A year to cheer
Practitioners, take a bow. What a year 2012 has been.
Your project successes have touched every sector and have captured the headlines for all the right reasons.
Over the past 12 months we have witnessed some outstanding achievements in the UK, with government projects at the heart of the majority of them. The achievements of the year wont be soon forgotten, but we must continue to grow.
The message from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Decembers Project interviewee was that project successes, like those around the delivery of London 2012, are examples of how investing in major projects can help turn UKs economic fortunes around. It makes sense, she told me. When you invest it brings jobs, self belief, pride, confidence and a whole range of other positive things. I am not a huge fan of cutting back as when you do it makes everything shrink. It is important for our infrastructure in the UK to keep investing and keep improving.
Tanni makes a very good point. Economic figures released in late October indicated that the UK had emerged from the double-dip recession. The growth of one per cent in the third quarter of 2012 was a direct result of the Olympic Games, with some commentators estimating that as much as 0.2 per cent may have been added through ticket sales alone.
This is a lesson we must embrace going into 2013. We need to speculate to accumulate, to keep moving and keep improving.
As Professor Eddie Obeng told me earlier in the year, it is project managers that are the real agents of change. Politicians cant change the world; printing money won't make anyone any richer. We are the heroes, we can change the world.