers and business analysts, this one in Canada, is accredited by both PMI and IIBA. Participants can earn up to 26 PDUs/CDUs. The conferences focus on learning from industry experts and innovators, increasing your productivity and effectiveness, acquiring new skills, strategies and best practices, while offer a chance to network with your peers.

Project Management in Practice

June 7-8, Boston, MA

Located at Boston University, this the 12th annual conference caters to newcomers and certified practitioners alike. Topics range the gamut, from Agile to strategic project management, including soft skills and behavioral competency. The two-day conference is also available online, and PDUs are available for attending.

Project Summit Business Analyst World

June 18-20, Washington, D.C.

The final session for the year in a series of conferences for project managers and business analysts, this one in Canada, is accredited by both PMI and IIBA. Participants can earn up to 19 PDUs/CDUs. The conferences focus on learning from industry experts and innovators, increasing your productivity and effectiveness, acquiring new skills, strategies and best practices, while offer a chance to network with your peers.

July

22nd International Congress on Project Management and Engineering (ICPME)

July 11-13, Spain

An international forum for the discussion and debate of all project management and engineering companies and professionals. The conference is geared towards experts, researchers and trainers who are focused on educating future professionals in the field. However, all interested persons are encouraged to attend.

September

The Digital PM Summit

September 4-6, Memphis, TN

Located at the Guest House at Elvis’ Graceland in Memphis, the Digital PM Summit is a two-day conference of presentations, breakout sessions and talks. It welcomes all methodologies and approaches, from Agile to waterfall and hybrid, offering new perspectives in a social networking-friendly environment. There is also an optional half-day workshop on Sept. 4, which requires a separate ticket.

October

Future PMO

October 4, London, UK

This PMO conference is created by Wellingtone, a PPM consultancy that works with clients across the UK. The organization is both a Microsoft Gold Partner with PPM Specialization and an APM accredited training provider. It’s one-day conference is for practitioners at all levels, and brings together leading experts from across the industry.

PMI Global Conference

October 6-8, Los Angeles, CA

This PMI-hosted event, focuses on the evolving role of project management, this conference is open to project, program and portfolio professionals and will discuss new ideas and approaches, while giving participants the opportunity to make new relationships and strengthen existing ones.

November

PMO Symposium

November 11-14, Washington, D.C.

The PMO Symposium gives participants access to executive-level networking, workshops and discussions. Learn actionable insights for organizational executives, PMO leaders and senior decision-makers. The details for the 2018 event have yet to be posted.

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How To Install Primavera P6 – Full Guide

Primavera P6 Install

How to Install Primavera P6 (Standalone)

Installing Primavera P6 doesn’t have to be complicated. In this short installation guide we’ve compiled Oracle’s guidance on the steps required to get your copy of Oracle Primavera P6 installed and ready to use.

First of all, you should know the below:

P6 Professional Standalone makes use of a P6 Pro Standalone database connection running on a SQlite database. Running P6 Professional Standalone supports all of the Project Management functionality of P6 Professional, excluding the below:

 – Job Services – Jobs cannot be scheduled. However, the user can use the Windows scheduler to invoke the command-line interface to import, export, and run batch reports.

– Risk Analysis

– Any existing Java-based integration components developed by the customer using the P6 Remote Integration API (RMI) is not supported with a SQLite database.

– Advanced XML import options

A standalone installation is often used by a single user – the admin superuser, therefore, any features intended to be used as part of a network will not be accessible.

Before beginning installation, take note of the following:

– You must have full administrative rights to the computer on which you are installing P6 Professional.

– Download and extract (unzip) the software to a folder on the local hard drive, such as C:\T emp.

– Avoid downloading the software to a location too deep within the Windows folder structure. It can limit the file name to 256 characters.

– Even though you are running P6 Professional as a standalone, a network interface card or modem must be installed and TCP/IP networking software must be running on the computer.

– Ensure anti-virus software, anti-spyware software, security software and/or any firewalls are not enabled as they may block programs, protocols, or ports necessary for database creation.

