By Miles Shepherd
Executive Advisor & International Correspondent
Salisbury, England, UK
The summer is a traditionally poor month for news and project management news is no exception. It is no that project has stopped, after all there are many running – not least the Paralympics. But the news is about the delivery of the output rather than the process that got there in the first place. So this month, I propose to look at some other aspects of the project process and will take a brief look at leadership, supply chain management and people.
The cricketing world, at that part of it in UK, was shocked last month to read that the charismatic captain of the England team had resigned. Andrew Strauss had played 100 times for England including 50 times as Captain. He cited poor form and what he called ‘waning powers as a batsman’ as the drivers for his resignation. You might wonder what this has to do with Project Management. Despite his successes – he transformed English cricket in attitude, fielding and team cohesion, hence taking them to the top of the World Rankings – he has departed and here is a lesson for project managers.
Strauss has been widely praised by a Press Corps all too prone to denigrate and criticise any perceived shortcoming. The cause for this unusual praise stems not from his undoubted achievements as a batsman or as an articulate spokesman for his sport but from the respect generated by his leadership and here lie some lessons for the Project Manager.
About the Author
Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and International Correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses. Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia. His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU. Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is currently the Chair of the ISO committees that are developing new ISO 21500 Guidelines for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management. He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance. Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.