Managing knowledge in projects takes people and process

The forthcoming Major Projects Association event on Knowledge Management in Major Projects (10th July, 2018 at HS2 Snowhill, Birmingham) reflects both the explicit aspects of the process (most closely associated with lessons learned) and the tacit (essentially the social, human aspects of knowledge sharing). The event is a great opportunity for exploring project knowledge management…

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Preparing Brexit: How ready is Whitehall?

Political divisions over Brexit are creating a culture of secrecy in Whitehall. This June 2018 report from the Institute for Government argues that the greatest challenge in delivering Brexit now stems from the inability of a split Cabinet to make critical decisions. Political tensions are encouraging secrecy, where access to key documents is highly restricted. Important information…

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Lords select committee talks to construction industry groups about off-site manufacture

Tuesday 15th May: The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee continues to take evidence for its inquiry investigating off-site manufacture for construction. The Committee hears from Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and former CEO of Crossrail as well as representatives from construction industry bodies. Purpose of session The witnesses give…

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Plans for ‘Knowledge Hub Live’ events

We’ve come to recognise events and activities as an important part of the mix of knowledge sharing and learning resources supported by the Major Projects Knowledge Hub. Working with Major Projects Association member, Bentley Systems, we are planning a series of innovative events – think theatre meets Question Time meets webinar. We’d very much like…

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February 2018: Observations on my first 12 months

At the end of the week of 5th February 2018, I will have been working for the Major Projects Association for exactly a year and what a year! We successfully launched the Major Projects Knowledge Hub (at the end of May) and now have over 600 registered users, and 850 shareable resources. We have built…

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Major Projects Knowledge Hub Data Working Group

The MPKH Data Working Group (DWG) has been set up to develop the requirement for datasets from major projects as part of their learning legacy.  What data should be collated from major projects, what format should the data be shared in, are there any information security issues with collation of this data? Attendees cover a…

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What works (and doesn’t work) with gender balance initiatives?

The latest Major Projects Association study: “Gender Balance Interventions“, highlights the importance for organizations to understand the value of their gender balance interventions. The research suggests that women have an understanding of the initiatives that deliver the most impact and value, whilst men may struggle to do so. This understanding is important because missplaced or…

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APM Research Summary Series

The Association for Project Management (APM) Research Summary Series provides practitioner-friendly summaries drawn from published articles from the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM). Why was the APM Research Summary Series created? In 2014-15 APM conducted a research consultation to establish the main challenges and opportunities faced by key stakeholder groups. One of the three main priority…

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Project Initiation – 90 seconds of Insight

John Oliver from Sellafield, Alison Atkinson from AWE and Justin Kingsford from the British Army have shared their 90 second insights on the one thing that organizations can do to improve project initiation. These videos, available in the Major Projects Knowledge Hub YouTube Channel are part of our January campaign that anticipates the evening discussion…

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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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