We launched our innovative Conference Fringe last week, immediately following Part 1 of our two part 2020 Annual Conference.

The Fringe is an opportunity for us to expand and extend the theme of this years Conference, Harnessing Emotional Intelligence in the Successful Delivery of Major Projects to a far wider audience of members than those who would have traditionally been able to attend the face-to-face conference; using a rich variety of media and activities to bring the theme to life.

What have you got to look forward to over the next two weeks of the Fringe?

22nd September: Meet the Author

NLP for Project ManagersAs an ex-publisher, I am particularly pleased to see us including books and authors as part of the programme. The first of these is Peter Parkes, who describes himself as a ‘project manager who also happens to be an NLP practitioner’ and whose book ‘NLP for Project Managers‘ is the subject of our first ‘meet the author’ breakfast session


28th September: What Makes Your Tick?

markus-spiske-w99fOHFYTjc-unsplash_editedIf you have ever found yourself suffering from imposter syndrome; overwhelmed by the idea of presenting to a senior project board; falling foul of optimism or confirmation bias; simply unable to work with someone from the extended project team, then this highly interactive evening workshop that I am co-facilitating with Dr. Mike Clayton will help you understand why and what to do about it.

29th September: Engaging at an Emotional Level

OpaqueReplacing live theatre with interactive video, the workshop, will use a metaphoric project story to provoke and carry the learning.  Around the story episodes, there will be audience interaction; in breakouts, quizzes, polls and even experimentation, where the audience can choose how they want the behaviour of the characters, and so the story, to change.  No one will be bored, we promise. Andy Taylor and the People Deliver Projects who will facilitate the workshop have worked with over 100 organisations who they help to deliver projects and change.


1st October: Enabling Collaboration: Major Project at Heathrow

Constructive CollaborationConstructive Collaboration’s Andrew Wright, will present this case study with Heathrow Infrastructure (Pete Waddingham, Delivery Director and Craig Williamson, Senior Project Manager). They will describe the collaborative journey of a Major Project at Heathrow (circa £250m) – the Kilo Apron Development. The team will then respond to questions that will be fielded by the Major Projects Association.

“People opened up about what was in their minds, and others listened. Emotionally, we got to understand what drives people personally, as well as professionally. We were coaching ourselves to be a better team.”  Ferrovial Lead Project Manager

1st October: PMO Flashmob Meets Emotional Intelligence

PMOFlashmobPMO Flashmob is the learning and networking group for people interested in PMOs which meets throughout the year with regional ‘mobs’ to research, inform and network around all things PMO.

In a special event on Thursday 1st October to mark the Major Projects Association conference fringe, PMO Flashmob gets emotional. We’re delighted to have Geoff Crane join us to lead the session as we go beyond emotional intelligence to personal intelligence. We’ll be taking a look at personal intelligence – learning about the components of emotional, social and motivational competencies.

Look forward to seeing you in the Fringe!