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Skills Matter at CodeNode
Definition: “Project Controls are the data gathering, data management and analytical processes used to predict, understand and constructively influence the time and cost outcomes of a project or programme; through the communication of information in formats that assist effective management and decision making." They form a key part of a wide range of projects but also feature in agile projects too. The delay to Crossrail has also brought focus to the overall effectiveness of project controls; organisations are beginning to ask questions of their overall effectiveness. The existing project controls activities tend to be relatively manpower intensive. This presents a great opportunity for us to explore a new approach. By setting a bold target of 50% we can encourage our community to think outside of the box. On 9 Oct we will be running an interactive session comprising 3 elements: *10 min case studies from members of the community who are taking action to address the challenge. If you have an examples that you can share then please get in touch – no sales pitches please. *Results from the community based engagement in June (see below). *An interactive workshop where we will be exploring specific opportunities for improvement which we can work on collaboratively over the coming months. In the June workshop Projecting Success provided a community based engagement exercise to a number of organisations to explore the art of the possible with how to automate repetitive processes on the basis that the results could be shared with the community. They are now offering a free development opportunity to develop minimum viable products to explore how we can improve current methods, including exploring opportunities for disruption. If you are interested then please get in touch via [masked] This event will only be successful if we work together for the benefit of the community so please get in touch. Whether you are a project controls, data or project professional, there will be something for everyone. This is the first of our challenge based events and if it is a success we’ll be expanding it into areas of project delivery. Lets shake the tree and transform how projects are delivered. Please sign up with the venue to ensure that you can gain entry: https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/12720-improving-productivity-of-project-controls-by-50-using-advanced-data-analytics
BENCHMARKING AND DATA ANALYTICS FOR IMPROVED PROJECT PERFORMANCE Tim will introduce the subject of Benchmarking and illustrate with professional and personal examples. He will describe how considered use of data can drive continuous improvement, support target setting and foster sharing and learning across an organisation and with outside peers; and will explain how benchmarking can be applied to improving Project Performance and illustrate with examples of cost, schedule and performance benchmarking in addition to benchmarking for project best practice. Project Management topics that will be covered; - Benchmarking - Continuous Improvement - Target Setting - Knowledge Management - Best Practices The presentation will explore the potential for data analytics to enhance benchmarking by providing more insights around project plans, risks and practices and in real time show leading indicators of project progress and potential issues. BIO: TIM PODESTA Tim is a subject matter expert in project management; with particular interest in business/investment analysis, front end planning, benchmarking and assurance. He has deep experience of the oil, gas and petrochemicals industry. Tim has a track record of delivering cross cultural programmes in change management and process improvement. He celebrated 35 years with BP in 2016. In his last role with BP Tim led the back office for a major global corporate programme in the matter of safe and reliable operations which made significant improvements to operating performance across the group. Tim is an active member of PMI and the UK Chapter; he has presented at PMI Synergy and other Local Events. He is a member of PMI Toastmasters which meets twice a month in London. Tim is an experienced facilitator of live events and can work in English and French. BEATING THE ODDS: HOW TO MAKE YOUR DATA PROJECT OR TEAM PART OF THE 15% SUCCESS STORY Making data science a success is really hard with up to 85% of projects and initiatives around big data and data science failing, according to Gartner. The reasons are complex but often misunderstood. As project management begins to grapple with the opportunities presented by data science those responsible for implementation need to proceed with care. What is so different about data that it needs new approaches? This talk will focus on the requirements for data science success and looks at a future after the hype: Motivation: Vanity project or aligned business strategy with senior leadership buy-in? Requirements and preparations: Solid foundations or duct taped data silos and constant fire fighting bad data? Hiring: Unicorns with the right skill sets to be a commercial data scientist or expensive mis-hires? Delivery: Models in production serving business needs or undocumented proof of concepts on laptops? Retention: Roadmap of game changing projects or abandoned team and expensive write-offs? BIO: JAN TEICHMANN Jan is a successful leader in the data transformation efforts of companies and has a track record of bringing data science into commercial production usage at scale. He previously co-founded Cambridge Energy Data Lab where they celebrated a successful exit with Enechange.jp, an utility comparison platform, which is now the market leader in Japan. Jan is a highly skilled data scientist, data engineer and solution architect. He holds a PhD in Mathematics and offers a strong background in machine learning, statistical modelling and programming. He has extensive experience in big data, full stack development and interactive data visualisations which he uses to deliver engaging and comprehensive data science products which make an impact. Please note, the revised date and venue for this meetup. We will be hosting our meetup at Olympia (in the Self-Service Analytics Theatre), London following Big Data London, the UK's largest data and analytics conference and exhibition. To attend please make sure you register at https://bigdataldn.com/register.
Skills Matter at CodeNode
Over the last year we have seen a number of innovations come through the project data analytics community that elude to the value of advanced project data analytics. But why is the industry seemingly so far behind the others? Why does it require cultural change to implement? Why does "Google" not already exist for projects? Why do we need a "Google" for projects? What is the business case that we are all missing? In this talk, Greg will be tackling all of these questions, and more. He will be sharing with us a story on where the industry is going, a view on what is possible, and an image of what the "Google of projects" will look like. Most importantly, he will share with us the business case that we all need to encourage government bodies and industry leaders to embrace the data analytics revolution. Greg is the co-founder and CEO of Nodes & Links, a venture-backed technology company that improves the predictability and productivity of complex projects by taming the effects of complexity and unlocking the hidden value of their data. The talk will draw upon Greg’s experience of having to craft the arguments to raise venture capital funding. Please sign up with Skills Matter to ensure access to the venue: https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/12722-a-bn-business-case-for-advanced-project-analytics-a-story-from-venture-capital BIO: Greg Lawton is an Astrophysicist who spent 7 of the last 8 years of his career in BAE Systems (UK). He managed large defence programmes (£100M+), advised the Board of DIrectors on International Strategy, and owned key relationships with the UK Government and MoD. In early 2018 he left to co-found Nodes & Links with a simple vision: to create an organisation to lead humanity's efforts in taming complexity. The projects world is where this all begins.