The white paper set out the vision and objectives for the task force with the engagement workstream providing a driving force to enable them.  Specifically, the workstream is tasked with: Developing the vision, blueprints and roadmaps; Community engagement; sharing good practice; and inspiring others.

There is a lot of activity going on in project data analytics through government entities and quangos, industry bodies, professional institutions and academia.  Very little of this is currently co-ordinated and there is danger of duplication and factions emerging. Strategically the Task Force seeks alignment and co-ordination across such initiatives and groups, particularly when it comes to data ownership and data standards. Tactically, in some areas we may need to avoid getting into arguments or taking sides in order to secure support and build momentum.

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Workstream Leads

Prof Tim Broyd, Director, UCL

Task Force Co-Chair, Engagement co-lead

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I am Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London as well as an Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering at the same university. I recently moved to UCL following a career in industry, and have substantial experience as corporate director of technology, innovation and sustainability for globally operating engineering design consultancies, including both Atkins and Halcrow. In addition I was CEO of construction industry research body CIRIA from 2002 to 2007. Within my new role I work with leading individuals in industry and government to understand and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This recently included responsibility for the ‘foresight’ input to the UK Government’s new Construction Industry Strategy as well as currently leading the strategic planning of the UK’s development and implementation of BIM.

I am a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Visiting Professor at both the University of Reading and the University of Dundee. I have maintained an active engagement in the development and deployment of BIM techniques for over a decade, am Vice Chairman of BuildingSmart (UK) Ltd and sit on the UK Government’s BIM Task Force. I am also a Director of CEEQUAL Limited. I became Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in November 2011, with particular responsibility for Public Voice and Policy, and am scheduled to be President in 2016/7.

Andy Murray, Exec Director, Major Projects Association

Engagement co-lead

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Andy is the Executive Director of the Major Projects Association and renowned contributor to project management methods and models having developed/authored core guidance such as PRINCE2, P3M3 maturity mode, IPA’s Project Initiation Routemap, the Public Sector Programme Management Approach (PSMPA), and several governance guides on behalf of APM.  Andy has 30 years project/programme management experience as a practitioner,  consultant and assurer for public, private and third sector organisations both in the UK and internationally

‘The world of projects has been slow on the uptake of data analytics compared with other management disciplines such as marketing, finance and HR. It’s time to catch up. This requires project professionals to look up from the Gantt chart and see the possibilities. It requires data scientists/analysts to turn their attention from other management disciplines to the world of projects. And most importantly it requires organisations to democratise and share their data so that everyone’s project can learn from the hundreds or thousands of others with an element of equivalence. This won’t happen without cross-sectoral leadership which is why a task force comprising professional bodies, government, industry and academia has been established, together with six workstreams to tackle opportunities and barriers the profession faces. The task force is throwing down a gauntlet of 10x performance improvement in 5 years through the applications of project data analytics. I’m proud to be part of the task force and invite other leaders and practitioners to join us and replace practices based on hope and to take a data-driven approach to substantially improve project performance.’