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CII Project Definition Rating Index – Reducing The Probability of Project Failure webinar

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Poor scope definition is recognised as one of the leading causes of project failure, resulting in cost and schedule overruns, and long term operational issues. This webinar was held on 12 October 2022.

This webinar shared the learning from Sellafield Ltd's successful deployment of PDRI in a complex and challenging regulated environment.

A key feature of the deployment is a focus on the creation of the supportive behaviors to encourage an open an honest appraisal of project maturity. This approach engenders ownership and accountability of the project team, empowering the team to effectively chart a path to success.

The topics covered included:

  • What is PDRI, it's origins and how can it make project outcomes more predictable.
  • PDRI as a tool for achieving team alignment.
  • The facilitated deployment of PDRI, benefit realisation and stakeholder buy-in.
  • Lessons learned during roll out in the Sellafield environment.
  • Project and portfolio level insight.

The speakers have very kindly allowed their presented material to be made available for viewing. The webinar recording on YouTube will be available in our APM resources area and embedded below for your reference. The slides may be provided shortly.

Andrew Tyson, Head of Profession (Project Management), Sellafield Ltd.

Andrew is head of profession for project management at Sellafield Ltd. He has 30 years’ experience at Sellafield delivering projects in a complex high hazard environment. Sellafield has been on a journey to improve project management over the last 10 years, with a recent focus on front end phase initiatives to assist project certainty including PDRI.

Gavin Simmons, Programme Director, KBR Inc.

Gavin is a project management professional with over 25 years' experience of engineering and project managing the safe development of major projects with TIC up to 12BN USD in a variety of industry sectors including oil and gas, petrochemical, energy, nuclear and infrastructure. Gavin has led the implementation of PDRI at Sellafield through the Project and Programme Partners (PPP) P3M team.

This session has been organised by the North West Branch – Cumbria Group.

This event is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.

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  1. Tim Podesta
    Tim Podesta 09 December 2022, 12:24 PM

    An excellent webinar on the CII PDRI tool. Thank you @TonyPerry for the nudge to review the recording. As a subject matter expert in Front End Planning and an accredited Facilitator for PDRI I can commend this example of a tool that helps test that the right project has been chosen and that the project is set up to be done right - and have the best chance of success. It is applicable for a wide range of industries.

  2. Tony Perry
    Tony Perry 19 January 2023, 08:09 PM

    Thanks Tim Podesta - speak soon