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Babies, power, elections & projects in UK

Miles Shepherd describes major developments affecting projects & PM in the UK in his May report

7 May 2015 – London, UK – Miles Shepherd, Global Advisor and International Correspondent for PM World in England and a former Chair of both APM and IPMA, has provided another update on major projects and project management developments in the United Kingdom. His May report in the PM World Journal was added to the PM World Library this month.

According to Miles’ introduction, “It does not matter whether you live in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the world, but it would be hard to miss the two projects that have dominated the news media as well as social conversations. This was demonstrated to me when I got to Anchorage, in Alaska. I hoped I was far enough away from UK to miss coverage of both but was doomed to disappointment.

Nevertheless, despite the tedium of what many would think excessive and intrusive press coverage, the birth of a daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a very happy event for them and the nation, and the conclusion of a project of sorts.

The other ‘project’ is the General Election. We are now obliged to hold these events every 5 years, under the current legislation. Gone are the days of tottering Governments, backroom deals struck between politicians and any one of various groups of power brokers such as the Unions, big business or minority parties. Nowadays, we just get poorly estimated legislation schedules, with Parliament twiddling its high priced thumbs for several months towards the end of the scheduled period. I was horrified to learn that CNN is running a series of special broadcasts to provide international visibility of the events to the wider world. As BBC, Sky and ITN are providing wall-to-wall coverage at home, it seems there is nowhere safe, not even at 25,000 feet over the coast of Canada as the airline I used even had internet connection and power sockets!

I’ll come back to the Election shortly but this report will be looking at 4 main topics: power generation, election impacts, project problems and project opportunities.

It does not matter whether you live in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the world, but it would be hard to miss the two projects that have dominated the news media as well as social conversations. This was demonstrated to me when I got to Anchorage, in Alaska. I hoped I was far enough away from UK to miss coverage of both but was doomed to disappointment.

Nevertheless, despite the tedium of what many would think excessive and intrusive press coverage, the birth of a daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a very happy event for them and the nation, and the conclusion of a project of sorts.

The other ‘project’ is the General Election. We are now obliged to hold these events every 5 years, under the current legislation. Gone are the days of tottering Governments, backroom deals struck between politicians and any one of various groups of power brokers such as the Unions, big business or minority parties. Nowadays, we just get poorly estimated legislation schedules, with Parliament twiddling its high priced thumbs for several months towards the end of the scheduled period. I was horrified to learn that CNN is running a series of special broadcasts to provide international visibility of the events to the wider world. As BBC, Sky and ITN are providing wall-to-wall coverage at home, it seems there is nowhere safe, not even at 25,000 feet over the coast of Canada as the airline I used even had internet connection and power sockets! I’ll come back to the Election shortly but this report will be looking at 4 main topics: power generation, election impacts, project problems and project opportunities.”

To read his interesting report, visit Miles’ author showcase in the library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/miles-shepherd/ and click on his most recent report. Access is free, but one must be a registered library member and logged in to access after 10 June.

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