Closing Keynote at Canada’s Largest Annual Project Management Conference #innovation #standards / by John Schlichter

 John Schlichter gave a closing keynote address on innovation.

John Schlichter gave a closing keynote address on innovation.

I gave the closing keynote yesterday at the CWCC in Vancouver, which I was told is the largest project management conference in Canada. The title of my talk was “Delivering Innovative Projects Predictably Using SIMPLE® - How TransLink Is Transforming Its Project Delivery Capability.” TransLink, the rapid mass transit authority that builds roads and rails for metro Vancouver's 2.3 million residents, hired OPM Experts LLC to assess their infrastructure project management capabilities, and then joined me on stage to talk about it. As my company had just completed their SIMPLE® maturity assessment, I was delighted they gave the audience a peek inside their complicated, fascinating organization. TransLink did a fantastic job, the audience was rapt, and we had a great discussion.

Before TransLink joined me on stage, I described the relationships between:

  • innovation and project management (how projects deliver innovation)

  • innovation and standardization (how innovations become dominant designs)

  • standardization and project management (how standards make projects possible)

  • project standards and innovation (disruption coming to project management standards)

I explained how to increase an organization’s maturity and capability to select and deliver projects that deploy the different kinds of innovation (modular, incremental, architectural, and ultimately radical innovations), starting with an OPM maturity assessment using SIMPLE®.

Here’s a copy of my slides.

Thank you, TransLink, for the awesome projects you create and for sharing your insights with the audience. I look forward to the journey ahead.

Thank you, PMI West Canada, for hosting this event and for the lovely accommodations at the five-star Fairmont Pacific Rim. My wife and I have savored superb views of the harbor, watching the seaplanes thrown into sharp relief by mountains and sky.

 Seaplanes taxi fellow travelers.

Seaplanes taxi fellow travelers.

What better way to wrap things up than hiking the North Shore mountains with Vancouver’s infrastructure displayed across the city below? I took advantage of a photo op on Grouse Mountain and imagined the Scandinavians who first hauled planks through an untamed forest up to where I stood to create its nascent infrastructure. Who can deny they were innovators? It's a tradition carried on by TransLink, building transportation infrastructure for Vancouver's residents wherever they live, work, and play.

 John Schlichter on Grouse Mountain.

John Schlichter on Grouse Mountain.