Why it’s time for the adaptive professional

Sep 15, 2020

Projecting the Future

Project professionals are faced with a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world – as if anyone needed reminding of that in 2020. The conditions in which we work sometimes seem almost designed to make project management difficult, or at least more challenging. But that is precisely why project management is so important today, contributing an estimated £156.6 billion of gross value added to the UK economy, according to APM/PwC Golden Thread research– and why it will have such a pivotal role in creating the future for our organisations, and for society as a whole.

Our profession will be centre stage as we look to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic and adapt to the challenges and opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution, climate change and increasing human longevity.

That is why I am proud to be launching the plenary report of Projecting the Future, the ‘big conversation’ initiative led by APM over the course of 2019-20. After a year’s worth of thematic discussion papers and fascinating conversations with colleagues across APM’s membership, and a dialogue with many organisations and experts beyond our ranks, we set out eight big ideas that are key to the profession’s evolution over the next 5-10 years.

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Posted by Tim Banfield on 15th Sep 2020

About the Author

Tim Banfield is chair of APM’s Projecting the Future Group and a director with the Nichols Group. He was previously a director of the Major Projects Authority, and was a director of the National Audit Office.


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