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Ticketbud Launches New Platform, Aims To Reimagine How Large Organisations Manage Events.

Posted in News on 29 July 2015

Austin based event ticketing startup Ticketbud launches Ticketbud for Organisations after 1 year in private Beta.

Ticketbud for Organisations is event registration software targeted at medium to large companies that manages multiple events across all departments. Once an organization is onboarded, individual employees can create & manage events. Ticketbud then produces a detailed cross­event sales dashboard, employee activity feed and dynamic event listing pages for the admin of an organisation.

CTO Brandon Harris says, “Ticketbud for Organisations addresses a big problem that we saw while working with our larger clients. Managing many events across an organization is a logistical nightmare. With all the personnel changes & reporting requirements, it’s pretty difficult for an administrative head to keep track of everything with an off­the­shelf solution. We’re confident that our product brings control to a chaotic environment, it’s our goal to turn any organization’s event department into a well oiled machine.”

Ticketbud used the private Beta to develop their core analytics product and build out event pre­population technology. The pre­population technology allows organizations that are launching hundreds of event ticket sales to submit event data directly to Ticketbud. The platform then pre­populates the data into live event pages on Ticketbud, saving hours of setup time for the organisation. Their next release will add event marketing automation tools and an update to their analytics product.

Ticketbud’s “combined event ticketing+organisational management” approach is already a hit with Dave & Buster’s, their private beta partner. The 7 person team worked closely with the restaurant & entertainment chain in executing 3 nationwide event rollouts spanning over 300 events. This resulted in over 10,000 tickets sold across 73 Dave & Buster’s locations. The partnership created a constant feedback loop that led Ticketbud to iterate on the Organisation’s product.

The product launch comes on the heels of exceptional growth for the startup. Ticketbud’s live event count has seen over a 1500% increase in the past year with over 50,000 events occurring on the platform at any point in time. Pricing for Ticketbud is competitive, starting at 2% + $.99 per ticket dependent on the size of the organization. The startup plans on growing their Ticketbud for Organisations customer base while continuing to make enhancements to their standard platform.

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7 Effective Ways to Increase Participation at Your Events

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2015

Want to improve learning, connection, engagement, and action outcomes at your meetings? Then use a process that requires and supports purposeful participant activity!

When people are actively involved in their learning they learn more, and retain what they learn longer and more accurately.

And when you eliminate attendees by turning them into participants in your meeting sessions, they connect more effectively with their peers, at a much higher rate than at conventional events.

Making this happen at your meetings isn’t rocket science. Here are seven simple and effective ways to increase participation at your events.

 

1. Badge It!

Who’d have thought that the humble name badge could provide useful information that can spark connections and engagement between attendees who are just walking around? Here’s how to do it.

Use large name badges (I like 4” x 6” vertical badges) and design them so there’s space for attendees to write on them. Then add a “Talk to me about…” space, or an “I’d like to know about…” space, or an “All we need is…” on your badge. Voila! Attendees now have a way to broadcast their interests and expertise and an excuse to peer at each other’s badges.

A slightly different approach is to have people write a specific area of interest on their badge (perhaps on the back if it’s blank) and then walk around and cluster with other attendees who share the same interest.

 

2. Seat Swap

To increase conversational partners at seated meals, simply announce a seat swap between two courses (typically between the main course and dessert). If the group includes approximately equal numbers of men and women, ask all the men or all the women to stand up and choose a chair at another table.

Alternatively, have everybody move whose last name begins with a letter in the first half of the alphabet. All will double their pool of conversational partners at the cost of perhaps a couple of minutes’ rearrangement. At a seated buffet-style meal you can have more than one seat swap, with a commensurate increase in potential connections.

 

3. Post It!

At the start of a conference session, hand out several sticky notes and a pen to attendees. Ask them to write down one or more topics they would like explored or questions they would like answered, one per note. Tell them they do not need to use all their notes. Supply a wall area where notes can be posted, and ask them, once they have finished, to post their notes on the wall.

Give participants a few minutes to write their responses. As the notes are posted it is natural for people to hang around the wall and read what others have written. Let them do this, but ask people to allow late posters to get to the wall.

As the notes are posted, cluster them in groupings of similar topics. Once all the notes are on the wall, provide some time for everyone to take in the topics and questions. This group sharing can then be used as a starting point for discussion techniques like the fishbowls described below.

