Our first NW meetup

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On 30 April we held our very first meetup in the NorthWest. Saurabh Bhandari and Martin Paver shared the stage to provide an introduction into the challenges associated with advanced project data analytics and its implications for how we deliver projects in the future.

Martin provided an introduction to the meetup, highlighting recent news, including the article from Gartner summarising that by 2030 80% of today’s project management tasks will be eliminated by AI. He felt that although a number of tasks will disappear, new opportunities will emerge. Opportunities which derive insights from data and help to improve delivery confidence.

Saurabh highlighted his personal experience of delivering a project in Cumbria, where data was rapidly becoming an ever increasingly important part of the project and help to unlock rapid improvements in mobilisation and delivery.

Martin provided a compelling example of how, as a community, we are struggling to leverage the data from the £15bn+ Crossrail project. This data provides insights into 26,000 change requests and over £3bn in risk drawdown, insights that can help in the delivery of future projects. He provided examples from the US, Australia and New Zealand where he believes that the practice of ‘lessons learned’ is flawed and is largely ineffective. He suggested that instead of summarising experience into a paragraph or 2 of text, which in itself is tainted with bias, we should be using the data to help us to understand when we may be approaching a similar situation in the future.

He then provided a series of compelling examples where the role of project professionals will change in the future. Where data science and analytics can improve efficiency and drive a level of automation that will transform how projects are delivered.

The meetup discussed the implications for the profession and how it can relieve people of the burden of repetitive tasks and enable a new profession to be created. A profession founded on leveraging insights from project delivery data to drive up productivity whilst improving certainty.

Both talks provided compelling insights into how we can begin to change an entire profession and laid the foundation for what the North West meetup is seeking to achieve.

A link to the slides can be found here:

190428 NW Data Analytics

We look forward to more events in the coming months. Please spread the word, get involved and help to create something really special. We are always interested to hear your comments and feedback. Many thanks

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