The 21st century project challenge: leading with data

As we move through the 21st century, data and the insights it gives us will change how we see the world. However, it's chaotic. It is particularly frustrating for project managers tasked with delivering projects on time, to cost and scope. As we stand at the edge of the proverbial data lake, we ask ourselves: how can we swim across?

We implore our organisations to play their part and set the stage for successful delivery. However, this can feel like an uphill battle. Traditional ways of thinking and behaving hinder our attempts at digital transformation.

I believe that a significant responsibility falls on the project delivery profession. We must take the very best of what we know, of how to comprehend scope and uncertainty, how to gauge and price work, and how we deliver the work, manage stakeholders and control change – and we must lift our game in all these respects, using data. I call it data-driven project management.The 21st century project challenge: leading with data


Posted by James Lea on 9th Mar 2020

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I am passionate about a new approach to projects, programmes and portfolios: placing data at the heart of project design. 
This will enable us to apply AI techniques to give rise to a new generation of project that truly learns from the past and delivers with greater predictability, reducing project write-downs and delivering value for money.

I deliver projects and programmes with a high integrity and ultra-low defect approach. With 19 years' experience across high-tech complex engineering projects and programmes, I bring together key stakeholders
to ensure successful low-risk delivery. I use my energy, passion and inspirational leadership techniques to build, lead and govern high performance delivery-oriented teams.

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