 

4. Body voting

Body voting—also called human graphs, human spectrograms, or continuum voting—is one of the most versatile participative techniques. It provides an information-rich public tableau of opinions or personal information by asking participants to move to a place in the room that corresponds to their responses to questions with a range of possible answers. Body voting allows session presenters, the group, and participants to directly experience the range and distribution of responses, and then explore individual responses or group outcomes as appropriate.

Although I can’t do justice to the full range of possibilities of body voting in this article, here are a couple of ways I like to use it.

To demonstrate the collective amount of experience in the room, ask people to think of the number of years of experience they have and then have them line up across the room in order by their number of years of experience. Ask a few of those at the high experience end to say how many years’ experience they have and repeat their answers for the whole group. Then, walk to the middle of the line (i.e., the point where there are approximately equal numbers of participants on either side of you) and ask the people there how many years’ experience they have. Multiply their answer by the number of participants and announce the number of collective person-years of experience in the room, which will invariably be far greater than any one or two people could possess.

To allow participants to quickly meet other attendees who live or work near them, create in advance a map of the geographical region that includes a majority of attendees’ locations, and display it in the room. Stand facing the map and point out the compass directions (e.g. “towards the map is North”.) Ask people to move to the spot in the room that corresponds to where they live/work. Once people are in position, have them introduce themselves to the people nearby, exchange business cards, etc.

 

5. Fishbowls

Ever been at a “discussion” session that was monopolized by a few talkative individuals, with no one else getting a word in? Me too!

A fishbowl encourages free-wheeling discussion that anyone can join without having to get the attention of a moderator or talk over a noisy interrupter. In one version, participants sit in a horseshoe arrangement of chairs, with a few chairs in the “mouth” of the horseshoe, as shown.

image: http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/uploads/2015/07/fishbowl.jpg

A facilitator sits in one of the mouth’s chairs and explains the fishbowl rules:

– If you want to talk, you must come and sit in one of the small group of chairs.
– If all the small group chairs are full and no one has yet spoken, wait a little—otherwise, when you come up, someone sitting in a mouth chair must go back to a horseshoe chair.
– If you’re sitting in a small group chair and have finished what you have to say, go back to a horseshoe chair.
– When you’re in a small group chair, you can address your comments to someone else in these chairs or to the whole group.

When the facilitator gently enforces these rules, everyone has a chance to speak, discuss, and be heard. Participants appreciate how the small group format focuses the discussion, how the contributors change as needed, how simply the front row shows who may talk, and how it’s clear when the conversation on a topic has run its course.

 

6. Pair Share

Instead of one person talking and everyone else listening during a meeting session, use a few minutes of pair share to give every participant the opportunity to engage by thinking, talking, and listening. Pose a discussion question, have attendees pair up, and give everyone 30-60 seconds to think about their response. Then ask everyone to spend a couple of minutes discussing their answers with their partners. You may want to have one person in each pair start, and have them swap roles half way through the time you’ve allocated.

 

7. Pecha Kucha and Ignite

Pecha Kucha and Ignite are dynamic short-form presentations that limit presenters to 20 slides automatically advanced, each shown for 20 seconds (Pecha Kucha) or 15 seconds (Ignite), while the presenter shares his or her passion about a topic. Because each presentation lasts just 6 minutes and 40 seconds (Pecha Kucha) or 5 minutes (Ignite), presenters are challenged to be concise, targeted, and creative—and you can pack four Pecha Kucha or five Ignite presentations into 30 minutes. While these presentation styles are entertaining and a lot of fun, their impact is maximized when they are immediately followed by small breakout discussion sessions with the presenters. The combination reinforces participant learning, as attendees follow up and explore the ideas presented.

 

In Conclusion

There’s no excuse for inflicting lectures on your attendees any more. Incorporating any or all of the above participation techniques into your meeting sessions is a sure fire way to increase learning, connection, engagement, and action outcomes at your events!


Read more at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/increase-participation-at-events#wKtczv8A0xh0igLG.99

 

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Using SEO to Boost PR

Posted in News on 29 July 2015

Public relations (PR) and search engine optimization (SEO) are separate entities, but combining the two creates such a powerful force, it seems they were almost designed to go together.
The heart of PR is an attempt to use the media to create dialogue, conversation and awareness of a business, person, or event. It is, in essence, a business built on words. When those words are built on the back of a competent SEO strategy, they become infinitely more powerful in their reach, strength and ability to improve a document’s visibility. PR is about content and SEO was designed to elevate content to its highest level.

