A brave new world?

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We live in an increasingly unpredictable and complex environment where we are continually asked to deliver more with less. The theme for this years APM Project Management Conference is concerned with defining the new kind of project management required to survive, succeed and excel in this new environment. New World, New Project Management will shape the discussion about new ways of working and making sense and the implications for the profession.

To drive the discussion there are four overarching themes, which will be featured as streams in the conference:

Delivering Value: The mindset for creating project value is central to delivering effective solutions, making value-focused decisions, and exploiting emerging opportunities. The success of projects in the new world will increasingly hinge on identifying, nurturing and maximising the value of investments and initiatives. In todays austerity climate where every penny needs to add value for stakeholders, this stream offers a new perspective for redefining and re-focusing project management.

Managing Change: Change is hard, even in good times. It is defined by the need to adapt, transform and make it stick. Being able to change is critical to sustaining business success and will become even more critical in the new world where change is a permanent feature and a key challenge. As the demands for more fundamental change increase, the need to guide and lead people and organisations will define our ability to survive and prosper. The mastery of change builds on the development of a synergy between culture, attitude and learning that can liberate, empower and transform.

Working with Business: Organisational strategy is implemented through projects, portfolios and programmes. To deliver improved benefits we need to become proactive in participating, defining, shaping and influencing more key decisions. Continuing to deliver successfully in the new world will require getting closer to the business and developing a more holistic and responsive perspective that can be updated to reflect changing demands and priorities, alongside realised, effective and useful outcomes. 

Growing Professionalism: Given the challenges, the role of professionalism becomes more crucial in the new world. Many questions remain to be answered How do we grow leaders? How do we develop capability for dealing with change? What new development approaches need to be applied to deliver the new professionals? What are the new skills for the future?

New World, New Project Management promises to be an inspiring event. The conference will bring together thought leaders and practitioners in an endeavour to integrate practical concepts, emerging ideas and inspiring case studies. The New World will change society and expectations, requiring corresponding changes in how we interact, work and engage with the future. The project management community plays a part in translating vision into reality. Join us on the day to be part of the debate about the future of vision, projects, change and expectations.

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Posted by Professor Darren Dalcher on 15th Aug 2011

About the Author
Darren is Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire, and founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management. He works to foster interactive dialogue about the integration of successful practice with theoretical research in the management of projects. He is the editor of two book series featuring Advances in Project Management, and a number of journals and has chaired the APM Project Management Conference for five years.

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