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Welcome to the Project Data Analytics Community. We created this community to share best practise on leveraging data within a project, programme and portfolio environment.

We all know that data has the potential to transform how projects, programmes and portfolios are delivered, but practical implementation constraints often prevent the full value from being realised. At community meetups we will explore some of the challenges at the intersection of data analysis and project, programme and portfolio management and discuss how practitioners are working to resolve them, underpinned by real world examples. We'll also explore how machine learning and AI can help to resolve some of the challenges at the intersection of project / programme management and big data.

Project Data Analytics also have meetup communities in London, Bristol and the North-West.

Upcoming events (2)

How to ignite behavioural change by using design thinking and data storytelling

We have all worked in organisations that suffer from MI overload, that create constant reporting cycles and seem to have endless data but yet are not very data-driven when it comes to decision making. Very few of the many project reports and portfolio dashboards that we create today are actually used effectively by stakeholders to either stay informed or make decisions (still heavily relying on meeting discussions and ad-hoc verbal updates).

As we accelerate advances in project data analytics and the application of machine learning in project predictability, we need to ensure the outputs are understandable and usable to avoid creating more noise that can’t be consumed. This is especially important when applying ML / AI solutions as we have to overcome key trust and explainability challenges in adopting ‘black box’ outputs.

So before we get frustrated that no one uses or understands the sophisticated data solutions that we can create, we need to step back and think like product designers. At the end of the day we are creating data ‘products’ to help get a job done. These need to align to the needs and behaviours of both end users and decision makers.

The data outputs we create need to be easily consumed by being timely, relevant and actionable. In this meet-up we will explore how design thinking, data storytelling and behavioural change are as important as the data solution itself in enabling step change in how stakeholders use them and adopt a culture of data-driven decision making.

Speaker Bio:

Craig Mackay is CEO and co-founder of Sharktower, a B2B SaaS company providing AI-driven project management software. Craig has over 20 years’ experience in delivering large scale organisational and technology transformations. With experience in lean, systems thinking, user experience, customer journeys, behavioural psychology and design thinking - Craig understands that successful change management is fundamental to all project and solution delivery.

Bringing Data to Life with the Microsoft Power Platform: A Masterclass

Our second masterclass of 2021 will be led by Chris Huntingford!

This class will focus on giving you a full overview of the components within Microsoft's Power Platform and how they can be leveraged in your specific areas. We will take a look at the technical architecture and then snap this to several use cases to bring the technology to life.

Some more information about Chris and his work:

“I’m a geek and proud to admit it! I’m also a rather large, talkative South African who plays drums, wears horrendous Hawaiian shirts and has an affinity for engaging in as many social gatherings as humanly possible. have an intense enthusiasm for technology. I Currently work within the Avanade Global Center of Excellence team. I am a terrific tinkerer, a passionate problem solver and a magical maker. As long as I am creating something, I feel fulfilled. Technology provides me with my creative outlet, especially in a digital format.”

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