Major Projects Knowledge Hub Monthly Interview Masterclasses

The Monthly Masterclass Interviews are now an established feature of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub YouTube Channel. The first three interviews involving Ed Hoffmann, Elizabeth Harrin and Chris Collison have already provided a rich set of techniques and insight on different aspects of knowledge sharing and organizational learning. These extended recordings of 15-20 minutes complement…

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Major Projects Knowledge Hub, Virtual Leadership Webinar

How to get the best out of virtual teams Virtual working may already be a reality for most major projects but let’s not assume that because you have experience leading project teams, you have what it takes to lead them virtually. Whether you are working across an organization on multiple sites, working with mobile contractors…

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October 2017 Major Projects Community Blogger Explores Research on Legacy

The Major Projects Community invites regular Guest Bloggers to share their insight for a month. Our October 2017 Guest Blogger, Marisa Silva, is using the opportunity to share the results of the research she has recently completed for her MSc in the Strategic Management of Projects. Marisa’s focus is the role the institutional context (within…

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Designing Buildings Wiki maps construction industry knowledge.

Designing Buildings Wiki, the construction industry knowledge base, has undertaken the first ever comprehensive mapping of construction industry knowledge. The results have been published in a major new report. The key findings: The industry is lacking the strategic leadership needed to coordinate the creation and dissemination of knowledge; The emergence of the internet has fundamentally…

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Crossrail Releases New Learning Legacy Content

New insight from the Crossrail project has been released today through its Learning Legacy online portal. Key focus areas in this latest release include consultation and stakeholder engagement as well as Crossrail’s experience of the parliamentary process and developing the funding and financing for the scheme. 

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Ramboll: New Approaches to Policy Implementation

The 2017 Ramboll white paper, based on interviews with 30 public sector executives confirms the need for a ‘Making it Happen Strategy’ and outlines an ecosystem of implementation for doing just that. The focus is very much on the human side of implementation, the value of a situational leadership approach and the strategies for overcoming…

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Strategic foresight workshop: Navigating major projects in an uncertain world

The Major Projects Association annual conference on 20th and 21st September, 2017 includes a workshop on foresighting facilitated by Cat Tully of the School of International Futures. The following thought piece provides the context for workshop. Thought Piece “Foresight [is] the capacity to think systematically about the future to inform decision making today” – Maree Conway…

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AXELOS’ 2017 Benchmark Survey: The Value of Project Management Excellence

The Axelos’ paper “The Value of Project Management Excellence The search for competitive advantage” could be subtitled “Project Management is Free (and a survival must have!)”. The cost of project management is less than the size of the benefit returned because projects are always investments and better investment decision making and conduct reduces costs and…

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UK Government Project Delivery Standard Launched

The purpose of the 2017 government project delivery standard is to set expectations for the direction and management of portfolios, programmes and projects ensuring value for money and the successful, timely and cost effective delivery of government policy and business objectives. The nine principles behind the standard are: delivery objectives are aligned to government policy…

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UK Government Strategy for the Future of Aviation

Shaping aviation to help boost economic growth, connectivity and skills will be at the centre of a new strategy to prepare the industry for the next 3 decades and beyond, the government announced today (21 July 2017). The public are being asked to have their say on how this vital sector should respond to a…

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A T Kearney 2017 Views from the C-Suite

The 2017 annual survey of global business executives reveals that technology and political risk are the top concerns of executives as they shift their business strategies. The findings underline the complex and ambiguous environment in which business now operates. Thus successful innovation is a business opportunity for 33% of respondents but an equal number (34%)…

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How much understanding and appetite does the UK public have for infrastructure projects?

    Copper has begun research for its second major deep-dive report into the British public’s attitudes to infrastructure. It is the much-awaited follow-up to the ground-breaking Independent survey of attitudes to infrastructure in Britain, published in 2015, which was endorsed by Lord Adonis, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. The 2015 research showed that…

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PA Innovation Matters Report Offers Critical Questions for Leaders

The 2017 PA Innovation Matters Report offers some great data, a framework for innovation, insight on innovation design, culture and networks and the key beliefs of successful innovation leaders. The critical questions leaders should be asking themselves and their organization, according to the report, are: Have we identified and evaluated the best sources of innovation…

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MACE report makes real sense of social value

The 2017 MACE report: Social Value – Underpinning our Future Legacy offers a concise, excellent and well-illustrated picture of the what social value means in major projects and offers a series of five recommendations for action: Defining specifically what social value means for the construction sector; Developing social value measures that are relevant; Social value…

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Contracting for Success in Complex Projects

The 2017 ICCPM/IACCM report Contracting for Success in Complex Projects points to the fundamental changes that are required in the culture of contracting organizations and in the language of contracts to enable the kind of multi-level cooperation needed to navigate complexity.

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Size does matter for infrastructure projects

According to the Guardian newspaper (19th May 2017), the concensus at the evening conference by the Institute for Government suggests that there are definite benefits to size for infrastructure projects, even if smaller, more incremental infrastructure and transport projects are easier to track in terms of impact and benefits.

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Worldwide hack in May 2017 underlines the cyber-threat to major projects

Many major projects enjoy significant national or social status, which makes them potential targets for cyber-attack by hostile governments or organized criminal gangs. The worldwide hack that surfaced on 12th May 2017 is an alarming reminder or, in some cases, a wake up call to the vulnerability of systems. Major projects are part of the…

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