Our first ever Project Management Roadshow received high praise from both speakers and delegates last Friday. The event gave an insight into the latest tools and techniques in project management, and allowed delegates to try out different methodologies.

The day began with an introduction from the Chief Operating Officer of APMG International, Nick Houlton, and the Head of USW Commercial Services, Julie Bellamy, before we focussed on our first product of the day – AgilePM®.

Peter Stansbury, DSDM Consortium Director at APMG, gave an overview of Agile, before our project and programme management lead consultant, Miles Huckle, delivered a taster session.

Over 50 delegates were split into six teams and were tasked with building paper aeroplanes, estimating how many successful flights they could make and testing the planes against the estimates, all while working in an ‘agile’ way.

The idea was for reflection and communication to improve over the course of the task, leading to better estimates and results.

The delegates then went on to learn about Change Management, with an overview by Gill Perry, UK Chair for Change Management, and a taster workshop by Miles Huckle, helping delegates to identify and lead change within a fictional organisation.

After lunch, the focus was on the PRINCE2® 2017 update, and how it works in practice, with Miles Huckle and Mark Barfoot from PeopleCert, before finishing the day with a workshop on Better Business Cases with our lead tutor Stefan Sanchez.

Nick Houlton, the COO of APMG International, said: “I thought the event was excellent. USW Commercial Services have obviously been able to engage people with the idea and vision of the day, meaning delegates arrived with high expectation, energy and enthusiasm.

“The format of the day kept people listening and doing – I have been very impressed with USW’s approach, and would like to thank them for organising a successful, engaging, informative and well-attended event.”

John Young, Internal Control at Celsa Manufacturing, said: “The day included a mix of high-quality speakers and sessions that allowed us to understand the different programmes and methodologies in a different, interesting way.

“I’ve never completed a project management qualification, but will definitely be considering it after today and taking everything I learnt back to my team at Celsa.”

Following the success of the event, USW Commercial Services and APMG International will be discussing creating a ‘Community of Practice’ for project management in Wales.

To speak to a member of our Business Development Team about any of our programmes, please email: [email protected].