BBQ and 'A New Dawn, the rise of Professionalism'.
Posted by APM on 11th Oct 2010
The start of this event, on 7th September, was preceded by a souvenir presentation of an inscribed gavel to mark Russel Jamieson's four years as Chair of the Wessex Branch.
Andrew Bragg, APM CEO, was introduced by our new branch chair, Joe McNeil, and outlined APM's current activities and future plans on the road towards Chartered status. The beginning of the talk focused on how major government spend on projects is significant compared to the private sector, but many projects can be run by anyone calling themselves a project manager and without a single unifying qualification. The maturity of the profession can be considered much greater now it has an organised body striving to bring chartered status and therefore define benefits to the public, all this is now far removed from the original 'Gentleman's Club' that the APM was once perceived as.
The five dimensions of project management were used to demonstrate accountability, achievement, breadth, commitment and depth for project managers. There were some very impressive stats showing how much the various branches around the country can give for members in terms of events, talks, workshops, seminars and dinners.