PR and Links

According to an interview with PR expert James Crawford, 20 percent of traffic comes from links that have been developed naturally. However, if you use SEO to acquire links with your content, you can bring that number up to a full 40 percent. Press coverage — which starts with a good PR campaign — is one of the best ways to acquire those links.

PR: Built for SEO
In the same interview, Crawford discusses the kinds of content that works best when tying a PR campaign to a SEO strategy. The best way to acquire links, he says, is by including search pieces, studies and videos. It makes no difference whether the keyword traffic is branded or unbranded — either way, the search numbers go up.
This pattern increases when the PR agency includes basic details such as who, what, why, when and where into the first paragraph of the press release or profile.

Prioritizing SEO
According to one expert article, “Every senior-level PR and content marketing professional should have a solid understanding of how SEO works and how it applies to their own work.”

Integrating SEO into the standard writing style of your firm, from the top down, is key to making your PR firm’s culture operate on the assumption that good content is paramount to good search results — but that good content alone is not good enough.

Keyword Research
According to digital PR consultant Carrie Morgan, five minutes of keyword research can amplify the results of your campaign immensely. Instead of writing about a topic in which you assume people will be interested, she states, research trending topics on social media. Twitter, for example, plainly lays out the exact keywords that are buzzing at any given moment. You can find them with a simple hashtag search.

Backlinking
Don’t let a guest blog or a byline article go to waste. It is imperative to point links back to your own company or personal website. Add value by hyperlinking either in the body of the piece or in the bio. If it’s difficult to place the link naturally in the piece itself, feel free to slide it into an “about us” section.

Cross-Platform Integration
According to one expert strategy, you can “plant the seed for brand awareness” by using traditional media exposure as your foundation and then supplementing that with a barrage of new media. Local press and trade blogs can be supercharged by acquiring inbound links from Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and your own business blog and direct e-mail newsletter.

As major changes to Google and a wave of unethical, black-hat keyword stuffers have created a conversation about the future — and effectiveness —of SEO, there is one arena that undeniably goes hand-in-hand with SEO: public relations. The content that is created by good PR pros is the stuff that SEO was designed to enhance through link-building, metadata, page structure and keywords.

There is never a replacement for good content, but when that content is supported by a foundation of strong SEO, the options are endless.

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Events Assistant

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2015

Civil Society Media is focused on helping charities and other civil society organisations deliver sustainable public benefit. Founded in 1993, we provide essential news, analysis, training and conferences for their employees and trustees. Our products include Charity Finance, Governance and Fundraising magazines, www.civilsociety.co.uk, The Charity Awards, seven major annual conferences and a programme of training courses.

With direct line report and managed on a day to day basis by the events manager, the events assistant will have responsibility for:

  • Administration and management of training courses: Processing delegate registrations, delegate liaison, producing delegate packs and badges. Liaising with course leaders, managing on the day delegate registration at all London courses.
  • Delegate management : managing enquiries, and liaising with delegates throughout the entire registration process. Accurately inputting delegate registrations, producing weekly reports and carrying out research where required.
  • Managing of delegate management system : Setting up of events, updating, and correcting information
  • Processing payments : invoicing and sending receipts, assisting with credit control where required
  • Speaker liaison: Supporting the event manager where required with travel, expenses, audio visual management , thank you letters, gifts, etc
  • Management of Charity Awards admin: including judges’ meetings, guest list, filing and distribution of nominations forms.
  • On-site assistance and support at all events: In particular, management off delegates and registration desk. Assembling stands and assisting with event logistics to ensure smooth running on the day.

Candidate requirements

  • Minimum of one years’ experience of events assistant/administrator role
  • A meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent administrative and customer service skills
  • A high level of personal organisation – candidates must be able to self-plan and self-motivate
  • Calm and positive in your approach to situations – able to think under pressure when the situation demands it
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and a proactive team player
  • A creative, inventive outlook and the ability to articulate and implement your ideas
  • Highly numerate and literate, with good ICT skills, fluent in Excel and Word
  • Experience of using delegate management systems and/or database
  • Present a professional and smart image at all times

What to do next

We are looking for an immediate start – we look forward to hearing from you

Salary: £19,000.00 /year

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Meeting and Events Co-ordinator

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2015

From grand sweeping staircases to Italian mosaic floors and original Corinthian columns, The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool offers indulgent accommodation, dining and relaxation right in the middle of town. Following an extensive restoration project the hotel offers 87 luxurious bedrooms and suites, a sumptuous Library Lounge, Jean Christophe Novelli at Michelle Brasserie, Eforea spa, three breath-taking conference and banqueting suites and even an exclusive cigar terrace.

