Disrupt or be Disrupted?

According to Agent of Change: The Future of Technology Disruption in Business, a white paper produced by Economic Intelligence Unit and based on a global survey of 567 executives, few industries will remain unchanged by technology disruption.

Project management has become a robust discipline with many competent practitioners. But despite the professionalism of project managers and the best efforts of project team members, many projects still fail. Even when managers deliver projects on time and on budget, they may still not meet the needs of their customers. So much about projects is uncertain, a problem compounded by today’s need for more adaptability than traditional models allow[1].

In “Disruption in Project Management”, Raj Kaushik states that in the wake of technology disruption and crowd funding, the role of project managers will have to change. By 2025, we will see more or less flat organizations, with hardly any one working as a traditional manager with the main responsibilities of scoping, scheduling, resource handling, and reporting. The project manager needs to take on the role of a project entrepreneur, where one needs to change hats frequently.

So if all kinds of disruptions in every possible branch are to be expected, we might be running late already in preparing ourselves. What will project management look like in the era of disruption? What practices will then be embraced as ‘good’, ‘better’ or even ‘best’? One of your current practices? Lessons you learnt and worthy to spread among the community of project managers?

After the successful PMI Netherlands Summit 2015, the PMI Netherlands Chapter in co-creation with CKC Seminars are preparing for the fifth edition on September 15th 2016 in Conference Center  Spant in Bussum, the Netherlands. Central theme of the 2016 edition is:


In this Summit we will elaborate on the interrelation between Disruption and Project Management. What is the key role of project management, what are the capabilities we need to develop? The lesson according to Josh Linkner, author of "The Road to Reinvention." is simple "disrupt or be disrupted." This Summit is a call for action and will look at disruption from several viewpoints.

Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the first keynote speakers:


Brian A. Weiss, Vice President, Practitioner Markets, PMI
Thomas SwaakSenior Director, Philips Innovation Services, Industry Consulting

Prof. Christopf H. LochDirector, Cambridge Judge Business School

More announcements to be expected soon.

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[1] Reinventing Project Management. The Diamond Approach to Successful Growth and Innovation, Aaron J. Shenhar and Dov Dvir, 2009