Interview with Darren Dalcher PhD, HonFAPM

Honorary Professor at the University of Kent
Founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management, UK (NCPM)
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Software: Evolution and Process
Editor, Advances in Project Management

 Interviewed by Ömer Berkay Dağlı
Southampton, United Kingdom

Prof. Darren Dalcher is the founder and Director of National Centre for Project Management. He has built a reputation as leader and innovator in the area of practice-based education and reflection in project management and has worked with many major industrial, commercial and charitable organisations and government bodies. He has been named by the Association for Project Management (APM) as one of the top 10 “movers and shapers” in project management in 2008 and was voted Project Magazine’s “Academic of the Year” for his contribution in “integrating and weaving academic work with practice”. Following industrial and consultancy experience in managing IT projects, Professor Dalcher gained his PhD in Software Engineering from King’s College, University of London.  Professor Dalcher has written over 200 papers and book chapters on project management and software engineering. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Prcoess. He is the editor of the book series, Advances in Project Management, published by Routledge and of a companion series Fundamentals of Project Management. He is an Honorary Fellow of the APM, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts, A Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the British Academy of Management. He is a Chartered IT Practitioner. He is a Member of the PMI Academic Member Advisory Group and of the APM Research Advisory Group and is currently involved in editing the next edition of the APM Body of Knowledge.  Prof Dalcher is an academic editorial advisor for the PM World Journal.

Ömer Berkay Dağlı (Dağlı): Dear Prof. Dalcher, first of all, thank you for this opportunity to have an interview with you. Could you please introduce yourself to PM World Journal readers?

Prof. Darren Dalcher (Dalcher):     Thank you very much for arranging this interview. I suppose I could introduce myself as an author, teacher, researcher and editor who is passionate about projects and the wider impacts that they have on society. I have been working in this space for around 30 years sharing and co-creating knowledge with practitioners, challenging the existing boundaries and the bodies of knowledge and trying to find relevant and applicable insights in other disciplines and domains.

Dağlı:           In one of your articles, you mentioned a quote from Marry Shelly, ‘‘Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change’ As an experienced project manager do you think this pain is the ultimate challenge for organizations too? Could you briefly tell us what project management means for you related to this thought?

Dalcher:       Yes, of course. Over the years we have learned that change can engender strong feelings, resistance and protests when it is imposed on people. Words such as pain and anguish are used when people describe their responses to and feelings about change that is introduced, leading to attempts to fight, block and otherwise undermine the change initiatives. Even the choice of words would suggest a strong reaction that in turn leads to resistance. Organisations are made up of many individuals with their own agendas and that same pain, and the same attempts to block, or arrest change, operate at that level too. It was recently reported that one of leading reasons for CEOs losing their job is their inability to deliver intended change and this has primarily to do with the impact that the change has on individuals.

If I could change the terminology, ever so slightly, in answering your question about personal meaning; for me, the management of projects means an informed attempt to bring people on board, when devising new enterprises and endeavours and bringing in innovation. It is about identifying needs, getting participants involved, delivering assets and new capabilities in a fashion that will enable users to utilise them in beneficial ways. The beneficial use will then contribute to realising the value from the proposed change.

Dağlı:           I know you have a lot of tasks on your plate. However, I want to ask you about National Centre of Project Management (NCPM). Could you tell us about this centre with an explanation of general structure and function


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How to cite this interview: Dağlı, Ö. (2018); Interview with Prof Darren Dalcher; PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue 6 – June. Retrieved from https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/pmwj71-Jun2018-Dagli-Darren-Dalcher-Interview.pdf

About the Interviewer

Ömer Berkay Dağlı

Southampton Business School
Southampton, United Kingdom



Ömer Berkay Dağlı
is currently a Masters Candidate at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, based in UK for the academic year 2017-2018. Previously, he has served as an Officer on Watch for over 30 months on board chemical tankers, based in different routes around the world where he served as Third and Second Officer. He completed his graduation in Marine Transportation Management dual diploma with honours from both Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and State University of New York Maritime College, USA in 2014. His major fields of study are project management, logistics and inter-modal transportation. His research interests include global project management, leadership, uncertainty management, programme and portfolio management, strategic PM, PM governance, stakeholders, project control and PM in the transportation and logistics industries.  Omer served as a research intern for the PM World Library during January 2018, completing the program in record time.  He can be contacted at [email protected]