With the launch of the APM Registered Project Professional standard the conference, kindly sponsored by 2020 Business Insight,looked at just how transferable project management knowledge and techniques are across industry sectors. Italso looked at whether there is a need for project managers to be technical experts as well as good managers to work in a specific industry sector. The APM stands for professionalism and transferability of that professional standard, however in practice it is noted that many people involved in project management often come from technical rather than management backgrounds. They may be engineers, IT analysts, software developers, surveyors etc. first, before they are project managers.
Project managers need to understand how to develop in order to progress in the career area of project management if indeed such a generic career exists outside of particular technical specialities.
The first part of the conference saw presentations from Alex Pumfrey of Digital UK, Doug Littlejohn of 2020 Business Insight and Doug Wilson of Mott MacDonald.
The second part of the conference consisted of a series of workshops on;
Establishing robust project governance
Managing value through the delivery phase
Project management assurance
All presentations and workshop outputs can be downloaded below.