34 episodes

Bringing you stories of how project professionals are adapting, pivoting and succeeding in a post-COVID world.

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This podcast is brought to you by APM, the chartered body for the project profession. For more information on how to join APM, visit apm.org.uk

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Bringing you stories of how project professionals are adapting, pivoting and succeeding in a post-COVID world.

Contact us at apmpodcast@thinkpublishing.co.uk

This podcast is brought to you by APM, the chartered body for the project profession. For more information on how to join APM, visit apm.org.uk

    From the Frontline: Fast and furious at net-zero Formula E

    From the Frontline: Fast and furious at net-zero Formula E

    In ‘From the Frontline’, Project journal editor Emma De Vita meets project professionals who are working on cutting-edge projects, and academics whose research is at the forefront of project management techniques.

    In this episode we meet Gemma Roura Serra, strategic planning director at ABB Formula E. Formula E is the world’s first all-electric single-seater car racing series, conceived to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and demonstrate leadership in the sports world by becoming the only sport to be net-zero carbon since inception. Its races are held in 12 city centres across the world, including London, New York, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Moscow and Beijing, where it debuted in 2014. The 45-minute races predominantly take place on 3km circuits and the cars go from 0–100km in 2.8 seconds with a max speed of 160 miles/hour.

    With over 20 years of experience in sports management, Gemma offers a strong hands-on background in the motorsports and events industries. In September she was promoted to strategic planning director focusing on calendar and event operations planning and roadmapping.

    In this podcast, Gemma shares her experience of masterminding a pioneering project with a sustainable message at its core.

    If you’d like a more detailed exploration of her work, please see Gemma’s APM webinar on Formula E, available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAOT9kbUIZI

    Contact us: apmpodcast@thinkpublishing.co.uk

    • 48 min
    From the Frontline: How to thrive in your career as a woman

    From the Frontline: How to thrive in your career as a woman

    In this special episode to tie in with APM’s annual Think Differently conference, Emma De Vita, the editor of Project journal, speaks to three ambitious female project professionals to talk about how to have a thriving career despite the barriers that organisational or team culture still persistently put in the way of individual women – women who might also be contending with bias around race or age. Change needs to happen, so let’s find out how to go about doing it from women who are all flourishing in their careers despite the challenges.

    On the panel are:


    Debbie Lewis, a portfolio programme manager at Fujitsu Services, and a speaker at APM’s Think Differently Conference
    Anita Phagura, a project manager with a background in transport who now empowers project managers to lead fiercely, authentically, and inclusively
    Emma Regulski, a programme manager at consultancy Faithful + Gould

    Get in touch at apmpodcast@thinkpublishing.co.uk

    Find out more about Think Differently at https://www.apm.org.uk/think-differently/

    • 43 min
    How to be a great communicator

    How to be a great communicator

    In this episode, hosted by Mike Hine, online editor for APM’s Project journal, we’re looking at communication for project professionals.

    Communication is a vital condition for project success. However well-planned, a project will not run smoothly if stakeholders are left confused and under-informed as a consequence of inefficient communication. With an ever-growing array of comms tools at their disposal, the project manager has some important decisions to make – as well as timing their communications properly, they need to ensure the methods they deploy are appropriate for the message and the audience. Projects of all sizes therefore need to have a communication strategy – particularly those which are complex or have a large number of stakeholders.

    Joining the podcast for this episode are:


    Ann Pilkington, co-founder and director of PR Academy, a provider of education and training in communication
    Tim Lyons, a programme and project manager working on large system and infrastructure programmes; and a member of the APM People SIG committee
    Elizabeth Harrin, who has over 20 years’ experience in leading IT, business change and process improvement projects across financial services and healthcare

    Resources:


    Communication planning white paper, by Ann and Tim
    Engaging stakeholders on projects – How to harness people power, by Elizabeth

    Contact us: apmpodcast@thinkpublishing.co.uk

    • 56 min
    Contracts and collaboration in a post-COVID world

    Contracts and collaboration in a post-COVID world

    Contracts create legally binding obligations between the parties involved in a project. They describe the nature of those obligations and the actions that can be taken if they are not met. As such, the contract is a foundational document whose content will come to define the project and how the work unfolds. It is there to provide certainty and protection to the parties. But in a post-COVID world, there may be an opportunity for contracts to be used to create ongoing collaborative relationships, rather than simply defining strict requirements and being regarded as a tool to give parties leverage in the event of acrimony.

    To find out a bit more, Project journal’s online editor Mike Hine spoke to two experts:


    Sarah Schutte of Schutte Consulting Limited, an independent solicitor-advocate and consultant; and
    Richard Cairnes, director at Currie & Brown’s London project and programme management team.

    Further reading:


    The first instalment of Sarah’s webinar series for APM’s Contracts and Procurement SIG can be found here, and for information on part two (14 September), click here.
    Read Richard’s latest APM blog here.
    Read the APM Contracts and Procurement SIG white paper Procuring for Agile Projects here.

    Contact apmpodcast@thinkpublishing.co.uk

    • 51 min
    From the Frontline: How to make better project decisions

    From the Frontline: How to make better project decisions

    In ‘From the Frontline’, Project journal editor Emma De Vita meets project professionals who are working on cutting-edge projects, and academics whose research is at the forefront of project management techniques.

    In this episode we meet Dr Natalie Marguet, a senior lecturer in leadership and organisational development at Liverpool John Moores University, and author of APM’s recent research paper Detect, Reflect and Adapt: Factors influencing critical project decisions.

    In this podcast, she shares the latest research into how project professionals can improve their decision-making. She’ll be giving practical advice on how you can become more effective in your work using simple techniques, as well as helping you to understand your personal decision-making style, how to adopt new styles and when to use them.

    Bad decision-making on projects has been identified as one of the key reasons for poor project performance, so every project manager has room for improvement and can learn from this new research.

    • 32 min
    From the Frontline: Lessons from the pandemic for better programme management

    From the Frontline: Lessons from the pandemic for better programme management

    In ‘From the Frontline’, Project journal editor Emma De Vita is meeting project professionals who are working on cutting-edge projects, and academics whose research is at the forefront of project management techniques.

    In this episode, we meet Emma Willson, who leads the National Audit Office’s Major Projects Delivery area of focus. She has worked at the NAO for almost 20 years, auditing a wide range of government programmes, from welfare reform to large-scale defence equipment projects.

    The NAO audits every government department and some arm’s length bodies, like the BBC, and a large part of its work is looking at major government projects, like Crossrail, HS2, Test and Trace and the government’s vaccine roll-out scheme, to consider whether they represent good value for money.

    The NAO also seeks to share lessons in how programmes can be better managed. Its reports include initial learning from the government’s response to the pandemic, and a report on learning from projects done at speed.

    We spoke to Emma to find out more about the valuable lessons for project management that the NAO’s unique position affords, in particular to reflect on the successes and failures of the pandemic when it comes to project delivery.

    • 28 min

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Really insightful

Really enjoying the APM Podcast. Really insightful and a fascinating window on how project managers are dealing with the pandemic.

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