Keith Howells, UK

Keith Howells, UK
Managing Partner
Project4 Learning Lab

Programmed for learning: why it’s ok to not know what you think you should
Sunday, May 30 at 4:10 pm – 4:40 pm CEST

The world of work has never been more dynamic and uncertain than it is today. Most sectors are experiencing rapid and seismic shifts in technological developments and customer expectations and yet many programmes are still managed today according to practices and methods that were developed more than half a century ago.

In this talk we explore the role of scientific thinking in programme and project management and how it can help overcome some common cognitive biases. We propose that plans that are constructed as a series of short, nested experiments, coupled with the establishment of rapid feedback loops, can enable agility in projects and programmes that isn’t present in the traditional methods. We will share a simple thinking model that can be used to focus teams around a common goal and provide agility by accelerating their speed of learning.

Keith Howells is Managing Partner at Project4 Learning Lab, helping clients to accelerate their speed of learning by engaging their teams in continuous improvement using Lean, Agile and Six Sigma methodologies.

He has acquired over 20 years of operational leadership experience in the Aerospace, Defence, Energy and Marine sectors and was previously a Chief Design Engineer for numerous Rolls-Royce Trent aero engines. Keith specialises in using a data-driven approach to design, deliver and verify new products involving complex systems.

He has an MBA from the Open University, is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and is a Leadership Fellow at the College of St George in Windsor.