Realizing Smart Cities through Professional Project, Programme and Portfolio Management
The IPMA kicked-off a new publication format called “IPMA Insight” with the first edition focusing on the topic of “Smart Cities” [http://products.ipma.world/ipma-product/realizing-smart-cities/]. As a matter of fact, the number of people is steadily growing. By 2050 the world population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion people, of whom approximately 80 per cent will be living in cities. This is a huge task for all governments and leaders worldwide. Already nowadays 60 per cent of the energy consumed and 70 per cent of waste and greenhouse gas emissions are produced by cities. Public transport, water supply, sanitation, energy, food and security are just some of the pressure points that need to be managed by governments. It is of the utmost importance to tackle these challenges in a holistic way using existing know-how of project, programme and portfolio management. It will contribute towards making the vision of a smart city real and delivering real benefits to the people.
It was a simple question of one of our members from Brazil, who asked what IPMA is doing in regard to Smart Cities. As IPMA is a network of 70 National Project Management Association all around the world, we passed the question around and immediately other members joined in and talked about their perspectives and experiences. And there are plenty of them! As many as the concepts of Smart Cities are covering. Our Member Association from Germany
highlighted how they dealt with the influx of Syrian refugees in 2015 and 2016. In Mexico the focus was more on agriculture and regional aspects, India and China highlighted the development regarding mega and giga cities. Korea and others focus on issues like technology and how these can contribute to smarter
cities. And so on and so forth. New perspectives such as research activities, mobility solutions and many others emerged and were addressed during the first Smart Cities Symposium end of March 2018 in Berlin [https://www.ipma.world/council-of-delegates-communique-from-berlin-germany/]. The participants were excited by the exchange and addressed their desire to continue the dialogue. A second event was organised by IPMA Korea, also forming a Special Interest Group (SIG) in IPMA. In September a third event covering the topic will happen in Rio de Janeiro [https://www.ipma.world/news/international-project-management-week-sigp-september-1st-9th-barra-da-tijuca-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/].
This publication is intended to address the role of projects, programmes and portfolios to tackle the many challenges in the context of Smart Cities. Therefore,
the intended readers of this IPMA Insight are people working in the context of Smart Cities or those cities who aspire to become a Smart City. This includes but is not limited to the Mayor, the members of a City Council, people working for the public administration, project and programme managers in a city or municipality, leaders and employees of technology and service providers for Smart Cities as well as people engaged with research or being interested in this topic.