Many recent surveys agree that there's a link between higher project management maturity levels and high project performance. Research also points out that senior management that supports project-management-driven initiatives achieves stronger business results. However, many projects continue to fail.

The latest Pulse of the Profession report from the Project Management Institute, entitled "The High Cost of Low Performance", suggests that £11 out of £100 spent on projects is lost due to poor performance.

Despite the recent rise in employment of project managers and the high correlation between talent management and project success, there's a gap between the theory and practice of project management, which seems to contribute to the number of projects that fail to deliver any significant tangible benefits.

The second project management student conference at Westminster Business School will continue to focus on building the bridge between theory and practice, which is seen as key to improving project management outcomes. Leading academics and business practitioners will gather to share ideas, anecdotes, techniques and standards, creating a dialogue between the worlds of theory and practice.

Hosted by students from the Project Management MSc and supported by the Association for Project Management, the event will feature guest speakers such as Amy Hatton, Kubair Shirazee and Edward Ochieng.

During this event, you'll exchange opinions and experiences, enriching your personal views on project management. If you're a student, this is also an opportunity for you to further your knowledge and have your questions answered by project management experts, and understand the reality of practice better.

Speakers' bios

  • Amy Hatton is the Editor of Project Manager Today, the UK’s only independent project management magazine. Her enthusiasm for project management permeates her magazine’s editorial and infuses all her writings. As an advocate of responsible project management, Amy has used her journalistic skills to remind project managers of their unique position in influencing a sustainable future. According to Amy "preserving local resources, protecting human rights and reinvesting into local communities are embedded in project planning."
  • Kubair Shirazee is a rising star of the Agile project management community. His charity work Boundary-less Agile: Peacekeeping in Pakistan, which featured on the cover of the September issue of Project Manager Today, is a demonstration of how to use an Agile project management approach to help the effectiveness of street-based entrepreneurs who operate in the urban slums of Karachi. Kubair is a specialist in planning and executing digital transformation programmes, with experience spanning the NHS, multinationals, leading agencies and start-ups.
  • Dr Edward G Ochieng is a Senior Lecturer in project management at Liverpool James Moores University and the co-author of Management of Global Construction Projects. He's the author of over 50 journal articles and book chapters. His current interests lie in team integration, value creation, project complexity, and performance and capital effectiveness. He is also interested in multicultural project teams, sustainability in projects, project governance, stakeholder management, project ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Martins Toluhi is an APMG PRINCE2 and Agile PM certified project practitioner with a first degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in project management from the University of Westminster. His experience cuts across manufacturing, financial services and the rail sector. His project report on the effectiveness of virtual project teams was the best of a great crop of student projects because of its insights on how such virtual teams compare with collocated teams. Martins is the author of several books including Venture: Go Make It Happen.
  • Donnie MacNicol is Director of Team Animation and leads consultancy, training, facilitation and mentoring assignments. Donnie specialises in developing an organisation's project leadership capability. Widely recognised as contributing to the 'people and organisational side' of project management thinking, he is in much demand as a speaker and writer. He is passionate about delivering value by incorporating the latest behavioural, organisational, cultural and human resources thinking. Donnie chaired APM’s People SIG for 10 years to 2011 and now contributes actively to a number of strategic initiatives focused on the way the profession engages with business leaders.

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