Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Planning

UK IT Industry Awards & PMO Mini Masterclass

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“The benchmark for outstanding performance throughout the UK computer industry”

The UK IT Industry Awards were held on the 18th November at the Battersea Park Events Arena in London. The event was really something to behold: with over 1300 attendees, the awards brought together some of the industry’s leading members for the biggest IT event of the year. Hosted by the comedian Stephen K Amos, there was live entertainment in a magnificent marquee, a champagne reception and brilliant three-course meal.

The awards focused on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies from all around the UK that have excelled in the ‘usage, development and deployment of IT in the last twelve months‘. We’d like to start things off by saying a huge congratulations to all entrants, as getting to this stage was no small task!

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The categories for the awards were split into four sections, celebrating excellence in Organisational, Personal, Project and Technology fields. With so much to celebrate, there were a whole host of awards including IT Team of the Year, Young IT Professional of the Year, Workplace Transformation Project of the Year and Business IT Innovation of the Year, to name a few.

As you can guess, the calibre of entrants was extremely high, so the judges were set with a tough task. All entrants had to supply the following for judges to mull over:

  • An overview to be used for PR purposes
  • Four sections detailing their achievements against the four criteria for their award category
  • A summary statement

Spoilt for choice

With so much excellence to choose from, the criteria for judging had to be precise. Entrants were judged on four specific areas dependent to the award category, covering the entire project management process:

  • Professionalism
  • Innovation
  • Role Model
  • Measurable Success
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Return on Investment
  • Quality of Management
  • Impact

And the winner is…

A massive congratulations to all the winners, but we would like to mention in particular Cystic Fibrosis Trust, who won the Workplace Transformation Project of the Year award – pictured above with our Director Gero Renker! We have had the opportunity of working with them before and know firsthand about all the great work they do, so it was great to see them come out on top.

As some of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust staff suffer from the disease themselves, the ability to work from home is important for them to avoid cross-infection. This makes efficient and effective collaboration and communication vital for their company and its objectives. Our case study explains in more detail our partnership, and our work with their IT strategy programme manager, Shaun Le Geyt.

We were able to help the charity with an infrastructure upgrade and move to Office 365. We know as well as anyone all the incredible hard work everyone there has put in, so we’re extremely happy they were presented with the Workplace Transformation award. Very well deserved!

Gero, had the following to say on Cystic Fibrosis’ success:

“It’s really great to see [Cystic Fibrosis] win the award for Workplace Transformation Project of the Year. I’m especially happy for Shaun, who I know worked so hard on the project. My congratulations to everyone involved.”

To see the events as they expired on Twitter, take a look at the hashtag #UKITAwards and follow the event account @UKITAwards.

PMO Mini Masterclass

And that’s not all! The PMO Mini-Masterclass is an evening of PMO learning, put together based on topics that you, the attendee, are interested in. The sessions are held every other month by PMO Flashmob, and the next date in the calendar is the 26th November. It’s a fantastic opportunity to help anyone within a Project Management organisation with their Resource Management. The event is being held in an iconic location – the Lloyd’s Building on Lime Street.

The role of the PMO in Resource Management can be quite a broad one. From the utilisation of resources and the need for timesheet management; to resource capacity, allocation, forecasting and modelling, It’s no doubt that PMOs have a multitude of different roles they need to carry out. Not only are they assigned with a high number of tasks, each one has a high level of complexity, and it leaves stakeholders with many questions that they need answers for. Such as:

  • Where should I start when it comes to providing services around Resource Management?
  • How should I work with stakeholders to ensure Resource Management objectives are met?
  • What skills do I need for providing a Resource Management service?

Fear not, however, as this PMO Mini-Masterclass holds the key. It is specifically designed to facilitate specific conversations and learning involving the challenges that PMOs face in their role in Resource Management. And to further help us do that, Paul Major, Founder of Program Framework, will be speaking at the event.

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Paul has over 20 years’ experience in managing performance and delivering strategic change in multinational corporations. His talk will be structured around the 4 stages of PMO involvement in Resource Management, and will look to give practical insights on how to tackle these in your organisation. Paul will combine his expertise with Tempus Resource, the Resource Management tool from ProSymmetry. Tempus Resource was recently discussed at the Gartner PPM & IT Summit in July, and more recently at the Gartner Symposium/ITXpo in Barcelona earlier this month.

 

There’s not long until the Mini-Masterclass gets underway this Thursday, tickets aren’t quite sold out so you can still come along by booking your place here. For those attending, we look forward to seeing you there.