We now have an exciting opportunity to recruit an Meeting & Events Co-ordinator to join this great and exciting concept.

We will be looking for someone who has both great customer focus and great communication skills in order to play a key part to this role. Strong experience in a similar role with minimum 2 years experience is essential, preferably within a unique venue with public spaces, such as Grade 2 listed buildings, Galleries, Museums or 5 star hotels

Responsibilities will involve:

  • Assist the Events Team to build repeat client business, through delivery of events of an exceptionally high standard.
  • Co-ordinate clients events and the relevant suppliers on day/evening of event, including operational management of events (may include weekend and Bank Holiday working).
  • To ensure that all sales enquiries are dealt with in a proactive manner & to convert confirmed bookings using the Company sales conversation techniques.
  • Work in a safe, professional manner, reacting to client demands and unexpected situations as they develop.
  • To be involved in converting business & generating sale through showrounds
  • To grow & develop, existing customers through regular contact, meeting & greeting, follow up calls etc.

If you enjoy what you do! have a Great personality, CARE, along with a Can do attitude, then we want to hear from you!

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Events Assistant

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2015

Hamleys the world’s finest toy shop are excited to recruit Events Assistants within our new Manchester Store. We are recruiting for Events Assistants who can exceed our customers’ expectations within the store by creating and presenting engaging performances, conducting historically factual in-character tours and ensuring the smooth operational running of Children’s parties and private hire/ company organised functions and other store activities. To provide children’s Party/ private hire Guests and customers with first class levels of customer service and entertainment at all times. To actively participate in supporting the goals of the store Management team, driving footfall by creating an element of theatre and enhancing the overall customer experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • To be engaging, effectively drawing the customer into the magic of the store and making the experience exciting
  • To present a professional image and positive attitude to internal and external customers
  • To project the company image in personal appearance and performances
  • To support the store in delivering award winning service
  • To demonstrate effective communication and performing skills
  • To share knowledge and information with other members of the team
  • To effectively communicate with all the team on promotional and operational information
  • To adapt to the ever-changing needs of the business with a positive attitude

The Successful Candidate will have;

  • Have excellent communication and creative skills
  • Displayed competence in performing arts
  • Ability to work independently and as part of the team
  • Ability to communicate team members views to the Management team effectively
  • An outgoing personality
  • Flexibility in working hours

To apply, please click here

For more information check out our website at www.hamleys.com

Events Sales and Marketing Intern

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2015

Launch your career with an industry leader! Our company is seeking an energetic Events Marketing and Sales intern to join our team. The candidate will be responsible for supporting the Campaign Manager and events team to successfully execute and plan established annual events.
This position is a unique opportunity to gain unparalleled event planning experience through interaction with clients, media, team members and other industry professionals.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal are important

  • Ability to work both independently, and in a team-orientated, collaborative environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Positive attitude

  • Proven competency in software applications including MS Word, Excel and Outlook

  • Strong multi-tasking and time management skills including the ability to effectively prioritise

  • and work on several different projects

This is a challenging and rewarding position, which will help the candidate gain valuable experience in event planning and delivery, client relationships, leadership and communication.
Initially this role will be a 1 month internship with a view to full or part time paid employment after review of the internship period. Graduates welcome.

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Conference and Events Office Manager

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2015

Location: Blackweir, Cardiff (CF1), CF10 1XD

Job reference: Caterer

Employer Type: Hotel

Recruiter: Holiday Inn Cardiff

Date posted: 28/07/2015 18:00

Contact: Louise Webb

 

At Redefine|BDL Hotels we are looking for exceptional people to provide outstanding service to our guests and who put our people at the heart of everything we do.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Full Time Conference and Events Manager to join the Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre reporting into the Reservations and Sales Manager.

The successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate they have lead a team to provide excellent service that exceeds our customer’s expectations, can maximize revenue opportunities, can maintain brand standards and deliver a level of high performance consistency.

Key responsibilities for this role include 

  • Developing relationships with conference and event clients 
  • Selling conferences and events over the phone and face to face
  • Drive revenue and increase turnover
  • Managing the employee lifecycle of your team to include recruitment, selection and managing any employee relation concerns.

We’re looking for someone who can maintain a positive and calm outlook, can communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, delegate instructions, has a desire to provide exceptional customer service and is able to motive and lead a high performance team.

