We are so proud that PMI Denmark´s large full-day conference 'Passion of the Profession 2019 - Disruption in Project Management' will launch on 4th of April 2019! It is the first time in many years - possibly ever - that PMI Denmark arrange something this big. A full-day conference with 8 international level speakers and 100 participants... and the conference is almost sold out! A big 'thank you' to our partners and conference sponsors Microsoft & Strategy Execution as well as all the volunteers in PMI Denmark who make this possible. If you are interested in joining, then there are still approximately 10 seats available, so now is possibly the final chance to sign up.
The theme 'Disruption in Project Management' is the theme of the full-day conference, but it is also the theme for this newsletter, which is why you will be able to read several articles on this topic, e.g. webinar reviews, speaker interviews and much more. Another thing you can read about is that in March 2019 PMI Denmark held its annual General Assembly where the results for 2018 was presented and elections to the board were held. Looking at the 2018 results then we can say that the association continues to be growing in number of members, volunteers and activities, and with the election of the new board then the ambitions for 2019 is no less.
You can read more about disruption in project management, the April 4th conference, and the general assembly inside this newsletter, and last but not least, do not forget that good things happen when you join PMI!
See you all soon!
The PMI Denmark Board
Q1_2019 Passion of the profession: Interview with Alexander Pinker
Another speaker from the coming Passion of the Profession conference, Alexander Pinker, also answered questions put to him by PMI Denmark Chapter. He was asked about project management in the future, trends in disruption and passion of the profession.
Pinker himself is an innovation consultant, digitalization expert and new media specialist.
PMI Denmark Chapter:What is your biggest passion of the profession?
Alexander Pinker: You just have to praise the project managers. Their ability to combine the different departments, service providers and customer requirements and efficiently move towards an objective is a great challenge and effort. The ability to work in a team, to be spontaneous and creative is required and these are not only good qualities for project managers, but also for innovators and digital leaders!
Q1_2019 Passion of the profession: Interview with Wagner Maxsen
Preparing for the exciting Passion of the Profession conference, PMI Denmark Chapter has asked one of conference speakers, Wagner Maxsen, to answer few questions about disruption in project management, passion and artificial intelligence.
Maxsen is as a former member of PMI's International Board of Directors, current member of PMI's International Strategy oversight committee and principal advisor for UNOPS. In addition to it he is a project, programme, portfolio management and corporate strategy specialist withover 25 years of experience.
PMI Denmark Chapter: What is your biggest passion of the profession?
Wagner Maxsen: Since the beginning of my career, I have always been fascinated by the very dynamic nature of projects and how they make sense when you understand your organization’s purpose. They exist to realize change in people’s lives. Change needed for solving problems, for taking on opportunities. Change for a better world. Project management is about being constantly faced by challenges, having to work with people to come up with ways to make things happen, to solve problems for others. It is a profession that does not know the word boredom, and which requires us to be always open to learn. I simply love what I do.
Q1_2019 Article: Project Manager response to unexpected events
PMI-DK, in this newsletter, brings to you a a paper titled "The Titanic Sank, So What?: Project Manager Response to Unexpected Events". The paper written by Joana Geraldi among others is published in the International Journal of Project Management.
We all agree that it is hard to predict the future, yet we think our project risk management processes would be enough to deal with all the uncertainty of the project.
The paper (link below) argues that regardless of how diligent you are in your risk management processes, projects will invariably face unexpected events, from small changes in scope to unforeseen client’s bankruptcy. How should we deal with such events? We asked 22 experienced project managers to compare unexpected events they think they responded well to, with those they think didn’t work as well.
Although there was no one best answer, and no silver bullets, our study found three things to keep in mind: (1) responsive and functioning structure, at the organisational level, (2) good interpersonal relationship at the group level and (3) competent people at the individual level.
We hope these considerations can help you “create their own luck”.
Q1_2019 Sponsor´s Article: Strategy Execution´s Top 10 Trends for 2019
Challenging project leaders to lead confidently in uncertain times
Article provided by sponsor Strategy X
With the start of every new year, weWith the start of every new year, weagain recognise that our businessenvironment has expanded acrossgeographic and organisationalboundaries, and the project workthat we engage in has only grown incomplexity. As technology and themethods by which work gets donecontinue to evolve at an ever-increasingpace, our strategic projects facegreater challenges while involving morestakeholders than ever before. Theimplications are vast: today’s projectleaders need to make faster decisionsand think of new solutions to emergingproblems.They also must be able to see obstaclesand opportunities through a new lens.This requires an adaptive mindset andskill set – capabilities that go beyondjust the technical, tactical realm – to empower people to lead confidently in uncertain times.
This year’s trends, developed by ourteam of learning, product, and projectleadership experts, highlight reasonswhy adaptive skill sets are increasinglyin demand, and why project leadersat all levels of organisations across different industries should work to develop these holistic capabilities.
Q1_2019 Webinar List - Disruption in Project Management
As a member of PMI, you have free access to webinars at the ProjectManagement.com PMI website. In this newsletter, we provide you with a list of 2 select webinars on "Disruption in Project Management" & the PDUs category associated with them.
Listening to these webinars enables you to claim upto a maximum of 2 PDUs.
General Assembly 2019 – A look back to 2018 and exciting plans ahead
On March 5th 2019, around 30 Chapter Members gathered at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge in Copenhagen for the yearly General Assembly. It is always an event most of us look forward to reviewing the achievements over the past 12 months and set the targets for the current year.
In addition, although this year the focus was primarily on the "Passion of the Profession" conference in the assembly, the chapter acheivements of the past year was recognised and emphasis laid on the exciting plans for the coming year. Among others, several new board positions were up for election which ought to help the organization with the energy needed to achieve the ambitious plans for the coming years.
Q1_2019 PMI-Young Professionals event at Microsoft
The Modern Shift from Agile to DevOps
Written by Miglena Zlatanova
In the afternoon on February, Thursday 21st we organized our first formal event of 2019. This event was not only the first of 2019 but also the one with most attendees since we began co-organizing events with companies. The theme for this event was “The Modern Shift from Agile to DevOps” and was co-hosted with Microsoft. The event covered the progression from team-based agile project management towards increased transparency and connecting of departments in what is being known as DevOps, i.e., closer combining Development and Operations, to deliver faster value to customers
Survey: Project Work and Its Implications for the Individual Project Workers
PMI Denmark supports academic work and therefore we forward this invitation to participate in a survey on project work and its implications for the individual workers carried out at the University of Agder in Norway.
This is a research project on the consequences of project-based working on the individual project workers’ productivity and well-being.
The nature of project work has become more fluid, flexible and reactive, and for some project participants certainly more interesting. However, project work also can be challenging due to work overload, uncertainty and pressure. Such challenges may have negative effects on individuals involved in projects.
The survey is carried out by a research team of the School of Business and Law of the University of Agder, Kristiansand (Norway). The study seeks to systematically analyze both the positive and negative implications of project work for project staff. The results of the study can be used to improve project work practices in companies by reducing potentially unsustainable project-work situations and by supporting a productive project environment.
We ask for 10 minutes of your time to fill out the web-questionnaire by clicking on the following link: