PMI Newsletter April 22

P R O J E C T M A N AG E M E N T I N S T I T U T E - U K C H A P T E R

BEING AN ENACTUS JUDGE

FOCUS ON PMI AGILE CERTIFICATIONS

A P R I L I S S U E LEADER

UK Chapter News

Who’s who?

Welcome

Insight

Editor’s welcome:

Through this news round-up, we look to highlight innovative and emerging news, regulation, and research, as well as including experts from the PMI UK Chapter exploring new ideas, technologies, and best practices within project management. In this addition, we have a full list of all events happening, as well as an introduction to the thought leadership series. I would also like to thank each and every one of you for your support, I’m looking forward to working with you, hopefully in person later this year! As ever, please stay healthy and should you have any questions, then feel free to get in touch with anyone of the PMI team. I hope to bring more good news in next month’s newsletter. Should you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. Happy reading. Navjot

Navjot Singh, Newsletter Editor

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UK Chapter News

Enactus Nottingham takes first place at The UK National Expo The Enactus UK National Expo showcases and celebrates the collective impact created by its network of student, business, and academic leaders across many industries and throughout the UK. The signature event for Enactus UK, the UK’s leading combined youth social action, and youth social enterprise organisation with more than 3,500 student members, took place on April 11 2022, at the ExCel Centre in London and featured the UK’s leading social innovation projects developed by Enactus student teams from more than 60 campuses nationwide. This dynamic, energy-filled event brought together more than 500 university students as well as more than 300 university staff and senior UK business leaders for a day of celebration and collaboration of Youth Social Action and Youth Social Enterprise. With more than 5,000 participants, volunteers, and supporters across the UK, the Enactus UK National Expo 2022 is more than a competition—it’s an exclusive look into the evolution of social business, the potential of our youth, and the future of our planet.

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During the event, the top five Enactus UK teams presented their social entrepreneurship projects to panels of over 90 final round judges including notable global business leaders.

At the Enactus UK National Expo 2022 held at the London Excel Centre on 11 April, the Enactus Nottingham team from the University of Nottingham won the National Champion 2022 and will now go on to represent the UK at the Enactus World Cup held in San Juan, Puerto Rico to be held later in the year between the 30th of October and 2nd of November 2022. The runners up were the teams from the University of Sheffield, Kings College London, the University of Southampton, and the University of Exeter.

The celebration didn’t end there as numerous prizes winners, award recipients and achievements were recognised from across our network including students, teams, and partner organisations.

Amy Brereton, Enactus UK COO, said:

These #NextGenLeaders demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership with projects and businesses that create immense, collective impact across the UK and around the world. Their passion, determination, and resilience to succeed in such challenging circumstances over the past few years, not only fills me with immense pride, but a huge amount of hope for the future and for the next generation of responsible leaders who will soon enter the world of work.

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In addition to competition, the Enactus UK National Expo featured three amazing keynote speakers – two were Enactus alumni, Aaron Probert, and Julius Ibrahim, who showcased the impact of Enactus UK on their lives both personally and professionally. A new addition to the Enactus community, Hayley Bennett, spoke of her work in driving inclusivity in organisations and the importance of advocating for equality. More than this, many leading top graduate recruiters from across the UK featured as part of the Enterprise and Employability Fair, alongside additional interactive learning and employability sessions run by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Unilever.

More about Enactus:

Founded in 2001, Enactus UK is the UK’s largest youth social action and youth social enterprise charity that shapes entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social, and environmental health of the UK. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,500 entrepreneurial higher education students led 230 community outreach projects and business ventures last year in communities across the UK. As a global network of 35 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world for us all.

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UK Chapter News Being an Enactus Judge PMI UK members should consider seriously responding to calls for volunteers to act as Judge in the Enactus UK University competition. Why? Simply put because it’s an obvious win-win for student-entrepreneurs and for you! I was first invited to be a Judge in Spring 2020 for the opening round of the UK competition, and then the semi-final. Since then, I have also judged at the World Cup 2021 and the UK 2022 opening round and semi-final, and I hope to continue to serve for many years to come. Back to the start and Spring 2020: the world was spinning with the emergence of Coronavirus, my legal and training business Schutte Consulting Limited (SCL) felt like it was on ‘pause‘, whilst industry dusted itself off from the shock and worked out what support it needed. Lockdown followed swiftly. So, I looked for opportunities to improve myself (student not teacher!), and to use the headspace to give SCL some long overdue tender, love, and care. All whilst home-schooling two primary age children. In amongst Carbon Literacy, end of year accounts, Joe Wicks, certificates in SEO and data security, along came Enactus UK.

