What is the BCS night all about?
This event run by the British Computer Society is not a PMO event, but the topic is one that many enterprise PMOs are adapting to. On Monday evening they’ll be getting together to explore how a desire for business agility is affecting business change. Historically, business change projects have followed Kotter’s eight step change model (here: https://www.hotpmo.com/management-models/kotters-eight-step-change-model), but when changing the organization to increase business agility, change professionals and PMO professionals alike are finding they need to develop new skills and knowledge. As Kotter gives way to Kaizen, business change managers need to learn lessons from software development.
The event has been organized by BCS to explore the implication of the quest for business agility for business change professionals. For PMOs who are involved in strategic planning, portfolio management, supply chain management and procurement, this is a great opportunity to hear some understand how change is - um - changing.
The event’s speaker is John Williams, CEO of the Agile Business Consortium - https://www.agilebusiness.org/
John Williams has an extensive background in the public, private and third sectors, including stockbroking, inward investment promotion, international business, banking and higher education. He has lived or worked in the Far East, Middle East, North America and Europe as well as the UK, and has owned companies in the UK and Hong Kong. John is also a Director of the Transformation Trust, a charity supporting disadvantaged youth in the UK, and has worked with the Probation Service, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Business Trust, the Cabinet Office, and has work-shadowed a member of the Royal family.
6pm - tea, coffee on arrival
6.30 - Speaker John Williams
8.00 - networking
I am reliably informed that sandwiches and refreshments will be available at the event.