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Facilitation - Cath Convery

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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: http://evaintheuk.org/archive 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' http://evaintheuk.org 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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Facilitation - Cath Convery

  1. 1. Facilitation – the glue that is needed for management and project success Cath Convery
  2. 2. Success is a project • Facilitation and how it can add value? • Ensuring that people have the opportunity to work together.
  3. 3. So who am I? • Previously a soldier • Now run a SME training and consultancy company • Education technologist • Psychologists • Change Manager • Project Manager
  4. 4. • Do you hate going to meetings?
  5. 5. Or is more work done at the water cooler?
  6. 6. A Camel
  7. 7. So what does that tell us? • Meetings bring out the worst in us • A collective group is less intelligent than a single individual.
  8. 8. Meetings are like herding cats
  9. 9. So what does that tell us? • We’re ungovernable as individuals • Resist collective organisation
  10. 10. • Do you hate going to meetings? – We know that people learn by doing – so why is it so different in meetings?
  11. 11. Why Change? • 2020 vision and strategy – More with less – Organisation is overheated – Manpower reductions and need to release more personnel to the front line – Need to innovate to allow for rapid improvement
  12. 12. Boredum
  13. 13. Too make easy
  14. 14. Make things easy Desired outcomes
  15. 15. So what are we doing and why? • Moving to inspiration • Moving to inclusion • Elevate the contribution of those involved • Decision by consensus • Collecting data • Acting as the glue for the project and change manager
  16. 16. People • Is the solution “people centric” • Include the team in the process • Use the best people for the correct task (collaborate) • Diverse
  17. 17. Community • Company wide conversation • Talk and work together
  18. 18. Environment • The physical space matters The facilitator is designing a temporary space We shape our buildings and they in turn shape us Churchill We shape our meetings and they in turn shape us Facilitator
  19. 19. Process for the meeting • Drawing on the skills as – a psychologist – Educational technologist
  20. 20. Series of meetings • Building on successful outcomes of previous meetings.
  21. 21. Creativity • If you keep doing the same things don’t be surprised when you keep getting the same results. In order to achieve a different end result you need to do something different Mark Twain • Bottled water to FOBs – there are solutions that can clean river water to a potable standard using renewable energy (it has failed to get any attention)
  22. 22. Why? • People support what they help create Move from “who are you” to “How can I help”
  23. 23. APMG’s new qualification http://www.elsbusinesstraining.co.uk/Facilitation