Measuring the sustainability of project outcomes

acumen7 member Warren Beardall shared the background to the PhD he is about to start at Leeds University during which he will explore whether sustainability can sit as a central project objective and benefit from united influence of project actors through the appropriate choices of project control. Approaching a PhD mid-way through his career, Warren is well placed to undertake this research, as he has 25 years of industry experience within the PFI sample space, a career focused on project risk and control, a recent MSc distinction in Project Management and is currently embarking on a second MSc in Psychology.

To see more from Warren, visit: Warren Beardall – projects | within projects (projectswithinprojects.blog)

 

An update on Opiner

acumen7 were delighted to welcome back Steve Molesworth of Opiner, who gave an update on developments over the last two years. Opiner is a novel video insight platform, that puts people front and centre in creative endeavours. It challenges the status quo and inspires others to think big by seeing things through other’s eyes. Opiner offers engagement with bespoke communities for every project and can evidence a strategy for continuous learning.

For more information on Opiner, visit: https://opiner.app/

 

Member feedback

April’s second presentation was from acumen7 member Andrew Cobden, who was seeking feedback from the network on some potential next steps in his career. Andrew has worked in the property industry for over 25 years and is currently MD of Vastint UK. Andrew’s experience has afforded him exposure to a broad range of property sectors and for the past 10+ years he has overseen three large-scale mixed-use city centre projects. He is as comfortable in setting the vision for a place as he is with defining the needs of the buildings and spaces that populate it. Andrew leaves Vastint in June and is exploring a number of options. He shared a few ideas, with the members then offering feedback and alternative views.

Moving from the Productivity Puzzle to the Productivity Conversation

Long-standing acumen7 member Peter Dixon was February’s second presenter. Peter explained that a ‘productivity puzzle’ has arisen from the way issues have been formulated for decades. The economists say productivity drives growth, whereas the strategists say growth drives productivity. Reformulating the issue opens up opportunities for valuable discussions and enables a productivity conversation to replace the productivity puzzle. Peter also illustrated why manufacturing really matters and how manufacturing sectors form the physical linkages between economies. The informative session included an overview of experience curves and how long term competitor performance is driven by comparative performance relative to economy averages. 

 

Disruptive Technology Update

At acumen7’s February meeting, Darya Bahram shared a fascinating insight from a PwC survey revealing 69% of CEOs agree that emerging technologies will disrupt their business over the next few years. Darya, Secretary General of the Association of Consultant Architects, then gave the assembled members an enlightening overview of just what that will entail, covering Building Information Modelling (BIM), Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Blockchain, Smart Contracts, FinTech, RegTech and InsurTech. The advantages of this automation include higher accuracy, uniform quality, increased productivity, reduced costs and the ability to avoid potential risks.

For more information on the Association of Consultant Architects, visit: https://acarchitects.co.uk/

 

 

 

Building Pakistan’s capabilities and capacity in healthcare management

acumen7 kicked off 2022 with a fascinating insight into an initiative to build Pakistan’s capabilities and capacity in healthcare management. Member Robert Williams introduced Kashif Khan, the Executive in Residence for Healthcare at Suleman Dawood School of Business at Lahore University Management School (LUMS). The figures provided by Kashif set out the scale of the challenge presented by this initiative, which is vitally important to future improvements in healthcare management in Pakistan. The subsequent discussion revealed some of the members’ insights and possible connections that could help to provide some of the answers and/or solutions required to underpin the initiative’s success. acumen7 hopes to be kept informed of progress, given that a project such as this is of equal importance in other countries across the globe.    

For more information on LUMS, visit: https://lums.edu.pk/