I was attracted to Enactus because, as a sixth former in the mid-90s’, I had jumped at the first opportunity to get involved in Young Enterprise; it was something entirely different from ‘school’, it was about using seed capital and making a little business within the local community. I had really enjoyed the teamwork activities of buying-selling-investing-failing-starting over (although “director of marketing” was definitely not my thing!). There were some useful parallels but there were tiny, and inevitable, given the differences in age /maturity and over 25 years of business, plus technology enabling work-at-speed and global connections.

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The Enactus UK University Entrepreneur programme was a supercharged version of what I’d done, plus it was squarely aimed at triple- bottom line projects (People, Planet and Profit), with a healthy dose of project management, business planning and leadership of customer and stakeholder demands.

PMI members, fellow project professionals of all varieties, this is where you come in. As a Judge, Enactus UK students present to you (virtually) their 3–4-page Annual Report and a 12-minute video. That’s it: a year of work squished into these two items. In an online form containing set criteria, you watch, read and score each, then score overall. The time commitment for Judges doesn’t have to be great, but rather it is smart, because you have to listen hard for the students’ threads of entrepreneurship, how they tie together and the challenges overcome, as well as planned next steps to keep the project wheel turning, and succession planning for handing to the next cohort. It’s uplifting stuff! In addition, there are two boxes to provide feedback about the presentations and the projects; I try to give both praise for achievement and effort, coupled with ideas to consider taking forward e.g., to improve visibility of risk, to scale-up etc. All in all, I have found judging a very welcome activity, I have learned a lot about how the next generation are doing business, maximising technology, and minimising footprint. This combination I find inspiring, especially when the world feels insecure. PMI Members: we can support them on their way and learn from them too.

About the Author:

Sarah is an independent solicitor-advocate, legal consultant, and training provider via Schutte Consulting Limited. She specializes in construction and engineering, infrastructure and commercial development contracts with 20 years’ qualified experience in portfolio, project and programme management (P3M), PMO and Law. Sarah is a speaker for PMI-UK and global chapter events, and regularly speaks at industry and legal conferences, writes for various publications, and contributes to online forums. Sarah also volunteers as a judge for PMI-UK at Enactus events.

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Insight from our contributors Focus on PMI Agile Certifications

Each team has its own ways of working. Yet, you stick to a widely used framework or one of the numerous agile approaches out there. Sure, a framework can help, but the smartest path forward often borrows

“Disciplined Agile is the future of agile... and (it helps agile to) start working for you from day one.”

– Richard Magu, Project Manager

thinking from several. That’s where Disciplined Agile ® (DA ® ) can help.

What is DA ® ?

DA ® is not a framework, but rather a toolkit that focuses on the decisions you need to consider, the options available to you, and the trade-offs associated with these options. It shows you how to effectively combine strategies from Scrum, Kanban, SAFe ® , and many other approaches in a tailorable and scalable manner. Organisations that adopt DA ® go to market sooner, deliver value faster and make their customers happier.

Start your DA ® journey

Over the next few months, I would like to focus on the different Agile certifications that PMI offers, and the approaches to training and certification via a progressive path to agile mastery. The first in this series, is the Disciplined Agile Scum Master™ (DASM™) certification.

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Your PMI Agile Learning Journey

Experienced in Agile and needs to deal with complex situations

DAVSC Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant TM

Wants to lead transformations

Any team member new to agile

Gains Agile experience

DASSM Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master TM

DASM Disciplined Agile Scrum Master TM

DAC Disciplined Agile Coach TM

Wants to coach in DA

Gains Agile experience

Wants general agile knowledge

PMI - ACP PMI Agile certified Practitioner ©

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Do you find yourself...

• F acing an ever-changing environment?

• U sing a framework of steps that makes no sense?

• Feeling your agile practice doesn’t deliver what it should?

Is your team treading water using waterfall? Do you feel trapped in an agile framework? Would you like to find solutions to the problems you’ve been wrestling with? Are you looking for ways to enhance your team’s agility?

