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New trends in project management

What do the following ideas have in common?

  • Innovation
  • Project entrepreneurship
  • Dealing with time critical projects
  • Re-discovering the human element
  • Projects within organisations
  • Blowback and the unintended consequences of decisions
  • Selling project management to executives
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Collective action
  • Social change

(See answer at the end of the article)

Project managers are continuously challenged to deliver more with less whilst improving the track record of project delivery. Fresh insights into how people and teams work, how to lead in complex and dynamic environments and how to improve delivery capability continue to emerge in different areas and domains.

Yet we often hear about the projects that do not work.  But what about the truly amazing projects that succeed? Where are they celebrated? What new ideas and perspectives might become available? How do we find out?

Many project managers ask questions related to the issues above and their impact on project management. Others are looking for lessons and experiences to share and engage with. We could all do with the opportunity to discuss what works, reflect on what is possible and consider our approaches and ideas for the future.

The answer:
As the APM celebrates its fortieth anniversary, the ideas listed above and the achievements of many major projects above will be featured at the APM Project Management Conference 2012. If you are interested in updating your skills, learning the lessons from the Olympic games and other challenging projects, thinking about innovative approaches, or simply looking to be dazzled or inspired by some of the amazing projects that are being attempted join us at the APM conference.

The sessions will introduce you to some of the leading project mangers dealing with the challenges ranging from people to space, and from complexity to resistance in organisations. If you would like to participate in the dialogue, engage with a range of new ideas and get a feel for the new boundaries of project management, join us in celebrating project management as The Art of the Possible at.

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  1. Richard Renshaw
    Richard Renshaw 17 July 2012, 12:11 PM

     Dear Darren,I wanted to suggest that as a reflection of the sharp economic changes that as a consequence there is an upward swing in Joint Ventures (JV) and alliances when undertaking projects and programmes. The rational to offset risk and attain the benefit of difference areas of competence between two or more organisational entities. A potential addition to your good list of ideas above could include good practice as to what has worked well by members and what with hindsight were mistakes not to be repeated when working in a JV or Alliance. It's just an idea, hope it appeals. Kind regards RichardSunny Jeddah