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“Is Project Management a profession, or is it just something that we do?”

Discussion/ Free Debate


Synopsis of Discussion/ Free Debate:

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
― John Kenneth Galbraith

…the discipline of economics has yet to get over its childish passion for mathematics and for purely theoretical and often highly ideological speculation, at the expense of historical research and collaboration with the other social sciences.
― Thomas Piketty

Too large a proportion of recent “mathematical” economics are mere concoctions, as imprecise as the initial assumptions they rest on, which allow the author to lose sight of the complexities and interdependencies of the real world in a maze of pretentious and unhelpful symbols.
― John Maynard Keynes

Any man who is only an economist is unlikely to be a good one.
― F. A. Hayek

This is what some of the “greatest” economists have said about their profession.  So, maybe we should ask: is “project manager” an oxymoron or a sine qua non?

Are we wasting our time and money striving to be and remaining certified as PMP’s (and other certifications?) Or is the value simply, in the words of another economist “The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.” Joan Robinson. (Maybe it is our employers who should be doing PMP courses!)

Join us for what hopefully can be a relatively light-hearted debate on a very serious subject (to us, at least). Shockingly (to some of us at least) this is major debate which seems to not want to die down. It was a key subject at the PMI Global Conference in 2006, and here we are, once again, having come full circle.

Each attendee at the public meeting will be allowed to give his or her view on the subject, as time allows, so, think about it and come prepared.

And, if someone would like to display their proficiency in one of the key skills of this (non-?)profession, why not volunteer to be the facilitator?

RSVP: gpevent@pmi.org.za (Please provide car details before 15/06/2017 10am, in order to obtain access to the building.)

1 PDU can be claimed for attending this event.

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