Acando’s Steve Rivkin is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management (FAPM) and is a member of the APM Northwest Committee. A key part of Steve’s role on the Committee is Education, with a particular emphasis on passing on best practice to new, and aspiring, project managers.
A recent example of this part of Steve’s remit was his two hour presentation on 27 April to students of the MSc course in Project Management at the Salford Business School, University of Salford. The title of the presentation was ‘A Requirements-driven Design Strategy for Managing large Complex Development Projects’. Although the central theme of the presentation was Requirements Management, the material presented covered may aspects of project management, and included: Requirements-driven Design; project support environments; process integration; compliance to international standards; profiling regulatory requirements to specific industry sectors; whole lifecycle management; project and programme governance.
After the presentation a number of the students stayed behind to ask Steve about various aspects of his presentation, and also about his experiences on some of the very large projects he had worked on. Professor Kevin Kane, Programme Leader for the course, said that the students tended to cover a lot of theoretical material on the course, and hearing about the practical aspects of real projects was extremely stimulating for them. Kevin commented that ‘they really enjoyed it and found it very interesting and enlightening, and want to know when you are coming back - and that is not their normal reaction!’