David Whitmore

Management Consultant, MI-GSO|PCUBED

David is the Managing Consultant for the Energy & Utilities sector in PCUBED, developing new thinking in project delivery in the nuclear sector. He is a project & programme management practitioner delivering organisational transformation and leading teams of people in complex high technology projects.

Previously David held a number of director level positions, including leading the project and programme management function for Rolls-Royce’s Submarines, Engineering Director at Horizon Nuclear Power and leading the Atkins major project business for the nuclear sector. He has a keen focus on driving innovative collaborative working across organisations and their supply chain. 

Presentation Synopsis

Complex Projects and Megaprojects are increasingly shaped by new enabling technologies and new demands from businesses including how people are treated when working on these endeavours. This is often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Project leaders and practitioners are not fully leveraging the opportunities unlocked by the 4IR and project performance shows little signs of improvement despite the highly innovative and collaborative environment that the 4IR stimulates.

The presentation explores this challenge and concludes that a significant reason why these benefits are not being realised is because there is a competence gap in both the project leader and practitioner communities. These communities are attempting to deal with 21st Century issues using competences, toolsets and a mindset created 100 years’ ago. Significant development in competences associated with the 4IR in general are required. In this presentation specific competences are proposed and justified: collaborative working including people, process and digital components, lean six sigma and agile. Success will be to empower the people who deliver Megaprojects such that they are able to deliver the planned social value to all stakeholders involved.

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