Building Your Next Project Management Skills: Leading Strategic Innovation & Having Fun

Projects today are more complex, highly uncertain, and changing faster than ever; they are also greatly impacted by the business dynamics, and “one size does not fit all.” These changes require a new approach. The next generation of project management will transform project managers into leaders of innovation who learn how to deal with the strategic and business aspects of their projects, actually improve time and budget performance, and build a vision to inspire their teams while having fun.

We present Strategic Project Leadership® (SPL), which was built on the foundations of traditional project management during twenty years of research and work with corporations. SPL helps organizations deal with their projects in a flexible and adaptive way, and focus their projects on business results by creating value, competitive advantage, and winning in the marketplace. This integrated, industry-proven, and PMI award-winning approach combines the business-related needs of projects, the operational aspects of getting the job done on time and budget, and the leadership perspective of inspiring and motivating the team. It also deals with adapting each project to its specific level of innovation by using “The Diamond of Innovation,” for improving timely delivery. We use lessons from several famous projects to show how project teams can integrate Strategic Project Leadership® into their current practices by building new skills on top of their traditional project management skills.

Dr. Aaron Shenhar, PMP, PMI Fellow

Professor of Project Management and Technological Leadership.

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About the speaker
Dr. Aaron Shenhar is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in project management, innovation, and leadership. He recently received the IPMA Research Achievement Award and the PMI Fellow Award. He was also the first recipient of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Research Achievement Award, as well as Engineering Manager of the Year of IEEE. He holds five academic degrees in engineering and management, including a PhD from Stanford University.

After a career as executive in the aerospace industry, Dr. Shenhar served as tenured professor, founding new academic programs in project management in four universities. He is one of the most published and cited authors in the field, and his work has influenced project and technology management research and education throughout the world. He also served as consultant to major corporations such as 3M, NASA, Honeywell, Dow Jones & Co., U.S. Army, and Tata Group. His recent book, Reinventing Project Management, is the first project management book published by Harvard Business School Press.