Message from APM president David Waboso CBE

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Posted by APM on 3rd Feb 2016

David WabosoDear colleagues,

It’s a real honour for me to be your president and I’d like to thank Steve Wake and the leadership team for asking me.

I’d also acknowledge the contributions of my predecessor, Tom Taylor, and of course the late great Mike Nichols who did so much for our profession, both as practitioner and latterly APM chairman.

I thought it would be timely to set out some of the themes that I think we should focus on in the coming year, related to how we, as a profession, work with others in assured project delivery.

That means for any given project investment, it is as close as possible 100% certain that the outputs will be safely delivered – no question.

We are all very busy people but I’d like to engage with you from time to time on these and other themes through messages like this and through digital media such as Twitter and blogging.

  1. The traditional time/cost/quality paradigm needs expanding to reflect that projects are increasingly delivered in complex operational environments, the challenge of collaboration on ever-more complex projects across national and organisational boundaries.
    Financial performance is now also more than just delivering to budget: for example our funders increasingly require confidence that our budgets demonstrate value for money.
    And accurate forecasting of yearly costs is important, given the huge amounts of annual spend that are ear-marked for projects.
    Going even further, setting the final “not to exceed” cost of projects, already in existence in some industries, should become a core part of requirements setting and should influence design, build and operate approaches.
  2. Collaboration is vital, whatever the scale – whether we work in the interdependent and multidisciplinary projects environment (where success relies on many different parties cooperating on ever-more complex projects across national and organisational boundaries) or we work in small or medium-sized enterprises, where project delivery can be crucial.
    Also, as we drive forward our APM agenda, we will work with sister organisations to deliver integrated solutions and present joined-up messages to key stakeholders.
  3. Digital technology is changing how we execute projects and communicate with each other in a pretty fundamental way.
    This includes the everyday smartphone apps we all use and extends to areas such as BIM, robotics and automation, which are all forecast to revolutionise our personal and working lives even further.
  4. Underpinning everything is our people. It makes perfect business sense for organisations delivering projects to have the best capability, which should be drawn from the widest possible range of talent and nurtured through our APM training and development. 

Please follow me on the new Twitter account, @apm_president, and look out for my blogs on the APM website.

Many thanks and please accept my best wishes for a safe and successful 2016.

David Waboso CBE
APM president

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