– Ensure the UAC (User Account Control) is not enabled as it may block the installation and creation of the database.

The installation itself can be done in as little as an hour. Enlisting the assistance of your IT department or experienced end user during installation will allow you to mitigate any possible issues you encounter.

The standalone installation will install the database server, database, and desktop client onto your computer.

Run the installation wizard. When asked whether to proceed with the ‘Typical’, or ‘advanced option’, note the below:

Typical: Installs version of P6 Professional appropriate for your operating system. (32 vs 64-bit OS). Note, Java Runtime Environment is not installed with this option.

Advanced: Allows you to control installation of specific P6 components. Allows you to install 32-bit version onto 64-bit operating system. Allows you to install both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of P6 Professional onto a 64-bit operating system.

Typical Installation: 

  • Download and extract the media zip file locally to your system.
  • In the extracted media zip file, in the Client_Applications folder, double-clicking setup.exe will launch the installation wizard.
  • Select ‘Typical’.
  • Click Ok.
  • Click Install.

When P6 Professional is installed, the Next Steps window appears.

  • Click OK to automatically run Database Configuration immediately after installation.

How to run Database Configuration

To run Database Configuration after installation, complete the following steps:

  • On the Select Driver Type dialog box, in the P6 Professional driver type field, select P6 Pro Standalone (SQLite).
  •  Click Next.
  • Select Add a new standalone database and connection.
  •  Click Next.
  • In the Enter new password field and the Confirm new password field, enter a password for the admin user.
  • Click Next.
  • Select Load sample data if you want to install sample projects.
  • Click Next.
  • When the Connection Successful message displays, click Finish to exit Database Configuration.

After installing P6 Professional, you must set the industry type for the software. The industry type determines the terminology and default calculation settings that display in P6 Professional.

To set the industry type, complete the following steps:

  • Log in to P6 Professional.
  • Choose Admin, Admin Preferences.
  • Click the Industry tab.
  • Select the option that most closely aligns with your industry.

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Five Practical Tips for Oracle Primavera P6 PPM

Oracle Primavera’s P6 PPM tool is a wonderful software product that greatly enhances a Project Manager’s ability to work effectively and efficiently. But it can be hard for first time users to get to grips with – hence the plethora of Primavera P6 training courses on the market.

Without further ado, we’ve compiled five useful Primavera tips to help increase your productivity:

1. Make a Copy of a Project

Go to the Project View under Enterprise Data. This will bring up a listing of categories of projects. Click on the project, click “Copy” within the command bar. Click onto the group where you will paste the project. If you want leave your activity ID to remain the same, you need to leave “Increment ID” box checked. Once the new copy has appeared, you can click on Project ID to change the name of the project. This is beneficial to starting new projects quickly.

2. Use Ctrl + Alt + Directional Arrows

This is a hotkey code to change the level of a various project tasks, activities, and processes within WBS factors. Through this tool, you can quickly rearrange projects to meet changes, especially when changes are required due to increased or decreased risk throughout a project. However, this function may not be available when using P6 Web.

3. Use F9

When you want to follow a given menu to the Schedule, you typically need to click on at least three different buttons. However, pressing F9 will take you to the Schedule immediately. Furthermore, this function will show the changes within the schedule, which is an excellent tool for reviewing entries for errors and missing information.

4. Find Your Tasks

Depending on the size of your project, you may be responsible for the oversight and management of thousands of individual tasks and activities. Searching for these tasks manually is time-consuming and impractical. You can use Ctrl + F to search for the activity name within your activity list.

5. To Save Primavera as a PDF

By default, you cannot save Primavera projects as a PDF file. However, you can achieve this through a simple means. You will need to download and install a PDF-printer driver. Once you have installed the driver, select “Print” in Primavera. Instead of selecting a specific printer to print the document, change the printer name to the “Print to PDF” function. Now, you can save individual files in Primavera as an external PDF file.

So there we have it, five Primavera P6 tips to get you working even better.

