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COMMENTARY


Civil engineers in a meeting with their supervisor in a huge excavation


Image by Shutterstock.com/Harald Schmidt


Technical skills will always be instrumental, but they increasingly must be complemented by capabilities focusing on working with people and leading teams.


economic demand in the form of major new construction projects, it will be more crucial than ever to wisely steward project budgets.


Taking one step back from project management for construction, the pandemic has revealed what we call the gymnastic enterprise—this encompass those that were able to meet the moment and are emerging stronger on the other side. PMI Pulse of the Profession 2021 Report5


found that


such enterprises were more likely than traditional enterprises to have increased productivity (71 per cent versus 53 per cent respectively). They were also more successful in avoiding project scope creep, which is one of the top


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three drivers of project success among respondents in every industry and nearly every region under study.


These gymnastic enterprises tend to focus more on achieving outcomes than following a rote process, selecting what works and what works best only. This is in contrast with traditional businesses shackled by structures and rigid ways of working. And, while traditional enterprises may prefer its workforce to have either a craftsman-like focus on specialised skills or a more generalist approach, gymnastic enterprises are more aware of the need to build both breadth and depth simultaneously. Unless traditional enterprises can emulate this approach, they risk


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