Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Mayhem and Meetings in Manchester

On Monday, I was over at Manchester University for a couple of meetings.

The day did not start well,I was delayed by poor process at Manchester Piccadilly train station: there had been a decision to check all tickets, but insufficient ticket checkers had been allocated to this process, so a queue built up, it also created problems for passengers trying to get off the travelator. A few of us moved the portable barriers and left via a different exit (waving my ticket in he vague director of a station employee).

My first meeting was with the process improvement and change team. As a team they were set up at a similar time to us in the PIU, I hope that the meeting was the first step in us starting to share good practice: certainly many of our challenges seemed to be very similar. I was also able to refer them to the the lean he hub ( and UCISA Project and Change Management Group (PCMG) ( for wider community of practice engagement.

Next meeting was the UCISA PCMG committee meeting. We had a very professional overview of the work of the project team from Roberto Confessore (Head of Projects). We also had an interesting presentation from the Association of Project Managers who have set up a special interest group on change management. We look forward to collaborating with them in the future.

The main business of the day was preparing for our first event which will be on 10 June We also have blogged about this here

We also looked at our group comms and stats, which show steady improvement both in people accessing the tool kits we've produced and in social media usage. Perhaps my favourite part of the meeting was catching up with the committee members, hearing about the projects they are involved in and sharing insights and practice.

You will be pleased to know that the journey home passed without event.

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