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Global Growth in Online Project Management Software Continues

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global trade in online Project Management Software (such as Oracle’s Primavera P6 EPPM), is set to reach US$6.68 Bn by 2026. These strong figures come on the back of increasing uptake of cloud-based Project Management Solutions – which comes as no surprise when considering the versatility, accessibility and usability of cloud based Project Management offerings now available – such as Oracle Prime – Oracle’s flagship cloud based Project Management Solution.

An increasing number of organisations are moving their computing needs to the cloud.

The modern day Project Manager is younger, and more tech savvy – resulting in the desire to use software instruments with a modernity one would expect in 2018. Online based solutions are often able to satisfy this requirement in terms of presentation and ability to access information at all times and from all locations. It goes without saying that cloud based Project & Portfolio Management solutions will certainly begin to outstrip their standalone/local server counterparts within the near future.

The market is projected to grow at CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 9.4% during the forecast period from 2018 – 2026. Increasing demand for Project Management Software in emergent, non European markets such as the Middle East and Africa continue to drive demand upwards as historically docile regions begin to scale their construction and engineering projects inline with the rest of the developed world.

Buoyant growth in Africa and The Middle East is accelerating online project management software sales.

Despite sluggish economic growth in certain regions, C-level executives remain acutely aware of the definite requirement for effective project management tools being in place and accessible to their project and portfolio professionals – as to overlook such measures could well result in considerable increase in risk, and unnecessary inefficiencies in project execution. Risks not worth taking for any sizeable company or organisation.

North America is leading the online project management software market with more than a 40% share globally in 2017. This is mainly due to the presence of a large number of well established software enterprises which deploy online project management software (Oracle, Microsoft). Moreover, the U.S. is the hub for a large number of start-ups and established players of online project management software. In terms of opportunities, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa (MEA) regions are set to witness healthy growth during the forecast period. Investment in project management by organisations and increasing adoption of this software in small and medium sized enterprises is expected to continue driving the growth of the online project management software market in the Asia Pacific region.

Regardless of where you sit on the offline/local server vs cloud based solution for Project or Portfolio Management, one thing is for certain – Cloud based solutions will carry this software market into the future.

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Project Management – The Fun Profession.

You’ve probably had to double-take, and you’d be forgiven for doing so….the word ‘fun’ in the same sentence as Project Management? 

Well, here at HPS we believe all work and no play makes no sense! After-all, happy teams are better teams!

On a recent trip for some client work in Qatar, Hyde Park Solutions Professional Services S.V.P -Tim Brown, and Hyde Park Solutions consultant, Ashwini Khaire, were able to take some time out to explore the beautiful vistas and rich cultural heritage of Qatar.

Qatar – now the richest country on earth on a per-person basis, is the seat of a rapidly expanding and dynamic economic and financial infrastructure. As a result, the demand for exceptional Project and Portfolio Management Services are now greater than ever.

Of course, it goes without saying that the expert teams at HPS would be the first choice Project and Portfolio Management experts selected to work on behalf of our Qatari client. 

Blending traditional values with modern innovation.

Much like Qatar, Hyde Park Solutions blends the old and new together. Our traditional values – Integrity, honesty, the pursuit of knowledge, combine seamlessly with our constant drive for innovation and exceptional performance in the Project, Portfolio, and Project Controls Fields.

Courage. HPS consultant Ashwini Khaire entrusting her forearm to the claws of a beautiful tropical parrot in the Souq Waqif, Doha.

Skilled individuals create beautiful products. Metal and Stained glass lamps. Lamp Shop, The Souq Waqif.

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Fail Forward – 7 Principles For Life

Being a Project Manager is not easy. In fact, it’s pretty stressful. Increased levels of stress have been linked to decreased cognitive ability and heightened emotional response – not overly useful in what is already a highly pressurised environment.

As a Project Manager you will have encountered failure. Either on the micro or, unfortunately, macro level. What is of vital importance is how we internalise and deal with the failure…do you let it eat away at your confidence and allow seeds of self doubt to begin growing? Or do you retrospectively analyse the series of events leading up to the failure in order to learn from them? The latter is infinitely more useful to your personal and professional development.

