Reflections on the PM Congress 2019
The Project Management Congress 2019 revolved around the theme of ‘Research Meets Practice’. A Congress is about ‘walking together’, and there was indeed a lot of walking (and not just talking) together over the two days of the PM Congress. There was a rich array of activities planned, including keynote presentations that got participants to reflect on the importance of people, knowledge, and innovating through projects, workshops on promising practices, conversations about story-telling, discussions about a future research agenda, and a packed programme of cutting-edge research presentations in the field of project management. Collaboration and engagement between researchers and practitioners form the key thrust in the deliberations during the PM Congress.
There is more still that can be (and needs to be) done. The opening keynotes pushed participants to think about ways in which we can move beyond the boundaries of academic research and industry practice, and to find new and simple ways of translating complex theoretical models into practicable outcomes, not just on how to do projects but more crucially also on how to build effective project teams. To create and sustain a thriving community of practitioners in project management, there is a need to move away from our silos and reach out across organisations and between disciplines. As the congress theme highlights, adapt to this clarion call to build critical friendships for exploring intersections between theory and practice or risk a dying profession. The PM Congress 2019 is definitely a starting point for this ongoing adaptation and transformation in the field of project management.