Many company efforts in the last two decades have focused on extensive cost-cutting programs such as Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. But there is a limit to how much you can improve. The real source for growth are new initiatives, such as innovation, and change, which actually require projects. However, most projects today still fail to meet their expectations, and most project problems are not technical but managerial.
Ironically, project management and execution are often not on the agenda of executives, who are typically focused on markets and strategy. This situation presents a tremendous opportunity for executives to improve their business performance.
In this presentation we focus on innovation and project management as an untapped opportunity for companies for more growth. We present the Strategic Project Leadership® and the “Diamond of Innovation” frameworks for “pushing” strategic thinking down to the execution level. This approach is empowering project teams to be accountable for a project’s business outcome, (not just it’s product delivery) and continuously find more ways for winning in the marketplace. We demonstrate how this approach can make project management a powerful competitive process for any company and how it actually achieves outstanding business results.
Dr. Aaron Shenhar, PMP, PMI Fellow
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.