 Supervisory experience within a meetings and events role is desirable.

In return, we will give you a competitive salary and benefits package, and opportunities to learn new skills and grow your career.

If you feel you have what it takes to join the UK’s largest independent hotel management company please apply using the link below.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity please contact louise.webb@hicardiffcitycentre.co.uk

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How Social Media Can Help With PR

Posted in Tips on 22 July 2015

Social media has come a long way from the days of Friendster and Myspace. With the introduction of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus and so many other newer platforms, it has become as much a professional staple as a personal one.

So, how is it possible that so many businesses (especially small or online-based businesses) are failing to utilize social media for PR? After all, it can only be vastly improved by the use of direct engagement with both customers and the press -- and social media is perfect for both.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

Related: 4 Ways to Get Publicity on a Budget

Publish social-media friendly content

A great option are case studies. Case studies are some of the most powerful quantifiers you can use on the web. Not only do they present clear, concise data, but they also offer perspective in the results. More than that, if you present it in the right way you can elicit an emotional response that will prompt engagement and potentially sharing.

If you look at the case studies provided by other companies, you will notice how often those studies are shared and cited by major media outlets. For example, The Wall Street Journal is notorious for sharing case studies of companies of many sizes and influence.

Add in visuals, and you have the perfect content for social sharing, all with the aim of improving PR and brand image.

Seek bloggers' coverage

Blogosphere is the perfect link between social media and PR, as bloggers are active on social media and many of them are closely monitored by journalists.

Here are a few ways to get mentioned by popular bloggers:

Be a contributor: Guest posting at a well-known blog is a good way to get media coverage. Here are some ways to find guest blogging opportunities.

Provide your expertise: Being featured in a expert interview is a good way to make yourself more discoverable by journalists looking for quotes on a topic. MyBlogU offers you an easy way to participate in expert round-ups and find solo interview opportunities on niche blogs. Using the platform, you'll see your name cited again and again by niche bloggers and if you are lucky enough by journalists too!

Get your service or product reviewed: Blogger reviews work great for potential media coverage as well. Whether you pro-actively seek coverage or not, your product will probably be reviewed by users anyways: There are lots of online generators and platforms that give users that ability. Again, the question is, whether or not you want to control the message and make more of user reviews by approaching power niche bloggers. Free platforms like Tomoson help you get your product or giveaway featured on niche blogs which increases your chances to be noticed by journalists.

Related: 5 Tools to Fuel Your Company's PR Machine

Connect with the press on social media

The media picks up a shocking amount of information from the web these days: Not just details to enhance stories but entire stories. Reddit has been used by major publications to source interesting stories. Twitter trends and hashtags are covered by major news outlets. Social media sites have become a solid part of journalism.

Social media can offer you a fast way to go about connecting with the media. By strategic use if hashtags and social media tagging, you can get a solid media coverage, provided you have a good story to cover.

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Developments in IT Project Management

Posted in News on 21 July 2015

With new IT implementations the demand for IT project managers is increasing. Agile methodologies support collaboration with distributed teams for creative problem solving. Domain expertise matters for managing project. The Internet of Things, cloud, big data, and cyber security will continue to dominate the IT landscape. Project managers have to pioneer IOT initiatives, be prepared for the influx of data and ensure that deliverables from their projects are secure says Chris Breckon, Digital Business Development Manager at Telegraph Media Group. The future of projects will be through entrepreneurial project managers.

The project management timeline, an infographic from Telegraph Courses, explores the past, present and future of project management.

InfoQ interviewed Chris Breckon about their investigation on project management, developments in managing IT projects, the importance of domain expertise, agile methodologies and managing projects, and trends in project management.

InfoQ: What made you decide to investigate project management to come up with this project management timeline?

Breckon: As we work very closely with project management course providers and we have a high volume of interest in project management courses we wanted to provide an overview of the project management industry so that we could show how it has changed historically to present day and why it is of such importance in the future.

InfoQ: Can you elaborate about some of the major changes that have happened in project management?

Breckon: Leadership and project methods have changed over time, from the historic inhospitable conditions which were authority driven by hard labour, deprivation and starvation which is shown on the timeline to more modern methods of team work that is creatively managed, more focussed (specialised) and takes into account project delays which were not accounted for historically. Project work is being distributed more effectively also, in the example of the Shard, the entire spire was pre-assembled in three storey sections on an airfield in Yorkshire whilst construction took place on the Shard in London – distributing construction work across regional locations helps to effectively bring a project together to meet deadlines.

