Getting it Done - Monica Sasso


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This is one of many excellent presentations given over the last three years of the eVa in the UK series. They can also be found in the archive at: along with back-copy video footage in http://evaintheuk/pmchannel
EVA19, the long established Earned Value conference, has this year described its theme as looking at a project management ‘ABC’ – Agile, Benefits and Complex.
The four day event, which returns to the Armourers Hall, runs from the 19th to 22nd of May with the flagship conference being held on 20th and 21st May and workshops before and after.
The conference will look at how this ‘ABC’ can be made to work within a portfolio and how agile fits into major and minor projects. It will investigate how to manage the relationship between portfolio benefits and project budgets, and whether complex projects even exist.
Conference organiser and APM chairman, Steve Wake says:
“Currently there is little evidence that this ‘ABC’ is being effectively deployed and managed. This conference aims to address that concern through EVA’s trademark blend of learning and professional development. Case studies and unusual presentations, delivered by top-notch speakers and experienced practitioners, will again engage and entertain the audience.
We’ve used string quartets to illustrate points in the past and this year we will be using a Blues band for the first time.”
Speakers across the two days include many familiar faces from the APM events programme including; Adrian Pyne of the APM ProgM SIG ‘Changing the project wasteland with a portfolio culture that works,’ APM Honorary Fellow Tim Banfield Director at the Major Projects Authority and Stephen Jones, Sellafield and Planning Monitoring and Control Specific Interest Group (PMC SIG) and Carolyn Limbert of the APM PMC SIG to talk about agile, benefits and complex.
Peter Taylor, the Lazy Project Manager will be presenting on “The project manager who smiled” and the ever popular Stephen Carver will present the leadership lessons that can be learnt from Alfred the Great.
In addition, there will be speakers from AIRBUS, TfL, Bloodhound, Heathrow T2 and London Tideway Tunnels.
The conference will be supplemented by a number of workshops being held at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Bloomsbury Square on Monday 19th and Thursday 22nd May 2014.
'eVa in the UK' is building a reputation, brand and a learning legacy for the Project Management Profession. The event series is now in its nineteenth year. It is almost as if it all kicked-off when Steve Wake was in short trousers and knights roamed the land on their chargers!
#eva19 is an excellent example of Listening, Learning and Leading #apmLLL in action, and great opportunity for professional development.

I would encourage anyone who is interested in 'Building a better Project Manager,' to take a look at the web site, and book your place and get involved.

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  • Barclays interview change vs project. Consulting stuff, arts and craft, food network, dr. braswellI am going to share the world according to Monica – i.e. put projects into buckets, that’s how our brains work, but I will ask, do the buckets matter? Or is it more about just getting it done?
  • The world according to Monica
  • What’s missing, the people who DO IT.
  • All of the plans in the world will not help you succeed. Following a process, gate reviews, don’t deliver projects, YOU DO and your TEAMS DO.Notes: AR turning business transformation into an IT project- If sponsor doesn’t get it, then you gotta bring them along too….they are accountable but you are responsible, and let’s be honest, if it goes wrong, you get the blame.Sometimes it’s a case of getting past all the process stuff and figure out what really is the end goal Understand what needs to get done.
  • And if you cant DO IT, then make sure that everyone else knows you cant, assume your way out of it, communicate with the sponsor and stakeholders to make sure that no one is snowed. CYA.
  • And if you cant DO IT, then make sure that everyone else knows you cant, assume your way out of it, communicate with the sponsor and stakeholders to make sure that no one is snowed. CYA.
  • Getting it Done - Monica Sasso

    1. 1. +44(0) 7511 205 025 • • Fit Biz Consulting Limited registered in England and Wales No. 7772383 Change, Project, Programme Management vs. Getting It Done EVA18 London June 2013 Monica Sasso
    2. 2. The Great Project Debate There is always a debate about change management vs. project/programme management, then throw in the word transformation, and it gets even more complicated. How can you make sense of what fits where, and more importantly deciding what really matters when setting yourself and your project up for success. 11th-12thJune2013EVA18 2
    3. 3. 4 Project “Categories” Matrix Types of Projects Examples P3C Category Big Infrastructure Infrastructure, bridges, data centres, etc. Projects as part of a Programme, probably within a Portfolio. Consulting Firm Projects Most of consulting work is project-based, i.e. they will have a contract to deliver work packages. Definitions don't matter. The “Oh Bother” Projects Stuff that businesses HAVE to do for regulatory, legal, safety, etc. reasons. All 4, but JDI Business Transformation System integration to drive a new TOM Change, but may sub- divide to simplify, track, to ensure delivery. 11th-12thJune2013EVA18 3 Black & White Grey
    4. 4. Making Sense of it Test question: Are ALL of these “Projects”? • Projects? • Programmes? • Portfolios? • Business Changes? APM’s definition: A unique, transient endeavour undertaken to achieve planned objectives. 11th-12thJune2013EVA18 4
    5. 5. What Really Matters to Project Success? 11th-12thJune2013EVA18 5 Your turn
    6. 6. Quieting the Noise Divorce the Project from the Endeavour What’s really CHANGING? • Is it the system or is the TOM • Is the business trying to weed out dead wood and bring in new life • What ultimately is going on Make sure you have a sponsor that “gets it” It’s ok if sometimes the “plan” isn’t always your Bible… 11th-12thJune2013EVA18 6
    7. 7. Setting Yourself Up for Success Create clearly defined Objectives Ensure you are the expert on the 5 Ws & 1 H Ensure you are delivering / can deliver the Benefits to the business Engage the customer; make friends Bring people on the journey Develop a high performing team – they’re the ones that have to do the work. Own it. Just Do It. Exactly as you said you would. 11th-12thJune2013EVA18 7
    8. 8. Questions Monica Sasso +4487511205025 @Fit_Biz 11th-12thJune2013EVA18 8