The academic landscape has experienced an accelerated transformation this past year, not only as a result of the pandemic and other natural disasters but also to reflect the current and future needs and expectations of students and the industry. As academia is shifting to meet those needs and ensure course contents are engaging and inclusive, significant changes were made to curriculum design structure, content, tools, and metrics for quality assurance. These radical changes include technological, operational, and cybersecurity risks that must be assessed and measured to include the right set of controls and tools to control and manage them. This paper explored the risks identified by faculty and students as they worked in a remote environment and may be returning to school, either in a hybrid or physical classroom, and how these experiences can contribute to improving the quality of learning, content management, and instructional delivery, in a safe and controlled environment. The study also inquired about issues encountered related to technology and cyber-risks, from connectivity issues to practices deployed to secure communications, content, and data managed through cloud solutions and remote repositories of programs and data.
PMI Talent Triangle: Ways of Working
In today’s VUCA world with the ever-increasing complexity and need for agility and flexibility, project professionals are increasingly facing challenges to deliver projects on their targets. This is mainly caused by today’s growing business dynamics and frequently changing messages, and consequently also by a rising number of unforeseen disruptive events that have the potential to derail projects.
Today’s methods of responding to such unexpected events are outdated and have become ineffective with today’s types of risk and uncertainty. In fact, projects are generally insufficiently protected and are struggling to bounce back from disruption and turbulence. The result is often a survival mode with a lack of valuable project outcomes while project failures are consistently increasing, costing organizations billions of wasted dollars every single year, only to proceed to the next project without progressing or learning.
But instead of defending against the unknown and applying a strategy of hope, fear, or ignorance, the key to effective project resilience and agility is to turn uncertainty into an asset and an opportunity for project management as a discipline to grow and thrive in the long term. Projects need to become more robust and resilient to bounce back from unexpected events while evolving towards a truly value-driven project management practice.
In this presentation, Marcus Glowasz will outline the necessary skills of openness, adaptability, innovation, agility, and a mindset of growth along with uncertainty, to turn threats into opportunities and re-establish project delivery confidence and performance.
- The importance and urgency to adopt innovative and disruptive thinking in today’s VUCA reality
- How project professionals can drive project management evolution and success through analytical thinking, data literacy, and an innovative mindset
- How to assess and identify gaps in current project management practices, and apply steps towards improved project delivery confidence and performance
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (Business Acumen)