The Innovation of Things
Professor Craig Langston has more than 30 years experience as a practitioner and academic, and now leads the Project Management program at Bond University. Most recently, he has developed Bond’s new Master of Project Innovation degree, which builds on the University’s success in delivering accredited project management education. Professor Langston also is Director of the Centre for Comparative Construction Research and undertakes research across a range of topics relevant to Project Management including Measuring Project Success, for which his team has won several industry awards. He is the author of 5 international books, over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and has lead four Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants amounting to nearly $1 million in external competitive funding over his career.
Innovation in project management, including adaptable (Agile) practices that can respond quickly to opportunities and explore alternative solutions with the freedom to experiment, requires a new approach that is not constrained by conventional ideologies and the fear of failure. The parallel processes of innovation management and project management need to interact, new ways of working need to be applied where time is of the essence, and the benefits of design thinking within a diverse team environment must be realised. Innovation requires a cross-disciplinary approach using creative and entrepreneurial skills and blending financial, social, political and environmental criteria to realise value for project stakeholders. It is a new way of thinking, and a desire to measure success not just in the delivery of projects but also taking account of good design and end-user delight. Projects must be progressive and generate collective utility. This presentation introduces the notion of ‘the innovation of things’ and the opportunity it provides for the project management profession to pursue innovative outcomes across a broad range of project types.