A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPTER LEADER DR LYNN A. KEEYS
Dear PMI Members
In the film Star Trek: Insurrection, Data the android, says to a little boy, “my operations depend on specifications that do not change.”
While Data’s success as an android depended on his specs never changing, I am not sure we can say that for projects. Now more than ever Bob Dylan’s words ring true: The times, they are a-changing! Not only is the world changing, it is changing at exponential rates, even as I write this message. We live in an environment where the market and the context of projects is often characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
Change and the 4th Industrial Revolution
The rapid technological change and accelerated pace of innovation in this era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which impacts every aspect of life, is causing disruption across industries and markets. World Economic Forum founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab states in his 2015 article that the 4th industrial revolution has brought about greater and rapidly shifting customer expectations, greater demand for enhanced value in products and services, the need to collaborate in innovation, and organisational culture, talent and structures that support this.
So what does this mean for your projects and for project management in general? Projects are drivers of organisational change and means for creating value – not only for business but society at large. Questions that arise from this state of affairs are numerous: What does it take to get a project right, the first time? Should we even get it right, the first time? How do we define ‘right’ and who decides what’s ‘right’?
Getting it Right
The way we think about projects and project management is changing rapidly. Getting it right has historically evolved around getting scope, schedule and budget right at the start and minimising change. The focus was based on a predictable linear approach to the project life cycle, or the waterfall approach. Emphasis was on the internal organisational environment of the primary project stakeholders and less on the external operating environment or context of the project and broader stakeholders.
PMI’s Pulse of the Profession study found that project management approaches, through necessity, are becoming more adaptive, with 41% of the respondents using agile or hybrid approaches. The latest edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK 6th edition) has called for tailoring projects that operate in environments requiring adaptive, agile and iterative approaches, and as such has integrated agile methodologies in the latest edition.
However, this is just the beginning of the discussion. Being only agile is not sufficient. Who defines what is ‘right’ is equally important, as well as the techniques used and the participants involved in the process.
Join us at the PM Summit 2017
For answers to these questions and an opportunity to debate and engage with industry experts, don’t miss PMI South Africa’s PM Summit on 9 November 2017, at the Accolades Convention Centre in Midrand. Learn about managing projects in an ever-changing age of dynamism, exponential change and disruption. Join us for a day of delving into with new ways of thinking and project management approaches, with strategic emphasis on value creation for individual organisation and society. Sessions will be lively and provocative, dealing with all areas of project management such as stakeholder engagement, governance, leadership, benefits realisation, sustainability for individual business and society at large, new approaches to PM such as design thinking, and the importance of on-time business analytics.
What are your thoughts about getting it right? We’d like to hear from you. Start the discussion early! Post your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
See you at the PM Summit!
Dr Lynn A. Keeys
PMI South Africa Chapter
ARE YOU GETTING IT RIGHT?
We’re trained from the getgo to get it right, the first time. But what does it take to get a project right, the first time? And how do we define ‘right’?
Getting projects right goes beyond achieving the triple constraint targets of scope, schedule and budget and the usual technical approaches to project management. For answers to these questions and an opportunity to debate and engage with industry experts, don’t miss PMI South Africa’s PM Summit on 9 November 2017.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Ticket prices are as follows:
|Early Bird (until 14/10/17)||Member||Non-Member||Student|
|Conference||R 950||R1 200||R350|
|Conference& Dinner||R1 150||R1 450||R450|
|Conference||R1 200||R1 400||R450|
|Conference& Dinner||R1 450||R1 650||R600|
Out and About with Dr Lynn Keeys: Eskom IT Group Imbizo
As part of PMI South Africa Chapter’s commitment to engage with stakeholders across different sectors, we make use of every opportunity afforded us to expand this community of best practice for project management professionals. PMI SA Chapter’s president, Dr Lynn Keeys, had such an opportunity earlier this week when she was invited by state-owned power utility Eskom IT Group Director, Neerasen Moodley, to speak about PMI and our local Chapter at the recent Eskom IT Group Imbizo held in Gauteng.
Developing Professional PM Skills
Dr Keeys deliberated about the importance of developing professional project management skills through continuous learning and professional development. This not only in technical areas of project management, but also in strategic business skills and leadership acumen. PMI membership helps professional development by building local communities of project managers from varying sector that are united through a common framework of professionalism. Dr Keeys highlighted how project personnel who understand the strategic and business context of their efforts and who keep an eye on benefits realization from concept to delivery, are the workplace champions. They are the workers that bring success and add value to their organisations.
Getting it Right, the First Time?
Dr Keeys also introduced the theme of the upcoming Project Management Summit on 9 November: “Getting it Right, the First Time? The Summit theme elicited nods of agreement from audience members, as Dr Keeys expounded on the growing need to view projects differently and with a renewed perspective leaning towards adaptation and agility. This increasing need for organisational agility due to the prevailing Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment. The PM Summit will provide the platform for expert discussion and workshops on how to get projects right beyond scope, schedule and budget.
Thank You Eskom
Dr Lynn Keeys expressly thanked Eskom and Neerasen Moodley for providing the platform for discussion. ESKOM employees could project management challenges and learn about new trends and opportunities for professional development.
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