Today, we’ll focus on the words of New York Times best selling author and world renowned leadership coach – John C Maxwell.

Fail Forward – 7 Principles For Life

1. Reject Rejection

Achievers who persevere do not base their self-worth on their performance. On the contrary, they have a healthy self-image that’s not dictated by external events. When they fall short, rather than labelling themselves a failure, they learn from mistakes in their judgment or behaviour. Your self-worth is not tied to how others perceive you. It’s based on how you perceive yourself.

2. Don’t Point fingers

When people fail, they’re often tempted to blame others for their lack of success. By pointing fingers, they sink into a victim mentality and cede their fate to outsiders. When playing the blame game, people rob themselves of learning from their failures and alienate others by refusing to take responsibility for mistakes. By refusing to accept responsibly for your failures, you rob yourself of your agency to dictate your course in life and work. Do not do this.

3. See Failure as Temporary

People who personalise failure see a problem as a hole they’re permanently stuck in, whereas achievers see any predicament as temporary. One mindset wallows in failure, the other looks forward to success. By putting mistakes into perspective, achievers are able to see failure as a momentary event, not a symptom of a lifelong epidemic. Refuse to become despondent if life is not going according to plan. Keep moving in a positive trajectory at all times.

4. Set Realistic Expectations

Unrealistic goals doom people to failure. For instance, if a person hasn’t exercised for five years, then making it to a gym twice a week may be a better goal than running in next month’s marathon. Also, some people insensibly expect to be perfect. Everyone fails, so expect setbacks and emotionally prepare to deal with them. Making some headway into achieving your goal is still better than making no progress at all. Be kind to yourself by setting realistic goals.

5. Focus on Strengths

Don’t invest time shoring up non-character flaws at the exclusion of investing in your strengths. People operating from a position of strength enjoy a far lower rate of failure than those labouring in areas of weakness. You’re built to give your talents to the world; be diligent about finding expressions for them in your career.

6. Vary Approaches to Achievement

In the Psychology of Achievement, Brian Tracy writes about four millionaires who made their fortunes by age 35. On average, these achievers were involved in 17 businesses before they finding the one that took them to the top. They kept trying and changing until they found something that worked. Keep evolving and developing. Always be on the look out for ways and opportunities to broaden your horizons.

7. Bounce Back

Rehashing missteps and blunders for too long sabotages concentration and eats away at self-confidence. When dealing with failure, achievers have short memories. They quickly forget the negative emotions of setbacks and press forward resiliently. While taking pause to learn from failures, achievers realise that the past cannot be altered and should therefore quickly be learned from and then left behind.

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Five Ways to Improve Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace

Workplace wellbeing. Mental Health. Are these subject we feel we can talk openly about? 

As we experience the ongoing shift of responsibility for monitoring and managing mental health from employee to employer, we ask the question, are employers doing enough to look after the mental wellbeing of their workers?

According to the mental wellbeing charity, time to change, almost one in three people have experienced mental health issues whilst in employment, with the cost of said mental ill-health reportedly costing each employer around £1035 per employee, per year.

It’s no secret that a career in Project Management is a stressful one. Whilst the role may indeed be satisfying (think about wrapping up, successfully, a large project you’ve been working on), there is also no denying that the job of Project Manager is also fraught with unforeseen stressors – often magnified by the amount of capital involved, or sheer size of the project, with some Project Managers quite literally feeling the weight of the world (civic centre designers, public transport contractors) crushing down on them.

Thanks to the work of a few notable figures and institutions (time to change, Prince Harry ect), there is a great emphasis on the importance of building a company culture that promotes improved mental health and wellbeing – with the reverse often and unfortunately being consequent of corporations becoming increasingly figure driven.

With this in mind, we’ve put together five simple ways for employers to improve mental wellbeing in the workplace.

