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16 May 2018 - 17 May 2018

EVA 23: Anticipation

This year EVA will focus strongly on those things that enable us to be ready! Things that prepare us for anything that lies ahead.

More than ever a redefinition, a re-setting of what project management actually is for, what you use, how you do it and above all, how you communicate with it, is urgently required.

The emergence and impact of practice that seeks a more reactive holistic approach is now unquestionable.

Not just a fad, not an easy way out but a real call to attention. Conventional project management continues to deliver what was specified. Not what was needed.

And so is seen to fail. To be inadequate. To not give us what we want.

It’s time to say that the Iron Triangle of Project Management (cost, time, scope), like its namesake in any orchestra, is only a minor part of what is required.

And we are in the business of project symphonies. Large co-ordinated works which make a big noise and delight audiences around the world. So much more than a triangle.

The symptoms are these: Agile; Portfolio; Benefits; Complex; Value; Evidence based research.

They are all attempts to go beyond the Iron Triangle. And they each have their tribes. Their supporters and enemies.

And they all lend themselves to a strongly emerging area of management and social science called Anticipation.

If the project community is to survive then it must enter this space too. Projects must gain a better understanding of how to use anticipatory practices if they are to continue to be the chosen way we deliver value to organisations and society

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