Having the backing of the most powerful and influential brand in leadership and management is a vital step in recognizing that the project management profession should be high on the agenda of senior executives around the world.
In fact, in my talks with the HBR team, I was teasing them telling them that it is the first time in HBR history that they have “project management” on their front cover 😉
About agile, strategy and innovation
I also told them that despite all the buzz about agile, strategy, innovation, etc, a fraction of employees work in agile teams or need to innovate, yet, everyone, from senior leaders to managers to junior employees, is dealing and struggling with projects.
As Adi Ignatius says in his editorial “Projects are your Future“, yet few organizations and senior leaders master have the competencies to do it. Roger Martin once told me that most HQ senior leaders’ jobs are an amalgam of projects. As I shared inmy latest newsletter, the hype of agile methods and ignorance of project management has led to tribalism and has not increased project success.
Over the past fifteen years, one of my most important objectives (and probably the craziest one) was to see the words “project management” on the front cover of HBR.
This is the result of the amazing work that all of you, PMI, thousand of volunteers, and millions of projects managers have been doing over the past decades. It is great to have now that recognition, hopefully, we can benefit from it and push further!
I am convinced that if we bring project management experts to the table where big decisions are taken, like COP26 or Davos, we will be more successful in addressing the big themes impacting our world. This will be the next big challenge.
A few brief updates
Here is a link to my interview for HBR IdeaCast “The Future of Work is Projects“ with Alison Beard, interestingly, towards the end of the interview she admits that the topic is much more exciting/interesting than what she envisioned a project management expert would be 😉