ppmlocalgovcamp took place in Cheltenham in April 2010. A wide range of organisations (including Greater London authority, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, London Borough of Hillingdon, Portsmouth City Council, Reading Borough Council, Sussex Police, Wolverhampton City Council) were represented which enabled an excellent exchange of views on how best to do project, programme, and portfolio management in the UK public sector.
The day ran as an ‘unconference’ and kicked off at 9.30 with a stimulating presentation from Sue Vowler on the topic: Budgets are cut! Why the portfolio office is more important than ever! The delegates then participated in a short ice breaker before selecting the topics for the day.
Once the topics were chosen, everyone got stuck into the sessions which covered a wide range of themes including:
- Why do projects fail?
- Benefits across partnerships
- Agile project management
- Back to basics – redesigning project management from scratch
- Positive risk management
- Portfolio reporting
- The London programme management approach
- Project management tools
- Non cashable benefits
If I had to describe the day in three words I’d say: ‘informative’, ‘productive’ and ‘fun’.
The event was a real team effort and couldn’t have happened without the support received from the guest speakers (Sue Vowler, Keith Richards), core team of facilitators/organisers (@fionalegge, @davidwenban, @johnnsteed, @davebriggs, @dalek41), commercial sponsors (@jaducms, @huddle, @8020i, @cheltenhamBC), and the enthusiasm of the delegates. I thank you all!
I think there’s a good chance that this sort of thing will catch on, and I’m very much looking forward to the next one.