Shard and Water Cube embraced creativity [Video]
Posted by APM on 19th Aug 2013
Project managers should “embrace chaos” to allow project team members the freedom to be creative just at the right time.
Arup’s Rob Leslie-Carter, whose track record includes Beijing’s National Aquatics Centre affectionately known as the Water Cube, urged the audience at the APM Project Management Conference in June to be open-minded and think of ways to enable creativity on their projects.
“Creativity in people is not the sign of an untidy mind,” said Rob. “Project managers don’t always need to edit creativity.”
The need to be imaginative was echoed by Turner & Townsend’s Robert Deatker who project managed the creation of London’s most iconic building; the Shard.
Highlighting the theme of the conference Robert focused on the need for project managers to adapt. This is vital as a project may not be delivered in the same way it was planned. He said: “As the project evolves, you need to have a team that evolves with it.
“This allows the team to be creative and innovative and use ideas for the best of the project.”
Robert feels the most important issue in project management is having people with the right skills and qualities who can deliver on the big projects.
Robert concluded by saying: “Today’s skills set needs to include technical competence, a willingness to take on new technology, while bringing enthusiasm and innovation to a project.”
A full round up on the 2013 APM Conference featured in July’s issue of Project magazine.