The DASM™ certification equips you to successfully lead agile teams, thereby future-proofing your career in a world in which agile is fast becoming the way forward. The DA ® tool kit includes hundreds of proven practices, including Scrum, Kanban, SAFe ® , and even some predictive approaches, and puts them into context. By taking the course — and becoming DASM™ certified — you’ll understand how to customize your way of working to the approach that makes sense for the situation you face in your organization and industry. The DASM™ is a nine-module, five to six-hour self-paced online course that shows you how to use DA ® to improve your team’s way of working. You’ll become familiar with foundational agile and lean practices that DA ® supports, practice using the tool kit to solve problems, and learn how to build high-performance teams.

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What You Will Learn

• Grasp the fundamentals of Agile and Lean, and how you can practically use both approaches to produce value for your teams • Explore multiple agile and lean techniques from methods such as Scrum, Kanban, SAFe ® , and more • U nderstand how to put these techniques into practice and ensure successful agile implementation • A ppreciate the DA ® mindset and its underlying principles, such as pragmatism, the power of choice, and adapting to context • Learn how to apply the DA ® tool kit to discover the most effective way of working (WoW) for you, and your team in your unique situation

Requirements

None! This course is for people who are new to Agile. If you are completely unfamiliar with Agile then we suggest that you watch our free 45-minute video, Basics of Scrum .

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How it Works

There are two ways to prepare for the DASM™ certification exam:

Instructor-led training • Two-day training • Highly qualified instructors

• Suitable for teams who want to learn together • Access to DA ® tool kit and digital version of the Choose Your WoW book Self-paced online course • Self-paced online learning • 9 modules totalling up to 14 hours • Learn on any device • Access to DA ® tool kit and digital version of the Choose Your WoW book Complete the course to receive your DASM™ exam invitation. You will have 60 days to take the exam (fee is included in tuition). The (online) exam is 90 minutes long and consist of 50 multiple choice questions. After passing the exam, you will receive your badge and certification. The certification is valid for one year (you must earn seven PDUs in agile topics in a one year cycle to maintain certification) and can be renewed upon expiry.

Extend Agile beyond a single approach: Because true agility comes from freedom, not frameworks.

About the Author:

Gerhard is a PMP certified project manager with 15 years’ experience leading cross-functional business and technical teams, managing multi-year IT programs within the fin-tech industry across the UK, Europe, and US. He manages the EMEA ClearedDerivatives PMO for the ION Group, responsible for project delivery and governance and ensuring client satisfaction. LinkedIn

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Insight from our contributors The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on Project Management Digital transformation is gathering momentum across all industry sectors, driven by a new wave of disruptive technologies forcing businesses to adapt to new ways of working. As organizations strive to harness the business benefits of digital disruption, the value of robust and more strategic project management practices continues to rise. A global study (2018) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), Next Practices: Maximizing the Benefits of Disruptive Technologies on Projects , examined the impact of digital disruption on organizations and their project management practices. The study revealed two distinct performance levels from companies, categorised into the innovators and the laggards. Digital disruption brings huge challenges as well as major opportunities to drive business growth and competitive advantage. Sadly, not many organizations recognize the significance of this. Innovators made up the top 12% of the survey. They are organizations with a mature digital transformation strategy. They have adopted disruptive technologies as a priority, and, as a result, have met their business goals. By contrast, laggard organizations, comprising the bottom 14% of survey respondents, are defined by their immature, or in some cases non-existent, digital transformation strategy and their aversion to risk. They see digital adoption as a low business priority. The study found that innovators (75%) are using disruptive technologies (such as AI) to enhance the role of project management with their organizations by encouraging greater efficiency and automation (compared with 53% of laggards), automating routine tasks like budgeting and scheduling, to free up time for innovation, communication and management (59% vs. 47% of laggards), and developing more strategic roles and leadership skills (57% vs. 35% of laggards).

This is very significant, because leadership skills, alongside strategy and business management, represent a cornerstone of the PMI Talent Triangle of technical project management, developed in response to a growing demand for soft skills, including leadership, strategy and the creativity of human intellect, which disruptive technologies are unable to provide. These are the skillsets that will shape the future of project management.

