First APM Board meeting of 2012
On the 10th January we held the first APM Board meeting of the New Year. A chance for the Executive and the Board to meet up and guide the APM and project management forward. The meeting also gave us a chance to reflect on what had been achieved by all the volunteers, the membership and the Ibis House team in 2011.
It is all too easy to look at the issues you face and how far our ambition has to take us, and not acknowledge and reflect on how much has been achieved, and how far we have come. We have; developed the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition, won the bid to develop project management higher apprenticeships, welcomed the PMO SIG into the APM, launched APM Registered Project Professional (RPP), as well as run the annual conference, awards and the launch of many new guides and products through the SIGs.
Having said that there is much to look forward in 2012, despite the economic climate; this year will see us launch the new body of knowledge and the higher apprenticeships in project management as part of our concerted campaign for enhanced professionalism in what is our 40th anniversary year. We are also looking at the governance of the APM and injecting more youthful element to the board with the call that has gone out for an intern to join the board among the younger generation. We have or are developing links with a number of UK based professional bodies and strengthening our ties with international associations - the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the International Centre for Complex Project Management, and the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards.
One of our key areas for discussion was the continuation and adding detail to our new All Project Succeed vision, with its focus on competence, not just knowledge. This view was summed up rather neatly in the meeting with the phrase just because you know the rules to football, does not mean you can play in the premiership.
However, APM and the profession have a premier league 2012 to look forward to and how better to start the year than with the first ODA Learning Legacy event, an exemplar of what the APM stands for of project success based on solid and innovative professionalism.
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Agile refuses to analyse requirements beforehand – and thus declines to provide an initial certainty. This will probably always scare any stakeholder trying to understand whether or not they can show results to the board with the budget that they are granted.
You have a choice. You can either muddle on, stand firm and fix it – or look elsewhere.