The Calm Before the Storm


By Steve Wake

United Kingdom


The announcement of the General Election in the UK for June 8 came like a bolt out of the blue.

So now we have to see what happens with:

  • Our Government
  • The Brexit Negotiation
  • The French election
  • Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
  • Gibraltar
  • International terrorism
  • Climate Change
  • The money markets
  • US foreign policy
  • Russia
  • China
  • Korea
  • Pink Floyd

If you do risk management then some or all of the above will be factors which will affect our daily lives. What we will be waking up to for the foreseeable future.

The world we live in looks like it’s going to change and it could affect our prosperity by which I mean. Your job, your kids future. Where and how you live.

Now the good news is. Is hasn’t happened yet. Although we don’t quite know what yet.

The bad news is that most of the institutions and sources of guidance which inform our opinions and choices don’t know either.

The degree of uncertainty is unparalleled.

However, the sun will continue to rise and those of us with jobs will continue at least for a while.

It is safe to say that there will be projects. There always are. This profession is a good one to be in. Rain or shine.

So whilst we’re waiting, now is a good time to reflect and rehearse what’s coming and what we can do about it.

The PC manifesto (Project Controls) that is.

The Project Profession has to get and maintain its voice.

We the profession kid ourselves if we think that the first person the Prime Minister or members of the Government or those Civil Servants in Whitehall think of is us.


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About the Author

Steve Wake

United Kingdom


Steve Wake
has worked in the print, automotive, aerospace, defence, insurance and IT industries as a project manager and consultant. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on Earned Value Project Management and has written and presented many times. He was chairman of the Board of the Association for Project Management in the UK steering it to Chartered status whilst pursuing a campaign of Listening, Learning and Leading as a way of being as well as doing Diversity properly.

Steve has also had to become an accomplished event organiser and chair with his own EVA conference in its 22nd year as well as continued close involvement in the high profile PMI UK Synergy events, both productions with a reputation for the unusual and innovative. His long passion for all kinds of music is almost matched by his continued appreciation of silence.

Steve Wake can be contacted at [email protected]