Newsletter – September 2019

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The latest news and articles for September 2019.
Project Data Analytics Community Newsletter
September 2019

One of the key aims of our community is to help to keep people plugged into the very latest developments across the industry. Through a combination of this newsletter, the vlog and community events we want to create a forum to inspire, upskill and encourage interaction amongst our members. The newsletter is developed using webscraping, so if you think there is anything we have missed then please let us know and we will refine our algorithms.

Project Delivery
The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Data, Automation and Artificial Intelligence
08/2019 – By Association for Project Management
APM published a challenge paper on ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Robotics, Data and Artificial Intelligence’. It frames the challenge well, but would benefit from separating out AI projects (i.e. delivering AI solutions) from AI enabled project delivery. I’d recommend that you engage with it. Read more …
Artificial Intelligence Ethics in the Project Management and Civil Engineering Domains
08/2019 – By Bob Prieto
Bob Prieto has written a great paper on ‘Artificial Intelligence Ethics in the Project Management and Civil Engineering Domains’. It’s a well written paper that grapples with some of the challenges that are coming our way. Read more …
How to Improve the Accuracy of Project Schedules? The Effect of Project Specification and Historical Information on Duration Estimates
19/08/2019 – By Matej Lorko, Maros Servatka and Le Zhang
There is an interesting quote in this paper: “In an environment where subjects estimate how long it will take them to complete a simple real-effort task, the authors show that over two thirds of subjects would be better off in terms of estimation accuracy if the historical average was used for estimation purposes instead of their own estimate”. Worth a speed read. Read more …
Challenges of Sharing and Pooling Data
The Major Projects Association is running a free event on 26th Sept on the challenges of sharing and pooling data. It provides a useful insight into the emerging world of data trusts.
Read more …
Data Science & Analytics
Data and Public Services Toolkit
The Open Data institute has developed an interesting set of open source tools (frameworks) including a business case canvas, data ethics canvas and data ecosystem mapping. Useful for organisations beginning their journey. Read more …
Jupyter is the new Excel: Why traders and finance professionals need to learn Python
07/06/2019 – By Semi Koen
An interesting blog on ‘Why traders and finance professionals need to learn Python’, arguing why organisations need to wean themselves off Excel and begin scripting in Python for repeatable and less error prone data analysis (thanks to Nic Ryan for the link). Read more …
AI & Machine Learning
Why you should be curious about AI
22/07/2019 – By Emma De Vita
An interesting blog from the editor of Project magazine on why you should be curious about AI. She provides a useful summary of provides a summary of Tom Ollerton’s presentation at the APM London conference. However, I would argue, it’s not all about AI, it’s a spectrum from simple data wrangling through to AI. Read more …
How we can learn to work with AI
25/06/2019 – By Emile Fakhoury
An interesting take from a Project Manager working in oil and gas, a typically “old school” sector, on what the future looks like with regards to project delivery. A nice summary of what’s to come and how AI might be adopted. Read more …
Upcoming Community Events
Project:Hack4 is taking place on the weekend of 12th-13th October. Subscribers to the community newsletter can take advantage of a discounted rate if they purchase their ticket here by 30th September. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis, so book now to avoid disappointment!
We have some great Project:Meetups scheduled the coming months in London, Bristol and the North-West, plus new locations on the horizon! Join your nearest community or check out details of upcoming meetups now!
Community Vlog
Check out our latest vlog where James (CTO of Project Success) provides an overview of the latest developments in relevant tech. 
In 2017 Projecting Success founded the Project Data Analytics CommunityIt is now the UK’s largest community of project delivery and data science professionals. Existing purely for the benefit of its members, it seeks to push the boundaries of project delivery into a whole new realm. We host monthly meetups across the UK and hackathons 3 times a year. For more infromation visit our website. To receive this newsletter directly to your inbox every month click on the button below.
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