1. Encourage your staff to form connections. 

It is widely know that feeling valued and cared for, by other people, is a necessary requirement for being a happy human being. Most people cannot happily exist in isolation, and the benefits associated with friendship and close relationships are widely documented. Start by working in some staff networking time on a weekly basis to help facilitate the formation of colleague bonds. Not only will this result in happier staff, but it will also increase creativity as your teams begin to communicate more.

2. Stay active

The mental health benefits associated with exercise are vast. Encourage staff to get out and about on their lunch break for a bit of exercise and some fresh air – especially on days such as today (26º today in London!) Consider organising monthly sports activities. Allow your staff to form teams for a bit of good natured rivalry.

3. Practice Mindfulness

Being present in the moment. It’s something thats surprisingly hard to do – especially with high stress financial targets being in place causing staff to continually look to the next sale. Take a few moments to consider your situation. Your surroundings. Take a deep breath and appreciate those things that make you happy. There’s no need to commandeer the CEO’s office for a daily yoga session, but actively encouraging staff to be present in the present, more often, could well reduce stress levels across the board.

4. Encourage Learning

You should never stop learning or developing your skills – and neither should your staff. Not only is it great for their own self-esteem, but many will be able to transfer and make use of their newly acquired skills within the organisation. Where possible, make it financially viable for your staff to engage in further training and learning.

5. Be proactive within the community.

Being a successful business leader offers tremendous opportunities to do good for a cause that matters to you. Having your employees be able to take part in projects that actively make a difference will greatly enhance and enrich their relations with work. If your company operates in a field that doesn’t usually get to ‘make a difference,’ it may be worthwhile looking into a few initiatives to achieve this. Outreach projects do not require large investment as many useful activities can be carried out for free.

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10 Ways to Become a Better Project Manager

No Project Manager should ever stop developing their skillset.

10 Ways to Become a Better Project Manager

1. Communicate…and communicate again.

Project Management is people management. So many errors arise as a result of misunderstandings – misunderstandings that could easily be avoided by more effective communication. So next time, take your communication above and beyond what you would normally deem adequate or suitable. Iron out those costly errors.

2. Project Management Tools

Aside from possessing strong organisational and time management skills, every Project Manager , in order to maximise their effectiveness and efficiency, should be using the correct Project Management tools – with our preference being Oracle Primavera’s Professional Project Management or PPM for short. Primavera P6 PPM boasts the most comprehensive and detailed project management functionality of any project management software on the market.

3. Time Management is king.

In fact, regardless of which field you’re in – be it Project Management or something less glamorous, effective time management skills really separate the wheat from the chaff, and turn mediocre, run of the mill Project Managers, into world class professionals. So minimise your distractions and increase your efficiency now.

4. Create Real Relationships with Stakeholders.

Whether you’re a freelance expert being brought onto a job, or part of an in-house Project Management team for a large corporation, building and maintaining real and honest relationships with key stakeholders will result in a better project life cycle and project experience for everyone involved. Start early in the project cycle – knowing the immediate network you’ll be working with, well, will allow you to more effectively govern and manage the project.  

5. Persevere 

It was Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of America, who said; ‘Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.’

Even the most omnipotent Project Manager will face setbacks and problems. Face them head-on and persevere.

6. Micro-Manage as far as possible.

Exceptional results are found in the fine details. Subdivide your larger projects into sets of smaller jobs. Monitor the true performance of your projects by setting subgoals and monitoring your progression against them. Failing to hit your time-sensitive small goals will also act as an early warning system signalling potential project failure. Act fast to correct the Project’s course.

7. Don’t over-plan.

Just get started. Certainly comprehensively plan your project – but do so within reason. Many obstacles cannot be planned for, and can only be overcome when encountered. No Project is static, with project requirements and goal being liable to change or be adjusted at any given moment. So push on, and discover what lies ahead.

8. We are better than I.

Project Management is collaborative, and you’re the facilitator. Not the boss. Listen to the opinions of junior colleagues and assume they know something you do not (…however unlikely that may be). Not only will this continue to allow growth in your personal skill set, but it is also likely to result in better overall Project heath, as you’ll be less likely to overrule or disregard good advice and suggestions.