Technical Project Management

Strategic and Business Management

Leadership

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Project managers are taking on new roles that include team leaders, Scrum Masters, product owners, delivery, implementation and change managers and transformation leaders, to name a few. The term “disruptive technology” encompasses a broad range of tools, systems, and even finished products that deliver value in terms of competitive advantage. The three most impactful of these technologies, as named by survey respondents, were cloud solutions, AI, and IoT. With cloud technology providing speed and flexibility, AI driving intelligence, and IoT connecting much more efficiently to data, the resulting “technological trinity” can radically transform the role of the project manager. PMI’s survey results back this up: • 84% of innovators, for example, believed that cloud technology gave their organization a competitive

As disruptive technology impacts the work we do, project managers become more valuable than ever as advocates and agents of change with the power to significantly impact the bottom line.

advantage, by facilitating better collaboration and communication and creating greater efficiencies in an increasingly remote, mobile, and field-based world of work. This compared with just 57% of laggards with this particular view. • IoT, which delivers powerful levels of connectivity and data exchange, was seen by 62% of innovators as a route to a competitive advantage thanks to increased data efficiency enabling more accurate data-driven decision-making. Just a quarter (26%) of laggards made this observation. • 60% of innovators stated that AI, which enables faster and more reliable decision-making and helps to minimize human error, was giving their organization a competitive advantage, compared to 22% of laggards.

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To go a step even further, PMI recently sought to understand how forward-thinking organisations successfully leverage disruptive technologies and manage their impact. In their most recent report, The Project Manager of the Future: Developing Digital-Age Project Management Skills to Thrive in Disruptive Times ,

Technology is changing the

way companies operate. In the modern business environment, the development of digital-age skills is important to project success

PMI discovered that the successful management of disruptive technologies requires a ‘digital skill set’. The report defines these top six digital-age skills as:

Data Science Skills Data Management, Analytics and Big Data

Collaborative Leadership Skills

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5

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Innovative Mindset

Ability to Make Data-Driven Decisions

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3

Legal and Regulatory Compliance Knowledge

Security and Privacy Knowledge

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Insight from our contributors Innovators already know this and are modifying the project manager’s core skill sets accordingly, recognizing the need for them to have more subject matter expertise and to acquire knowledge and delivery standards that go beyond major certifications. More importantly, innovators are involving their project managers more in the value delivery process as managers of change, according to three quarters (76%) of survey respondents. The vast majority (83%) of innovators are already seeing the benefits of adopting disruptive technologies in terms of meeting or exceeding their business objectives. Many of these have also prioritized critical roles for the project manager working with disruptive technologies, both as an advocate for the technology and as an authority on disruptive technology. Within innovator organizations, project managers are more likely to be seen as leaders who are driving the change and innovation that disruptive technology adoption demands. They also place a greater focus on project management performance improvement and regard proven project management practices as essential for bringing discipline and standardized methodologies to complex change initiatives. Investing in project management experience leads to better project outcomes. Of the innovators that were embracing project excellence, 71%were meeting the original goals or business intent of their projects, compared to only 60% of laggards. Other disruptive technologies considered impactful by the organizations surveyed by the PMI included blockchain, 5G mobile Internet, advanced robotics, 3D printing, and autonomous, or self-driving vehicles.

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Innovator organizations that view these and other emerging disruptive technologies as an opportunity to advance, focus on the value delivery landscape, and enable project managers to play a more strategic role in managing disruption, stand to gain more as a result of it. The past and current usage of the word “disruption” illustrates the impact the digital revolution has on language. Having one’s business disrupted in the twentieth century wouldn’t have been cause for optimism or enthusiasm. But in the digital age, the word brings to mind new opportunities and the potential for new and greater successes. Innovative organizations advertise their openness to disruptive technologies in the way some used to boast of their stability.

Organisations with cultures that embrace change are better positioned to succeed in a fast-paced and disruptive business environment

In the digital age, it’s vital that the organizational culture views disruption in a positive light. Understanding that disruptive technology is evolving the field of project management, project managers should be proactive in developing and honing disruptive technology skill sets to meet the need for future demand.

About the Author:

Gerhard is a PMP certified project manager with 15 years’ experience leading cross-functional business and technical teams, managing multi-year IT programs within the fin-tech industry across the UK, Europe, and US. He manages the EMEA ClearedDerivatives PMO for the ION Group, responsible for project delivery and governance and ensuring client satisfaction. LinkedIn

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We are planning the following events

Our Future City 9 May 2022 | 5pm - 7pm

PMI, in collaboration with BJSS, presents an interactive presentation on Our Future City with Dr Penny Pullan for the Sheffield Digital Festival. This fascinating interactive presentation will focus on the Our Future City and our approach to working in a virtual/hybrid way.

