What we're about

Welcome to the Project Data Analytics Community. We created this meet up 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. This meetup 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.

The Bristol meetup will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at RSM's offices.

Please check out our community site at http://projectdataanalytics.uk . We are in the process of refreshing it but it will have details of events, community news, videos, slides, blogs and a series of resources on how to get started in project data analytics.

We also have a London meetup and great Hackathon on 23-24 Feb at the Microsoft Reactor in London. Masterclasses, real data, free Azure passes for the weekend, prizes and expert advice on hand. Tickets available at this link ( https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/projecthack-february-2019-tickets-53220638362 ).

Upcoming events (4)

The Road to Project Data Analytics Greatness, in 2 hours

Within this session James Smith, PhD will be walking you through all the components of project data analytics, through the lens of a project delivery professional. Many existing roles will look radically different in a few years time; for some it will be a matter of adapt or become obsolete. We will cover everything that we'll need in our armoury to adapt over the coming years. From Power BI to automation, data pipelines to Python. We will explain why we'll need it, what we can do with it and how to go about it all in a practical manner. Doesn’t this sound like IT?! We don’t think so -these capabilities are becoming mainstream and a key part of our future project delivery roles. For anyone who is interested, we will also run an extra session (hour 3) at the end to help you build you with your own project. Whether that’s building an app, cleaning some data, creating an actionable dashboard. We will utilise low code solutions to remove some of the anxiety for those who are less technically minded.

Facing up to the challenges of data volume and data quality

I'm sure you've all been here before. You want to use data to improve the way your projects are delivered, but you need more data... How do you get more data? By getting more users to input data and improve their experience from using the data. But wait, you don't have enough data... And the data you have is bad... How do you improve the quality, and ultimately, trustworthiness of your data?? On the 28th October, Lynsey Taylor, Sharktower CCO and data geek, will be sharing insights from real-life examples of the impact of these data challenges and showing you some tips and tricks to help overcome the hurdles. Bio of presenter: Lynsey Taylor is the Chief Customer Officer and co-founder of Sharktower. She is responsible for customer success and delivery of product solutions to support this. Lynsey has a passion for using data to improve project delivery and achieve successful business outcomes. She has always loved being able to interrogate any data she can get her hands on (SQL is her language of choice) and welcomes any opportunity to discuss how data could be used and how it is structured. She is also the original designer of the data model that sits behind Sharktower.

The Road to Project Data Analytics Greatness, in 2 hours

Within this session James Smith, PhD will be walking you through all the components of project data analytics, through the lens of a project delivery professional. Many existing roles will look radically different in a few years time; for some it will be a matter of adapt or become obsolete. We will cover everything that we'll need in our armoury to adapt over the coming years. From Power BI to automation, data pipelines to Python. We will explain why we'll need it, what we can do with it and how to go about it all in a practical manner. Doesn’t this sound like IT?! We don’t think so -these capabilities are becoming mainstream and a key part of our future project delivery roles. For anyone who is interested, we will also run an extra session (hour 3) at the end to help you build you with your own project. Whether that’s building an app, cleaning some data, creating an actionable dashboard. We will utilise low code solutions to remove some of the anxiety for those who are less technically minded.

Project:Pluggedin - 18th November 2020

Online event

Projecting Success in collaboration with the Project Data Analytics Community are excited to bring you an all-new Event! Project:Pluggedin is a brand new event that promises to keep you updated with all the latest developments and tools within project data analytics. The event boasts four talks from various project data experts. Starting with a deep exploration into a conceptualised future of data, to showcasing real existing AI-solutions and a Coronavirus infodemic. This event is not one to miss! Agenda: 1) Andy Murray (Director, Major Projects Association): Project data analytics will help to transform how we deliver projects. But there is a divergence in opinion on the extent to which it is likely to impact. Within this talk I’ll be sharing my thoughts on how future project delivery will need to adapt to this impact to optimise project efficiency. 2) Neil Greenhorn (Implementation Lead, Sharktower): Sharktower is AI-driven project management and it is for anyone who has had enough of siloed working, delayed updates and missed deadlines. Not only does it increase the efficiency of managing projects, but under the surface, Sharktower’s ML models analyse data to spot problems before they happen, showing project health, slippage and team sentiment in a truly objective way. Sharktower increases the probability of delivering projects on time, on budget, and engaging the whole business in achieving successful business outcomes. 3) Mark Austin (Director, AutoMutatio): The Coronavirus infodemic – Making sense of the data overload in construction. This case study will demonstrate what project management professionals can learn from the COVID-19 infodemic. AutoMutatio will be sharing how they can equip the world to find value in change using the case study of the COVID-19 infodemic. Showing how insights have been gained by monitoring the advice provided to the UK during COVID 19 and how this learning can be applied to construction projects. For example, Friday up to 3x more change lands on Friday – as people head home for the weekend. 4) Announcement to be made soon!

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