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APM PMC SIG conference 2021, Project controls: but not as we know it, Close of conference, 13 July 2021

APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG Conference 2021 - Project controls: but not as we know it

Session title:
Close of conference
presented by Keith Haward
Tuesday 13 July 2021

The link to the write up page and resources of this conference:
https://www.apm.org.uk/news/apm-pmc-sig-conference-2021-project-controls-but-not-as-we-know-it/


Presentation synopsis:
Conference close session thanking all those involved for creating a successful event, to the delegates, the organising committee and speakers.


Conference description:
How will Project Data Analytics (PDA) change project controls in the future?

We all know that one of the key elements to successful project delivery is a robust project control system. But while many of these processes are well established, the ability to make maximum use of the resulting data has often proved challenging. But this is changing.

For those involved in project controls in any way, this conference shared the latest practical uses of PDA as well as a glimpse into the future!

The conference provided insight from a range of PDA practitioners as well as feedback from a recent Delphi research study on the topic.

PDA will be key to the profession as we look forwards, make sure you help us shape it to deliver what we really need

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APM PMC SIG conference 2021, Project controls: but not as we know it, Close of conference, 13 July 2021

  1. 1. Summing up and Close out - 1 ▪ Keith Haward – APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG co chair ▪ 45 years in Project Controls in the construction, rail and nuclear industries. ▪ For most of my career we’ve used computer based software programmes to assist us. ▪ Gradual sophistication and software development ▪ However over the last few years we’ve seen the beginnings of a major change ▪ “Project Controls – but not as we know it!” ▪ The PMC SIG was concerned that unless we ‘moved with the times’ we may become a ‘Kodak’ ▪ Today’s conference has enabled us to not only get up to speed with the latest developments, ▪ But also to get feedback from yourselves regarding these future trends ▪ So what have we learned today………………………
  2. 2. Summing up and Close out - 2 Disruption is coming.... are you ready? - Martin Paver ▪ The future is in our hands – respond or be disrupted ▪ Are we ready? ▪ We need collaborative working ▪ We need inter-connected data ▪ Are we going to be ‘software jockeys’ or Project Data Analysts? ▪ We can unlock doors and predict the future Punchcards to BI - Jay and Sanjay ▪ 4IR - we are in the 4th Industrial Revolution ▪ People - big changes require significant training and upskilling ▪ Process – plan your strategy, make small steps when changing your processes ▪ Be flexible, keeping records of lessons learned ▪ Systems – careful selection of the right tool for the job
  3. 3. Summing up and Close out - 3 Raiders of the Lost Knowledge – Steven, Yamini, Pragya and Milla ▪ How to get the key elements out of huge reports containing vast amounts of data ▪ They developed accessible and interactive reports enabling drill-down ▪ Primarily using Power BI and Sharepoint – pulling in data from several software packages ▪ We saw live examples of interactive Risk and Milestone Reports ▪ Enables teams to focus on the issues and not the data! ▪ “Turns Data into Insights and Insights into Actions” Implementation of the PPM tool – Stephen Jones ▪ Enables collaborative working ▪ Facilitates analytics and dashboard reporting ▪ Saves man-hours of data collection ▪ Reports can be tailored to suit different users ▪ Can ‘slice & dice’ to see what you want ▪ Feeds into Power Bi reports
  4. 4. Summing up and Close out - 4 PDA – the state of the art and science – Naomi Brookes ▪ Feasibility studies indicate that using PDA better could produce savings of over £23bn per annum in the infrastructure sector. But what are the barriers? ▪ Issues – data quality and consistent data formatting ▪ Training - every project professional needs to improve their data literacy. ▪ “We need examples of successful use of PDA to enable us to convince others” ▪ Fears – the unknown. What will it uncover? “I don’t want to be the one that reports the bad news!” ▪ Fears - ‘If a data analyst can give all this information and make that decision for me, what is my role as an executive?’.” ▪ All these factors influence each other. ▪ We need to approach adopting Project Data Analytics holistically. There is no ‘silver bullet’.
  5. 5. Summing up and Close out - 5 Key points to take away from the day…… ▪ 4IR – fourth Industrial Revolution, the Digital Age - it will be disruptive ▪ There’s going to be lots of data ▪ Too easy to produce vast reports for monthly reporting ▪ The challenge is managing it – how to focus on the issues and not the data ▪ We’ve seen the examples of software being used to drill down to where the issues are ▪ Software – be careful to select the right tool. ▪ Do we want to be ‘keyboard jockeys’ or project data analysts ▪ People – one of the big issues in the digital revolution is remembering people are key ▪ Training and upskilling is critical ▪ “Turns Data into Insights and Insights into Actions”
  6. 6. Summing up and Close out - 6 We’ve seen some excellent presentations and demonstrations from three organisations clearly showing how they are currently successfully using various software. Power BI has featured a lot and costs can be significant. There will be challenges, and possibly some opposition from a few people – but people are key. We’ve just heard about some of the barriers and fears about introducing Project Data Analytics in the results of the contemporary Delphi investigation. So clearly the future of project controls is changing – and changing fast. We must beware of the ‘Kodak approach’. We need to move into the digital age or we will become obsolete. So lets embrace these exciting new tools – don’t get left behind!
  7. 7. Our conference thanks to #apmpmc Speakers: Martin, Jay, Sanjay, Milla, Steve, Yamini, Pragya, Stephen and Naomi. Conference planning committee and facilitators: Edi, Ewan, Greg and Keith. And finally, most sincerely to you the delegates who have joined, participated, and networked today. If you want to stay in touch with PDA developments, our SIG has a working group
  8. 8. PMC SIG – PDA Working Group APM Planning, Monitoring and Control Specific Interest Group Current committee: Edi Hayward – co chair Keith Haward - co chair Ewan Glen - secretary Jay Armstrong Milla Mazilu Scot Butcher Virtual meetings (MS Teams) – 10.30 – 12.00 noon. 2nd Friday each month (except August) PDA Working Group chair – David Cox
  9. 9. Thank you for joining us!
  • CliveButlin

    Aug. 18, 2021

APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG Conference 2021 - Project controls: but not as we know it Session title: Close of conference presented by Keith Haward Tuesday 13 July 2021 The link to the write up page and resources of this conference: https://www.apm.org.uk/news/apm-pmc-sig-conference-2021-project-controls-but-not-as-we-know-it/ Presentation synopsis: Conference close session thanking all those involved for creating a successful event, to the delegates, the organising committee and speakers. Conference description: How will Project Data Analytics (PDA) change project controls in the future? We all know that one of the key elements to successful project delivery is a robust project control system. But while many of these processes are well established, the ability to make maximum use of the resulting data has often proved challenging. But this is changing. For those involved in project controls in any way, this conference shared the latest practical uses of PDA as well as a glimpse into the future! The conference provided insight from a range of PDA practitioners as well as feedback from a recent Delphi research study on the topic. PDA will be key to the profession as we look forwards, make sure you help us shape it to deliver what we really need

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