9th May

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PMI UK Webinar: How wisdom can make you be a better project leader 24th May 2022 | 12pm - 1pm We recognise wisdom when we see the attitude and behaviours of wise people. Not only old people are wise; Alexander the Great was under 30 when he wisely solved the Gordic knot. King Salomon is famous for his wise and fair judgements, after 1,000s of years. Wisdom is regarded as an inherently positive characteristic of humans. It can be defined as the capability to tackle any problem that life presents to us, and this includes business and project problems. Some say wisdom is exactly the goal we all strive for in life. Psychologists at the renowned Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, research wisdom as a relief for mentally challenged like suicide candidates and depressed people. They found ten features of wisdom we all can build on to become wiser (and more resilient) and suggested therapies to build these features.

24th May

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Project Management Virtual Conference 26th - 27th May 2022 | 7.15am - 5pm

The annual meeting of the Greek Project Managers will take place on 26 and 27 May 2022, live on your screen, aiming to highlight the means and skills that Project Management professionals need in order to thrive and succeed in the new hybrid world. Technical and leadership training should now be combined with principles, skills, and technology that enable cooperation and success in the new, virtual-oriented era Register here (use discount code pmi_uk_sp)

26th - 27th May

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Webinars and Podcasts Swipe Right: Finding the Right PM Tool for Your Project by Crystal Richards Selecting a project management (PM) software tool can be a complex process if you don’t have clearly defined objectives in mind. You don’t want to implement snazzy new software that you end up ghosting because it was too complex or the “wrong fit.” This webinar explores what to consider when picking a technology that’s right for your project needs. Participants will:

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• Gain an overview of the popular PM tools that are on the market

• Review key considerations to evaluate the perfect tool that will meet your needs

• Identify everyday PM tools you can use right now

Business Resilience Framework: A new approach for better projects and sustainable value delivery by Dr Serhiy Kovela and David Roberts In this session we look at business resilience as a strategic capability, enabling organisations to navigate the increasingly complex and unpredictable market environment. We introduce Business Resilience Framework, a new comprehensive guidance for conducting business transformations triggered by external market conditions or internal organisational needs. The presentation is based on the material from a forthcoming book “Business Resilience: A Practical Guide to Sustained Progress Delivered at Pace” due to be published by Kogan Page in April this year. The authors took advantage of 150 years of collective experience working with the UK government, professional and accreditation bodies, consulting and training organisations, and clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, telecommunications, automotive, software, and higher education to create a robust guidance for sustained organisational progress. The hybrid future of project management – Cesar Abeid PMP More companies are adopting a “hybrid” situation in which some employees work from home some or all of the time, while others work from the office. How do we ensure success in this new reality?

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Webinars and Podcasts The Indispensable Project Manager by Frank Saladis Managing projects effectively has become essential in every organisation large or small. The uncertainties of the world business economy, rapidly changing technology, and the intensifying focus on sustainability has driven many organisations to develop specific methods for managing projects and to seek highly qualified and competent people to manage those projects. These driving factors require today’s project managers to accept and adapt to change, lead diverse teams, act as ambassadors for their organisations and deal with a multitude of challenging project stakeholders. This presentation addresses the importance of the professional project manager in today’s business environment and the need for the project manager to continually enhance existing skills, adapt to a changing environment, and become a “go to” person in the organisation. How to successfully lead hybrid and remove projects: Dave Garrett and Cornelius Fichtner Projects are done by people, and we project managers are responsible to ensure that everyone on the team stays motivated. How do you do that when half of your team works from home (with a barking dog in the background), some sit next to you at their desks, and the rest are in various branch offices around the world? Welcome to the world of managing hybrid and remote projects. Let’s acknowledge, that good project management has always been about building relationships, which can be difficult in these type of remote work situations. However, being a proactive project manager and opening up communication with the team can be the basis to establishing relationships remotely.

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Webinars and Podcasts Effective hybrid team management: Hassan Osman Hassan examines the new reality and popularity of the hybrid workforce. Many leaders are now managing teams that are both co- located and remote, with individual team members regularly migrating between the two. The podcast explores useful practices that will help you support effective teamwork and progress, regardless of physical location. Key points • Recent statistics from many sources are indicating that a majority of employees desire (and are beginning to expect) some kind of hybrid work arrangement • Lead with a remote first culture so that there isn’t a two-tier class of employees in your organisation • Conduct all meetings online, regardless of the location of attendees. Use technology to provide a seamless experience whether somebody is co-located or remote

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