Project data analytics is an emergent field that will create an array of research opportunities. It is moving at pace, both in terms of data science capabilities and the rate of implementation. We need research objectives shaped by industry and senior leaders to evidence the opportunities presented by project data analytics.

The research workstream’s aim is to disseminate project data analytics research to allow the sector access to current innovations and best practices. We will be a horizon scanning force to identify emerging insights in the project data analytics domain to inform policy and strategy within the project management profession.

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Workstream Leads

Jo Jolly, Deputy Director, Environment Agency 

Climate & Nature Emergency Co-Lead, Research Co-Lead

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Jo is a Deputy Director at the Environment Agency and leads a team of programme and contract managers, and a team of environmental and sustainability managers. Delivering mainly asset management projects to reduce flood risk, digital tools are an essential part of bringing together knowledge and data to develop the best delivery programmes, to integrate a range of socio-economic and environmental benefits for communities. Jo is an advocate of making best use of data analytics to improve the productivity of project delivery.

Prior to joining the Environment Agency Jo worked in groundwater and contaminated land consultancy, after completing her PhD in Geophysics at the University of Birmingham.

Breda Ryan, Director of Programme Controls Function, Major Programmes & Projects Group

Research Co-Lead

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Breda Ryan is the Director of Programme Controls Function at Jacobs Major Programmes and Projects Group. She supports EMEA infrastructure clients with tailored PMO solutions. She is a change advocate, passionate about 21st century programme controls and is often heard asking the “so what” question to drive meaningful output from data.

Ronald Dyer, Programme Director, Sheffield University Management School, Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA). 

Research Co-Lead

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He possesses over 20 years of project management experience across financial service, education, agriculture and energy focused organisational transformation initiatives. His Research focuses on utilization of game-based-learning, data visualization and artificial intelligence – technology assets (i.e. artefacts) for improved decision-making and problem-solving within organizations.
He has worked on several large IT integration projects at Goldman Sachs, Citi-Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Dr. Dyer is a graduate of Grenoble Ecole de Management, France, where he attained a Doctorate in Business Administration, holds an MBA in Project Management from – Henley Graduate School of Business University of Reading, UK as well as undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada in Business Administration.