Category: Event Recap


Event Recap: Strategic Execution & Value Delivery in Project Management

Last week, BuILD hosted Alexandra Chapman, Co-founder and COO of Totally Optimized Projects for a Hands-on Discussion & Workshop for practitioners as well as students.

Project Management philosophies are important because they color the way we approach the problem. Good project managers require a toolbox filled with differing approaches in order to ensure they are equipped to operate in a variety of settings.

The TOP method is just one such method, one such school of thought. There were many interesting aspects to this project management methodology that is based on over 20 years of experience including definitions of value, identifying desired outcomes, and calculating value drivers.

Defining the endgame

As is the case with many project management tools and methods, identifying the scope and parameters for measuring success are unavoidable. For example, if you are working agile, you would call it your definition of done and it represents the culmination of a sprint.

In this way path dependency is produced: how do I move my team from where we are now to where we are going? For TOP this is question is crucial. Consider Alice in Wonderland asking the Chesire Cat for directions.

From Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951)

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

 

Applying TOP in practice

The methods seeks to create shared understanding of a project and its goals in order to ensure each element of the project is in face value-driven, and ultimately fills the gaps between the business and IT activities.

It accomplishes this through providing practitioners with tangible ways of codifying tacit knowledge, shifting focus from cost to value through systematic repeatable processes that link business strategy with each individual project.

TOP in the Classroom

ITU Lecturer, Christian Stadager says this of the method, “TOP is quite innovative in it’s simple approach delivering value – something I have never seen meticulously broken down into an actionable methodology.” And brought the method into his Digital Governance course for third semester Master’s students studying Digital Innovation & Management.

Sound Interesting?

If this method of project management has piqued your interest and you would like to learn more about applying it in your organization or your studies then let us know! We are happy to offer tools and guidance in any of the project management methodologies we discuss here and we are happy to help.

Event Recap: Google Hash Code @ ITU

Another great event in the books! Earlier this month BuILD hosted the Copenhagen hub for Google’s Hash Code Competition. We want to thank all those who came out and made the event a success! We would also like to thank the student volunteers who took the initiative to make their dream a reality.

37,000 Participants from Norway to South Africa

The atmosphere was relaxed and light-hearted with groups excited to hear the problem statement which was live streamed from Google Dublin. Over 37,000 students and professional participated this year, according to google it would take 22 days to drive from the northern-most hub in Svalbard to the southern-most in South Africa.

This year’s problem was about self-driving cars. Teams were asked write programs that would pick up riders and deliver them to their destination within a given amount of time.

A Fun Night of Coding

Third Year Software Development bachelor student Marcus Joost was happy to spend the evening in good company and having fun, “we joined to try our hand at solving the problem,” he says, “I’m glad I participated. We really enjoyed our evening of coding.”

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Event Recap: Consulting Friday Bar

We want to first and foremost give a big shout out to all those who participated! BuILD exists to host events, training, and networking opportunties that create value for our students and alumni representing industry. It was a pleasure to bring together recent graduates working in consulting and current students considering the pursuit of a similar career.

If I knew then, what I know now…

Although our alumni are employed in some of the most successful consulting houses in Copenhagen, they came representing themselves to share their own experiences.

A common theme among their responses to audience questions was,  “advice I wish someone had given me”. The atmosphere was relaxed and breaks were taken to fill up our glasses a Scroll Bar, and the conversations felt honest.

Join our Community and Learn more about upcoming events

In the coming weeks we will continue to host this format of event since it has been so well received but we need your help to find our future topics.

What industries are you particularly interested in hearing more about? What positions? BuILD will scrape our vast alumni network and give you access to honest opinions from professionals who were just like you not too long ago.

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