39 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

    6 project management lessons we learned in 2021

    6 project management lessons we learned in 2021

    It’s fair to say the past year has been another challenging one for project professionals, who have continued to navigate the complexities of the Covid pandemic, with schedules and budgets liable to change last minute and teams continuing to adjust to working remotely. Add to that the teething problems we saw following Brexit – and it’s clear that 2021 was a year in which project professionals had their work cut out.

    However, as our podcast guests have pointed out on many occasions, the most powerful lessons often emerge from periods of adversity. Many of the lessons learned during the first 18 months of the pandemic will feed into project plans and personal development goals as we move into 2022.

    So, on that note, in this episode of the podcast, Project’s online editor Mike Hine looks back at the past 12 months and presents some of the key project lessons of 2021, as told to us by our guests.

    So how did NASA put a rover on Mars amid a global pandemic? What are the untapped opportunities of project data analytics? And what might the UK’s vaccine taskforce programme teach us about how to streamline processes to enable quicker delivery when it really matters?

    Get in touch: apmpodcast@thinkpublishing.co.uk

    • 40 min
    Inclusive design for project professionals (From the Frontline)

    Inclusive design for project professionals (From the Frontline)

    In our From the Frontline season, 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 she speaks to Mike Bradley, a senior research associate at the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge; and Neil Smith, inclusive design lead for HS2 Ltd and one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates.

    They’ll be explaining exactly what inclusive design is, why it matters for your projects and how to do it well.

    • 46 min
    From the Frontline: Managing a cutting-edge renewables project

    From the Frontline: Managing a cutting-edge renewables project

    In this episode, Project journal editor Emma De Vita speaks to Tim Rose, programme manager at Energy Superhub Oxford, a four-year, £40m demonstrator project to explore potential innovation in using batteries to support grid stability, electric vehicle infrastructure and smart renewable heating. It aims to save 10,000 tonnes of CO2 every year once opened, increasing to 25,000 tonnes by 2032. Part of the Superhub is the UK’s first grid-scale hybrid battery energy storage system, led by Pivot Power (part of EDF Renewables), which plugs into the National Grid.

    The project is part funded by a £12m Innovate UK grant to demonstrate a model for other towns and cities and to improve air quality and support Oxford’s plans for rapid decarbonisation.

    In this podcast, Tim shares his experience of working on a highly innovative, cutting-edge project at the forefront of climate action, and gives his advice to project professionals on what they can learn from projects like these – and the skills you need to work in the area.

    • 41 min
    Dynamic conditions for project success

    Dynamic conditions for project success

    In this episode, hosted by Mike Hine, online editor for Project journal, we take a look at the topic of dynamic conditions for project success.

    Project professionals and organisations are always on the lookout for ways to enhance project outcomes, but doing so can prove elusive. It’s a topic of great interest to researchers, too, and to that end APM has recently published the report Dynamic conditions for project success. The report identifies organisational, professional, and societal dynamic conditions that can enhance project outcomes and explores how project professionals and organisations apply them.

    We spoke to three of the research team from the Universities of Sussex and Southampton – Dr Nicholas Dacre, Dr David Eggleton and Vasilis Gkogkidis.

    Download the report here.

    Get in touch at apmpodcast@thinkpublishing.co.uk

    • 49 min
    From the Frontline: How to improve project performance

    From the Frontline: How to improve project performance

    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 she speaks to the researchers behind Project X’s latest report, published by APM, called Rethinking Capabilities: Lessons for policy, scholarship and practice. Project X is an ESRC‑funded research collaboration between government, academia and industry representatives, aiming to generate unique insights into the performance of major projects and programmes in government.

    So why do some major projects perform poorly, and others perform well – and what can you do about it? We hear about some of the key findings and what you can do to put them into practice on your projects right now.

    On the panel:


    Dr Rebecca Vine is an assistant professor in accounting at the University of Sussex Business School
    Dr Dicle Kortantamer is a research fellow at the University of Brighton
    Dr Jas Kalra is an assistant professor in supply chain management at Newcastle University Business School
    Phillippa Groome is a doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex

    Read the research paper here.

    Find out more about Project X here.

    Get in touch with us: apmpodcast@thinkpublishing.co.uk

    • 56 min
    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

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