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60 Seconds with: Lord Andrew Mawson

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What were the key messages from your presentation at the conference?
The problem of the financial situation of this country is actually an opportunity for us to think differently about project management.

What is the future of the profession?
We need very skilled project managers who are capable of thinking outside of the box. The three key words in the Health and Social Care Bill were integration, innovation and enterprise it is one thing to say this in legislation, it is another thing to make it happen. So in the health service, for instance, we need project managers and business people who know how to turn those words into practice. That is the challenge for the project management profession.

APM's 2020 strategy and manifesto aims for 'a world in which all projects succeed'. How can we achieve this?
I am not sure if I believe in a world where everything succeeds. There is nothing wrong with something failing, the answer is learning from the things that dont work, dealing with the problem today and turning it into an opportunity for tomorrow. That is the culture of success that project managers need to become involved with.


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