Top Sessions at the Spring Project Challenge Show

Project Challenge is back on the 6th and 7th March at London Olympia. It’s the number one project management expo show in the UK and features four streams of sessions alongside the project management exhibition.

Here are just some of the latest overviews of the sessions, register to attend the show for free:

The Value of Project Management” PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession®

Caterina La Tona, Chair of PMI’s 2018 Board of Directors


At this ‘Pulse of the Profession®’ presentation, you will learn what PMI’s latest research reveals in project and program results. For the first time in five years, more projects are meeting original goals and business intent and being completed within budget. While this progress is likely due to many factors, the presentation identifies the organizational investments that PMI research shows helps organizations achieve their strategic initiatives and realize their business goals.


You will learn what those organizations we identify as Champions do that differentiates them from underperformers.


Using PPM tools to answer Business Requirements whilst improving delivery and forecasting 

Phil Howe, Project Management Excellence Leader – Europe, Honeywell Building Solutions

Have you wondered how you can improve efficiency in project delivery whilst also providing accurate business data to meet corporate requirements in as efficient manner as possible?

Do you suffer project deviation in terms of time, cost, scope without visibility of the root causes?

Do you run your projects with MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint?


Hear how Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS) has deployed a portfolio management solution to provide better control, insight and governance and it is now incorporating business requirements into the standard “running a project” methodology to provide reduced data entry, allowing data to be entered once for use by many and building a platform for all aspects of project control. Listen to the overview of how HBS has built on its successful global deployment of a standard PPM application with project forecasting modules that provides three outputs:


1.       Project cost profiling

2.       Bottom-up project EAC calculation

3.       Business revenue forecasting


And provides the basis for further developments such as cash flow modelling and labour planning.


The Importance of the Project Board in directing successful projects using PRINCE2.

Allan Thomson, Future Product Lead, AXELOS

The role of the project board is critical to providing the proper direction for the project manager

Surveys and benchmarks from organizations like PMI’s Pulse of profession, The Standish Group’s Chaos Report, National Audit Office (NAO), and many more, give insight into the key success factors of successful projects and also, importantly, why many projects fail.


In all these reports, we find recurring factors like lack of user involvement, speed of decision making, and senior management commitment. Even allowing for the project manager’s expertise, drive and commitment, it’s the senior manager and project board member who is ultimately accountable for these success factors.


The project board can make a project a success by building a facilitating culture, showing commitment, supporting decentralized decision making, and making sure the right users are involved.

What happens when individual entrepreneurs lead change, and why do we need our large organisations to survive?

Cameron Stewart, Head of Product Development for PPM, AXELOS


High profile individual investors and entrepreneurs are increasingly the drivers of business and societal change. What happens when they find efficiency that existing market participants can’t?


Should we simply accept that some large corporate organizations and government institutions are destined to fail? Or can very large organisations change quickly enough and positively enough to survive the next 5 to 15 years?


Understanding your value in the Project Management market

John Thorpe, Managing Director, Arras People

With 2018 looking to be another challenging year, there is much to consider when trying to understand the UK market for Project Management practitioners. “What am I worth?” is one of the most common questions posed by PM practitioners along with “How is the market?” both of which do not have a simple answer!


Join John, the author of the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR), as he explores the results from the 2018 Arras People report in the context of the UK market to offer practitioners a view on what this means for you!


Evolution of the prehistoric sticky notes

Liam Pettit – MatchWare

Are you having problems creating and optimising the work breakdown structure? Are you constantly re-creating data throughout the life cycle of the project for presentations or reporting purposes? These issues can be easily solved by applying mind mapping technology to the project life cycle.


Mind Mapping has been widely used for the past 40 years in all aspects of business and education. Traditionally used as a brainstorming tool, but more recently it’s been optimised for the project manager. Mind Mapping is an increasingly popular topic in project management because when paired with technology it will increase productivity by 25%. Specifically, it helps the project manager in the WBS process and converting the WBS into a Gantt. Mind Mapping technology has further benefits because of the strong integration with MS Office.


If you feel like you need to optimise your WBS process and are looking for ways to communicate the project plan more successfully…this is the session for you.