As the world is rapidly evolving, we are seeing a significant focus across industries and sectors on Digitisation, re-enforcing the need for robust structures, systems and capabilities that enable successful projects, programmes and portfolios delivery. The importance on Data literacy has increased ten-fold and in project management has been highlighted as a core capability gap. Utilising project data analytics to drive productivity and performance requires a top-down approach through upskilling project professionals and providing them with the tools to embrace data analytics. There is not consensus regarding the level of capability and capacity that will be required within the next 2-5 years. One reason being that the issue impacts multiple professions. The answer lies at the interface between these groups rather than separately.


The skills workstream for the Project Data and Analytics Task Force will work to provide an industry standard skills-based competency framework by which organisations will be able to assess their level of PDA capability against. This workstream will also attempt to identify the training and education currently available as a standardised curriculum to achieve the required level of capability. The workstream will look to identify gaps in the standardised curriculum where development of additional training and education is required to be developed in order to achieve a comprehensive PDA capability at all levels of the organisation.

The Skills Workstream have recently developed a research survey to assess the skills and competencies that can enable the adoption of Project Data Analytics. If you are a project professional, spare 10 minutes completing the survey and leave your email for aggregated results.


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Workstream Leads

Sue Simmonite, BAE Systems, Global Project Management & Control Director

Skills workstream lead

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Sue Simmonite is the Global Project Management & Control Director for BAE Systems, a FTSE 100 Global Aerospace & Defence Company delivering some of the most complex military platforms, products and services.   Sue has been with BAE Systems for over 25 years with experience across a range of complex projects in different sectors and business units leading on Project Control, Project Management, Contract Closure and Business Integration, having joined initially as a Business Modern Apprentice.

Operating within the Chief Technology Office based in the UK, Sue works across many different cultures and geographies to provide the enabling Project Management & Control capabilities to achieve operational excellence in projects, programmes and portfolios.

Sue is actively engaged in operational support to the global Portfolios, Programmes and Projects through Chairing key independent reviews such as Integrated Baseline Reviews. Sue also is the corporate sponsor for all senior PM leadership programmes working closely with thought leaders in this area in academia.

Sue is the company representative for the Association for Project Management (APM), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the UK Major Projects Association (MPA) and has recently achieved recognition as an APM Fellow as well as having been recognised internally as one of the inaugural BAE Systems PM Fellows.