9. Allow ample time for Procurement and Approval processes.

These two items can often present significant roadblocks on a Project journey if left unchecked. Communicate often and communicate early. If you’re working with an individual known for having poor response rates, take additional measures to ensure you get the information you need.

Include an urgent tag. Make the individual aware of the consequences of not acquiring the needed go-ahead by a certain date. Email and follow up with a phone call.

10. Learn from each and every Project – especially your failures.

‘Fail early, fail often’. You’ll learn more from your failures than your wins. After every Project has been concluded, take a comprehensive look back at your work. What worked well? What didn’t? What could you have done differently to have created a different, more successful outcome?

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Understanding Primavera Risk Analysis – Training Manual & PDF.

Every Project has some element of risk involved. Effective and successful organisations are the ones who effectively control their exposure to, and mitigation of, said risks. 

‘Risk’, as defined by businessdictionary.com, refers to ‘a probability or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss, or any other negative occurrence that is caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, and that may be avoided through preemptive action.’ 

Risk Analysis is concerned with the conceptualising and modelling of any potential risks companies may or may not be exposed to through their project and portfolio initiatives. In large corporations operating complex and capital intensive projects, small realised risks can often result in multimillion pound losses and/or project and schedule delays. Accurately modelling risk, and assigning numerical values to avoiding or remedying them, involves complex software processes, and is a highly specialised field.

Oracle’s Primavera P6 Risk Analysis tool, is considered by many to be the premium Risk Analysis software tool on the market today. Hyde Park Solutions offer market leading pricing on the application, and can also carry out bespoke in-person training on the Primavera P6 Risk Analysis software program.

Some basic examples of corporate risk applicable to risk management professionals include:

  • Increased competitive pressure: As consumer spending continues to fall, companies are facing stiffer competition to sell their goods and services.
  • Political trend: Politics can have a serious effect on market sentiment. The uncertainty associated with Brexit, and subsequent negative effect on the British motor industry is one such example.

Risk Analysts are facing considerable challenges in 2018.

Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis takes the uncertainty and guesswork out of risk management, instead empowering risk management officials through the provision of a comprehensive set of software tools enabling Project Managers to model and analyse risks and their probability of occurring, before planning and considering the cost and schedule impacts incurred when mitigating them.

Oracle Primavera P6 Risk Analysis comes with many essential and useful features built in, including:

  • Schedule Check
  • Templated Quick Risk
  • Risk Register Wizard
  • Risk Register
  • Risk Analysis Charts

The application also includes a Risk Analysis guide. Alternatively, a Primavera Risk Analysis Tutorial, and Primavera Risk Analysis PDF can be found here.

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UK’s Leading Project Management Firms Partner Up

Leading Project Management Consultancies – Hyde Park Solutions and th3rdcurve team up.

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with a firm of experts in project management and programme controls, th3rdcurve.

As part of our drive to meet demand for professional services across the Portfolio, Programme and Project Management and Controls space we are proud to welcome th3rdcurve as a partner.

th3rdcurve founders Niall Faris, Richard Palczynski, Simon Taylor and Hezron Ricketts bring a wealth of personal experience from major projects such as London 2012, London Underground’s Victoria Line Upgrade, Network Rail’s West Coast Mainline, Tideway, HS2 and Crossrail. Given their collective experience, they are widely recognised as the industry leaders in major projects planning and programme delivery. We will be working closely as we both continue to expand our range of active engagements within Government and private sectors globally.

The collaboration between HPS and th3rdcurve and subsequent sharing of expertise, greatly augments both parties’ capabilities, creating a resource of shared knowledge and expertise second to none in the European Project Management field.

Hyde Park Solutions CEO, Andrew Ross, had this to say: ‘th3rdcurve’s senior management team are one of the most experienced and successful PPM teams, globally. HPS and th3rdcurve’s combined teams, expertise and exceptional track record in Project Management is second to none.

We’re very excited to be working with Niall and his team both on customer engagements and through our joint support of the Association of Project Managers – the APM.’

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