The Major Projects Association is a membership association for organisations engaged in the initiation and delivery of major projects, programmes and portfolios.
When the Major Projects Association was established in 1981 the key objective of the Founders was to share their experience, knowledge and ideas about major projects, both successes and failures, to help others to avoid mistakes and to incorporate good practice, in order that future projects would be better initiated and delivered.
The Association is still home to those organisations and individuals that share a common purpose: the desire to hone their skills; to improve best practice; and to investigate innovative solutions for the many problems encountered during major projects, programmes and portfolios.
Prendo’s ‘pactio’ simulation has been used on the Association’s annual 5 day course, ‘The Challenge of Major Projects’, every year since 1999. After 8 years of using this simulation successfully, the Association decided, in 2007, to invest in the development of a comprehensive simulation that converted much of their accumulated wisdom into a learning tool that gives participants a chance to “live” the challenges associated with leading complex projects.
Working closely with the Major Project Association’s network of experts, Prendo developed a simulation that captures the key disciplines of major project delivery, including: defining objectives and scope, clarifying success criteria, contract strategy, managing risk and uncertainty, managing stakeholders, scheduling and resourcing, integrated teamwork – i.e. the areas in which mistakes are often made. In 2016 the Association collaborated again with Prendo to develop a “version 2” of the simulation.
“For almost 20 years, Prendo’s simulations have helped our programs add to the skillset and practical wisdom of delegates ranging from senior project professionals to new graduates. We have only ever had positive feedback. Prendo are clearly pioneers in this field.”
Manon Bradley, Development Director, Major Projects Association