The Art of the Possible
Project managers often act as agents of change translating wish, fantasy and fancy into a delivered reality. In a world characterised by demanding constraints, growing expectations and conflicting trade-offs, managers balance priorities, needs and potential. Their continuing ability to deliver, transform and innovate make their achievements a triumph in the art of the possible.
The conference will feature three themes that underpin and showcase the diversity and growing maturity of the discipline.
Making it happen: The last forty years have seen many amazing projects and programmes that have defied complexity and transformed our view of what might be possible. Making it happen features outrageous ideas, innovative projects, ambitious targets and the determination to succeed, innovate and make a difference. Progress relies on pioneers willing to think outside the box. This theme will feature 1000mph cars on the road, space tourism using suborbital flights, the bringing of people and places together through environmental graphics and identity, and the construction of a new high frequency, convenient and accessible railway through the centre of a bustling metropolis.
From vision to reality: The preparations for the London 2012 Olympics and the early delivery of the facilities a year ahead of schedule have been a major talking point in the project management community. The conference will offer an unprecedented opportunity to hear the story of the London 2012 Olympic programme direct from the team that delivered it, just before the games open in July. From vision to reality exploits the APM’s privileged position as an ODA Learning Legacy Partner offering a unique opportunity for delegates to engage with the experience, share the insights and learn the lessons from the Olympic programme.
Reconfiguring project management: Successful delivery also relies on identifying new ideas and perspectives that are needed to underpin the discipline of project management. Managers work with people, establish coalitions and alliances, engage with organisations, and endeavour to establish trust, overcome resistance and make change stick. Reconfiguring project management brings together experts and practitioners who are challenging the boundaries of project management by emphasising alternative perspectives, views and concepts that address fundamental aspects relate to the delivery of change, innovation and improvement. Focusing on key initiatives, identifying the human element, engaging groups and stakeholders, allowing people to make change possible and the unintended consequences of decisions; the stream will provoke, challenge, question and offer new ways of approaching the art of project management.
The conference offers a rich diversity of ideas and insights and a unique opportunity to identify with exceptional projects and new ways of thinking. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the triumph of ambition. You are all invited to join the dialogue and play a part in shaping the interactive discussions.
Darren is the Director of the National Centre for Project Management and chairman of the APM Project Management Conference.