Last week I looked forward at the hot project management trends for 2015. This week I want to look back.
The last 12 months have been a busy time for the UK project management scene, and that was just the bits I was able to take part in. I had 7 months off on maternity leave and it feels as if there has been a step change forward in the way that project management is regarded. Here’s my review of the year for project management in the UK in 2014.
There were some humongous projects undertaken in the UK this year.
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games came to fruition after years of planning.
Care.data, the project to create electronic patient medical records, was in the news a lot, not least because of a small clause in the documentation that seemed to imply that the NHS could share your confidential medical history with commercial organisations. I’m not still not 100% sure who will have access to this huge database.
Crossrail, Europe’s largest construction project, plodded on, delivering small wins in anticipation of the first services through central London in 2018. This is a project where delicate stakeholder management is needed, and it’s doing its part for getting girls into STEM subjects too by partnering with local schools and offering apprenticeships.
The big project management awards in the UK are awarded at the APM’s glitzy November event. The winners this year were:
Project of the Year: Dawlish Sea Wall Emergency Works to reopen the railway line that links Exeter with the rest of the South West. I remember seeing this on TV after the devastating bad weather left tracks suspended in mid-air with no ground underneath them. Excellent communication on this project too, with a webcam reporting live from the site, daily updates on the website and photos updated every 6 hours.
Programme of the Year: Wylfa Extended Generation Programme to extend the life of the only operational Magnox power station in the world.
Project Management Company of the Year: Shell Projects & Technology
Project Professional of the Year: Steve Walters from Magnox
Young Project Professional of the Year: Luke Streeter from Atkins
Social Project of the Year: Anderston Phase 3 Regeneration, which regenerated an area close to Glasgow city centre to provide community housing and a shop and involved relocating residents while this work was undertaken.
Women in Project Management
Women in project management did not go unrecognised this year either. Dr Lynn Crawford took the APM’s coveted Sir Monty Finniston award for ‘remarkable dedication to the profession’.
The Women in Project Management Special Interest Group celebrated their 21st anniversary in London in October as well. Watch my video of the event here.
In January I reported that former APM Chair Mike Nichols had passed away. Mike takes the credit for moving the APM towards Chartered status and for creating a huge learning legacy as part of the Olympic Games, ensuring that what was learnt through the Games’ project delivery was not lost to new projects. He’ll be sadly missed by the UK project management community.