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Project Manager : Project Manager Apr May 2014
4 Project Manager AS PROJECT MANAGERS, WE are all involved in some way with workplace diversity. Diversity in this context covers gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, sex ual orientation, religious belief, mental and physical ability, and family responsibilities. Diversity also refers to the other ways in which people are di erent, such as educational level, life experience, work experience, learned processes, socio- economic background, personality and marital status. Managing workplace diversity involves recognising the value of individual di erences and making the most of them in the workplace. It is well known that project teams benefit from diversity. In short, when project teams embrace diversity, they are better prepared and deliver superior outcomes. Turning to our AIPM membership, gender diversity and age diversity is a focus for the Board. While approximately one-half of our membership may be categorised as baby boomers and one- fth of all members are women, the ratio of women to men by age segment tells an interesting story. e ratios vary enor mously, with one woman for every eight men among baby- boomer members, one to four for Gen X, and one to three for Gen Y. e gender diversity among younger members re ects changing circumstances that impacted women's engagement when the vast majority of project managers were male engineers. ere is still a long way to go, but the profession needs to engage with women better than has been done before, particularly in the non-traditional sectors of project management. e AIPM has been proactive and, in addition to regular networking events, the Women in Project Management and Young and Emerging Project Professionals groups have solid engagement with their members. Diversity is a subject that we all need to consider, and it is front of mind for the Board; we are very keen to do well in this regard and nd new and innovative ways to engage with the project management community. We would also like to put a challenge out to the membership to bring diversity to Chapters, Councils, Committees and, importantly, to the Board. Please consider how you may be able to in uence engagement, because change comes about one conversation at a time. Dr Steve Milner AIPM National President FIRST WORD Embracing diversity for superior project outcomes CONSIDER HOW YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INFLUENCE ENGAGEMENT, BECAUSE CHANGE COMES ABOUT ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME
Project Manager Feb Mar 2014