Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession, has embarked on a “Big Conversation”, encouraging project professionals to consider the future of the project profession and the challenges it is likely to face.
Launched in 2019, the APM has embarked on a conversational journey, encouraging the profession to look at 6 identified challenges and to ask itself 6 key questions. All with a view as to how the profession can thrive and how we might shape the future as a profession.
ProjExc are supporting the Big Conversation as an APM Corporate Partner. In addition our lead consultant John Williams, as a volunteer in the APM Midlands branch, is working hard to bring as many project professionals as possible into the conversation.
APM have a section on their website APM: Projecting the Future, dedicated to the Big Conversation.
There are also 2 super videos on YouTube:
- A brief introduction, and
- A fuller briefing which was originally presented by the projecting the future chair, Tim Banfield, as a webinar.
In addition there are a whole host of other resources and a growing set of challenge papers on the website.
The 6 Identified Challenges
- The 4th industrial revolution: data, automation & AI (up to 800 million jobs globally could be automated by 2030).
- Climate change, clean growth & sustainability (the UK is committed to cutting CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050).
- Demographics & ageing: the 100-year life (10 million people alive in the UK today can expect to live to 100).
- The future of mobility & transport (The UK market for autonomous vehicles could be worth £52bn by 2035).
- Future workplace, future skills (in the future 4 out of 5 UK businesses will need more high-level skills).
- Urbanisation, connectivity & building smart cities (global spending on smart cities could reach $135bn by 2021).
APM see 6 important questions, around:
- the role of the project profession
- what project management might look like in the future
- skills and mindsets
- driving the necessary change
- the future role of the APM, and
- who else can help shape the change.
Some more questions for you:
- How can you (and your employer) prepare for the future?
- What are you doing already?
- What can you contribute to the Big Conversation?