We are almost at the end of the first half of 2019 and soon it will be the vacation time. We, the board members and other volunteers, had been busy trying to give you the best value for your membership and we hope that you have had a good experience of being the member of our professional community.
The main objective of this year is to develop further the concept of community with our guiding principle: Our chapter is an organization “For the Members and by the Members”. Whatever we do as members and as volunteers is for our members. Our goal is to be the best project management community in Belgium. This is a community that is open, diverse, dynamic, interactive and inclusive.
We launched this year new study groups for our members who need support to prepare for their certification. The Professional Development team organized a study group for PMP certification in February-March and currently a study group for PgPM is running. We keep helping the Belgian community by giving free trainings in Project Management to the unemployed (in collaboration with VDAB) and “Learn Thru Practice workshops for startups and university students. We are working on relaunching our GROW program where we match the mentors and the mentees to develop the concept of learning from each other
We have also had four Chapter events, five Satellite events an two Volunteering day events in the past five and half months. All in all, it had been a very busy and constructive period. All of this has been possible because of the selfless efforts of our dedicated volunteers. We heartily thank every volunteer who has contributed in any way to the chapter activities.
We have the pleasure to offer you an exclusive event hosted at Brussels Airport by Brussels Airport Company (BAC). We’ll have look at the organizational transformation of BAC and we’ll have the chance to go backstage in the operations of the airport.
The operating context for airports is changing rapidly. The old model of just assuring the flight movements and the safety of the passengers is no longer enough to compete in today’s aviation world. New business lines must be developed and scaled and run efficiently. The concept of “customer of the airport” is evolving and the expectations of the customer are best described as liquid. BAC has chosen for a transformation to gear up for the decades to come.
To support such a transformation, the concept of the PMO has evolve too. The evolution of the BAC PMO is this evening’s topic. BAC will be sharing the problems faced by the transformation and their evolving answer from a PMO standpoint. This presentation will not be a presentation about templates and workflows, it shall address fundamental strategic issues and the corresponding strategic answer by PMO eg. How to design your PMO and Portfolios to tailor to a flexible organization, where departments are reorganized on a regular basis.
Next to the presentation, BAC is offering an exclusive tour behind the scenes of Brussels Airport. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the complex infrastructure to handle 41.917 luggage pieces per day OR the fire and emergency service, who can reach every point in the airport within 2 min time and more.
Since the tours behind the scenes require a security check, you will be requested to add a copy of your identification during the registration process. For Belgian nationals, a copy of the ID card front and back will suffice, for non-Belgian nationals a copy of the passport will be required.
The evening will end with a networking drink and some food to engage with each other.
Our most popular event of the year, the PM Fair, will take place on Friday, the 4th October 2019 at Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels Center.
Each year, we try to select a topic which is current, trendy and is also relevant to Project Management. Last year, we highlighted the importance of facilitation skills for the project manager. This year, our focus will be Digital Disruption - a topic which is seen everywhere and is greatly impacting the way of working in every field. We as Project Managers need to adapt our techniques and styles to the digital world. Therefore, we have aptly chosen our theme as
Project Management and Digital Disruption.
Are you ready?
The event preparation is progressing well. I would like to share with you our recent accomplishments and next steps. The speakers have sent their proposals for their speeches and presentations. We have now started the process of selection of the speakers and we are working on the planning of the day.
The selection criteria are based on different elements. The talk itself and how it matches the theme. We also take into consideration all the feedback that we have received from the participants for the previous years' PM Fair.
Accordingly, I would like to announce 2 speakers that we have already confirmed.
Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the creator of concepts such as the Hierarchy of Purpose, or the Project Manifesto which argues that projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your career or relationships. Antonio has been recently awarded the title of “Thinker of the Month” by the prestigious Thinkers50, who identifies the most influential management thinkers in the world, including Michael Porter, Clayton Christensen, Rita McGrath.
Antonio will be our keynote speaker and will be opening the PM Fair 2019, our annual Belgian congress on Project Management.
Our second speaker is Harley Lovegrove who participates regularly to the PM Fair.
Harley Lovegrove is the author of four books (Making a Difference, Inspirational Leadership, Transition and The Change Manager’s Handbook). He is also a blogger and a professional speaker who speaks regularly as a guest lecturer at many of Europe’s top universities and Management schools. Harley’s career has led him to work in a wide variety of businesses from recruitment to the building industry and transport, from high technology and software development to manufacturing in a wide variety of sectors including; clothing, petro-chemical and medical.
Following the success of Harley’s Master class of last year, Harley has proposed to repeat it this year. There will be two sessions of his Master class - one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a limited number of participants in each session to make it more beneficial for everyone. It is therefore, very important for those who want to attend his Master class to book their place in advance. We will let you know how to book it in the next update.
Finally, I would like to welcome our PM Fair Sponsors.
Promote the Event in your company
We have prepared a poster that you can print and place on any wall in your company to promote our congress. Download the poster.
We also invite you to group your registrations with your colleagues using this corporate registration form and benefit from a group discount.Download the form to fill in.
At the end I would like to close the communication by telling our story. The PM Fair is a project from volunteers to professionals. We work as volunteers to organize this event with the limited resources we have. All the team members are volunteers giving to the community of project management their time and effort. Their goal is to give you the best Project Management Congress of the year.
If you would like to meet the organizing team, please reserve your place and don’t miss the Congress.
Small reminder: Early bird registration fee ends on 8th July.
Katherina's mission is to create a sustainable world by connecting people to discover each other’s strengths. This is a short interview where I presented some questions about project managers and teams.
What are some of the common team issues that appear in teams? ...
What advice would you give to a PM who has just started a project with a new team? ...
How should a PM monitor the team during the project ? ...
Can a PM influence the success of the project by selecting his or her team members wisely? ...
What advise do you have for team members ?...
check the full article on our website to read the anwsers of Katherina...
Satisfied members and a high value delivery are important for us as a chapter. Therefore, we would like to gauge your sentiments on different topics so we can adjust our program, events, content, etc. to your wishes captured through our annual survey.
Please keep an eye on your mailbox as you will receive an invitation from us in the next two weeks to participate in our annual survey. We kindly request you to take the time to respond to the questions in the survey. This will greatly help us to better understand your expectations and to make further improvements.
The Chapter event at Galapagos last week was again a big success with housefull. Els Heykants presented their project management methodology (Enterprise PPM) and how it is implemented in a project-focused biopharmaceutical company to develop innovative medicines where the project life cycle can be very long. The presentation was followed by a very interactive Q&A session between our host and the audience. Our big thanks to Imme Van der Taelen, Vice President, Head of Operations and Project Management at Galapagos for having proposed to host this chapter Event.