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Project Manager : Project Manager June July 2012
40 Project Manager krc corner aIPM answers your project management questions, backed by research and the extensive experience of industry experts and academics. By MicHael yOUNg, Krc cHair Your knowledge centre WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF the KRC Corner, an initiative of the AIPM Knowledge and Research Council (KRC). KRC Corner will be a regular feature in Project Manager magazine. It is devoted to addressing project management issues raised by AIPM members. Your questions will be answered by industry experts and academics, and be based on extensive experience and the latest research. What is the KRc? The KRC was established in 2009 by the AIPM Board to promote, support and develop Australian project management research. The KRC is made up of representatives from Australian universities and industry who see the value of research and extending the current body of knowledge in project, program and portfolio management, as well as related fields. Behind the scenes, the KRC is supporting and developing a number of initiatives, including the recent Project Management Researcher Forum held at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. The KRC has also spearheaded the Thought Leaders program over a number of years, which encourages internationally-recognised speakers to present at AIPM Chapters around Australia. KRc aspirations One of my aims as the KRC Chair is to build connections between industry and academia. I believe this is an often undervalued relationship and academia remains a largely untapped resource. Academics are expert problem solvers and are in touch with the latest project management ideas. They often undertake applied research to solve organisational problems that many in the field just don’t have time to explore. The KRC is also building closer ties with the Asia-Pacific Federation for Project Management Research Council as well as the International Project Management Association Research Management Board. This will allow the Australian industry and researchers to tap into the latest project management developments from overseas. It also creates opportunities to collaborate – drawing together the best thinkers in the world to solve the project management problems that we all see but don’t yet have a solution for. Why is research important? When you ask the average project manager what impact research has on their daily work, they probably respond with “nothing” or “not much”. However, if we take the time to consider where we would be without project management research, the answer would be: ‘in the dark ages’. Research is not just something that is performed in a lab by people in white coats. It is about understanding how people behave, what is happening in projects and organisations, and solving problems. Without research we wouldn’t have competency standards that we use for certification and training, and we wouldn’t have project management methodologies or many of the tools we use every day, such as the critical path method. ••• do you have a questIon? If you want to pose any questions or have the KRC seek responses to any particular project management issue or challenge, please email email@example.com . Alternatively, please feel free to raise any questions or issues on the AIPM LinkedIn forum.
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