Behaving professionally means accepting responsibility for the impact of your actions, being aware and raising awareness of potentially unpleasant side-effects and long-term consequences for stakeholders and wider society.
Dr Karen Thompson and Dr Nigel Williams reflect on the 18 months since the launch of the RPM Manifesto and look ahead to next year
As 2020 draws to a close, the time is right to look back at the progress of Responsible Project Management (RPM) and look forward with anticipation to 2021 as the International Year of Responsible Project Management: the year when the project profession will ‘come of age’.
Barely 18 months have elapsed since the launch of the Manifesto for Responsible Project Management in July 2018. The RPM movement began in a similar way to the development of agile project management, with signatories to a manifesto expressed as a statement of purpose and a set of principles. The wording of the RPM Manifesto was developed in real time during a two-day workshop that brought together educators, practitioners and researchers. By the end of the workshop, a consensus had emerged, and 20 professionals signed the Manifesto.
APM was among the first signatories, represented by Daniel Nicholls, research manager, whose support since the beginning has been crucial. The Association of Sustainability Practitioners, particularly founding director Gwyn Jones, helped to shape the development of ideas.
Eighteen months on, the signatories now include a global construction company, two professional bodies and 144 individuals from 29 universities and 28 companies around the world – including the UK, Europe, Kazakhstan, India, China and the US.