I’ve just been down to Coventry for the first UCISA Project and Change Management Group Meeting of 2017, www.ucisa.ac.uk/pcmg.
Back in September we put out a call for new members of the group and were inundated with applicants and expressions of interest. We successfully appointed six new members to the committee, five of whom were able to attend the meeting. After hearing about their current roles, remits, professional history and interests I have no doubt that they will all make a valuable addition not only to the group itself but also within the sector more widely.
Agenda Items for the meeting included an interesting presentation from Ian Anderson from Coventry University about how they developed their business analysis functionality, the development of Enterprise Architecture (and also some ideas about how the UCISA EA Community of Practice can link in with PCMG) and also an overview of how Coventry have approached working with Kuali (an open source Student Management system).
The main business for the group was to explore and agree the project and change management challenges that we will try to address/support over the next year and then to draft a plan of activities that will directly be of support for the sector. As a group we plan to deliver as set of webinars (following a very successful webinar organised by Sarah Cockrill, committee member, back in November) and to ensure that activities are relevant to change managers in the sector and perhaps more specifically Business Analysts.
I certainly came away from the meeting feeling energised and enthusiastic about the work this group can offer, and I’m really looking forward to working with people to take this forward.