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8th November 2018 at 9:30 am

Managing urgent and emergency response projects

Full Day Seminar

No. 4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ

Over the last decade Project Management methodology has focussed on creating a controlled environment (the UK Government’s best practice methodology PRINCE2 is named with that singular focus) and, although it is generally accepted that programmes are ambiguous by nature, practitioners seek to create order and certainty through structure and process.

Crisis planning is a well-established discipline, but this expertise is scarce and responses to most crisis are immediate, reactive rather than planned, so experienced practitioners cannot always be mobilised. Existing contingency plans and knowledge may not translate easily to the pace of a situation. Established processes for successful delivery can be neglected by even the most experienced P3 delivery organisation when faced with an urgent situation.

These emergency and disaster response situations are categorised by the very nature of the instability the create, the problem itself is not defined and the solutions required range from the immediate tactical requirements (such as Life Safety and Asset Protection) to the later stage solutions for Recovery and Re-build. Best practice communication and stakeholder protocols usually deployed may not be effective, scheduling, cost and control processes and operations will develop in an unstable environment, where Risk is difficult to demonstrate and margin for error and iteration is restricted by unfolding events.

So, what happens when an organisation which may well be steeped in PM practices finds they have to respond in an emergency situation? Where all sides of the PM triangle (Time, Cost, Quality) are at large and changing, where best practice structure seems impossible to implement given the speed at which the environment is evolving.
This seminar uses case studies of a variety of different organisations Local Authority, Transportation and Humanitarian facing emergency and urgent situations and how they successfully employed P3 management strategies; the challenges they faced; and the things that happened that nobody could have expected or planned for and why being able react is more effective than trying to predict.

This seminar is directed at practitioners and owners looking to learn from previous experiences from both client and project management organisation describing what happens during an emergency response projects, what processes and behaviours are necessary in order to triage the urgent situation, stabilise the environment and begin recovery, adding value at a time of crisis.

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