InfoQ: Projects in IT is one of the sectors mentioned to watch out for in certain countries. Can you elaborate why you think this is the case, and why in these countries?

Breckon: For many countries I believe this is due to the upsurge in demand for data driven projects in IT, with new IT implementations more PM’s are in demand to lead these projects. In places such as Nigeria, Internet users are on the rise and the Internet itself has opened up a plethora of IT opportunities, there are complex regulatory issues in place but organisations are looking to project practitioners who can manage the risks and conduct analysis, IT project managers have these skills so investment is being made to push these skills.

InfoQ: IT also mentioned for Brazil, India and United Kingdom. Can you tells us more about what is happening in those countries, and how that will affect managing IT projects?

Breckon: Well in terms of Brazil, Brazils IT services industry has grown by 8.7% in a 12 month period due to the expanding numbers in R&D centres which support offshore projects, the growing awareness of Brazil in the corporate world is why Brazils IT sector is one to watch. Overall, Brazil is a good case study for project management in terms of success and challenges, where you can learn from and even they are still learning from their project management implementations for the World Cup event that took place in 2014. The cup was spread over 12 cities, they had to build seven additional stadiums and that came with project challenges. Although it was of economic value to hold the World Cup many project delays, mistakes and facilitation problems took place and is a great case study if you look into it further.

As for India, according to the ManpowerGroup India have the strongest hiring intentions globally. Government planning is devoting its time to more resources for IT and infrastructure projects and so PM’s are required to bring efficiency to government projects. The IT industry is fuelling economic growth and this has been down to energising the higher education sector especially in engineering and computer science. When you look at the market growth in energising the future especially with entrepreneurial talent, tech start-ups are set to increase from the current 3,000 up to 11,500 tech start-ups by 2020.

In the UK, the economy has been speeding up and is looking is further grow in 2015. More tech companies are planning to hire in 2015; KPMG had reported two-fifths of all UK tech companies planned to hire by this period in time. With all the IT change, change management is a key focus here. PM’s are strong in this change management area and so are best placed here.

InfoQ: Which development do you expect to characterize future IT projects?

Breckon: The future of projects will be through entrepreneurial project managers. Proactive development, entrepreneurs get that "bigger picture" and that is the way the future is heading towards them. For the project management role this means entrepreneurs will bring added value, more on the job learning, increased productivity, transformation by nurturing and living the idea of the project, maximising ROI and predicting new trends etc….

InfoQ: Do you think that domain expertise matters when managing projects? Can you elaborate why?

Breckon: Yes I believe this matters – having specialised skills when managing projects are important; industry skills, PM skills, solution skills, technical skills in a specialised area is more focussed and critical to the success of development programs. Every person should have a clear understanding of what is being done, why it is being done and why it is important in that moment. There are certainly benefits to having domain knowledge, project managers with solid domain knowledge are able to quickly grasp if the team’s estimates on schedules are realistic and achievable which will mitigate risks, also a PM with domain experience will be more valuable to a company so this would secure a PM’s position.

InfoQ: Can you elaborate on the status of agile methodologies in project management? What do you expect to happen in the near and far future?

Breckon: Agile methodology is cost effective and all about adapting, practices like this will continue to find new ways and better ways of building/growing in the future. Near future you are looking at the domain knowledge and expertise, growing on a larger scale in fields and sectors. I expect the far future to be more collaborative with distributed teams with creative problem solving. This is already existent however in the future expect creativity to be critically assessed as a performance measuring tool. In addition, the level of engagement will improve in teams, perspectives will broaden. Watch for the shift in ideas, mind-sets will be a key thing to watch in teams.

InfoQ: Are there any other trends in project management that we should be aware of? If so, how do you suggest to deal with them?

Breckon: As the Telegraph Courses project management timeline shows there are many trends but in terms of any other I would say Cybersecurity – security will be put more on the project managers to ensure deliverables are secure, the "Cyber Security PM". The Internet of Things, cloud, big data, and cyber security will definitely continue to dominate the IT landscape. IOT, provides a data rich future, this makes more things measurable and analysable, therefore it opens up new project possibilities – projects will grow substantially and PM’s need to start preparing for the influx of data that will change their work. It will be the PM’s job to preserve the vision of IOT whilst addressing realities and pioneering IOT initiatives through specialised PM’s in each area.

 

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