Project Management

Embracing Agility in the Construction Industry

PMI Denmark Chapter

Klaus Nielsen, MBA, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMP is the managing director at Global Business Development in Denmark and an associate lecturer in project and program management at the IT University of Copenhagen. He has over 20 years of project management experience in managing and delivering complex, high-visibility information systems projects.

In Denmark, the construction industry is growing fast—particularly in the pharmaceutical space. Given the speed of change and fierce competition in the global market, organizations are required to adjust quicky—and expect projects to deliver results just as fast.

For decades, predictive project management approaches have been applied with success. But now more than ever, more flexible (and faster) decisions are required in complex construction projects—where change of scope is frequent, and the need for new factories is crucial to remain competitive.

This article shares my experiences from a cooperative knowledge sharing event last March that featured major industry multinationals and a local PMI chapter.

Creating Valuable Insights…in Just a Day
Our story begins in late 2021, when key staff from Novo Nordisk—a global healthcare company that works to defeat diabetes and other chronic diseases—reached out to my local PMI chapter in Denmark. They wanted to discuss a potential knowledge sharing event on agility in the construction/pharmaceutical industry.

All parties involved invested time and resources to make this happen just a few months later, and the event was held at one of the company’s beautiful resorts. Approximately 40 participants attended, both from within the Novo Nordisk family along with top leading firms …


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