HS2 chairman - "Realise the true challenge" [Video]
Posted by APM on 4th Jul 2013
High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) chairman Douglas Oakervee CBE believes the most important issue for a project manager today is to ‘realise the true challenge’.
Speaking at last month’s APM Project Management Conference Doug feels the controversial High Speed rail project will engage such a wide range of disciplines, not just project management, that all will learn from it.
Doug said: “The true challenge is not about one specific discipline, it’s multi-disciplinary. One has to regard these projects as a system and not as either a building or an MEP contract.
“Projects are one system and you’ve got to begin to understand that and work within an integrated team”.
It was this sense of collaboration that was echoed by a fellow senior transport figure. Bechtel principle vice president Bill Henry, who delivered a breakthrough rail project at Reading station, asked delegates at London’s Kings Place: “The question is do we collaborate far and wide enough for our projects?
“We need to encourage openness and trust and in order to do that, we have to cast the net wide even to consumers and media. Be as transparent and as collaborative as you can and you will be amazed at the results.”
A full round up on the 2013 APM Conference will feature in July’s issue of Project magazine.