After 2nd World Project Management Forum


WPMF Virtual Meet



Compiled and Edited by Ipek Sahra Ozguler

International Correspondent

Istanbul, Turkey


The 2nd World Project Management Forum (WPMF) Virtual Meet in connection with the 28th Global Symposium was held from December 14 to 16, 2020. The theme of the 2nd WPMF was “The Future of Project Management – New Challenges, New Approaches.”

This report brings some of the WPMF 2020 Speakers together and provides brief information about their presentations.


Karen Ferris (Australia). 2

Martin Parlett (USA). 3

Mounir Ajam (USA). 5

Neil F.Albert (USA). 6

Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller (Norway). 7

Rüdiger Geist (Switzerland). 8

Oliver Maeckel (Germany). 10

Veikko Välilä(Finland). 11



Karen Ferris (Australia)

Balanced Diversity – A Portfolio Approach to Organisational Change Management

Realized Through Research | Delivered By Design

Rapid adoption of change and early realization of project benefits are paramount to organization advantage.

Balanced Diversity is a new and innovative framework for every leader of change to determine the practices that will deliver success.

The framework is based on a systematic review of 15 years of research and 179 studies asking how change can become an enduring part of the organization.

The research revealed that the key to project success is to select a balance of practices from each of the four quadrants of the framework.

The framework revolves around an axis of practices for fulfillment and innovation and an axis of informal and formal practices.

The resulting quadrants are:

  • Fostering Commitment
  • Clarifying Expectations
  • Building Momentum For Change
  • Instilling Capacity for Change

There are 59 practices distributed across the framework and they are grouped into categories within each quadrant.

Generally, practices used with the intent to embed change are ill-considered, based on bias and filters, comfort zones and repetition.

Practices should be selected based on an understanding of the nature of the change, change history, stakeholder expectation and needs, capability and capacity and time constraints.

With this understanding, the selection of a balanced, yet diverse set of practices from the Balanced Diversity framework, is a based on informed decision-making.

Project success is strengthened.


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How to cite this report:  Ozguler, I.S. (2021). After 2nd World Project Management Forum (WPMF) Virtual Meet, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue I, January. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/pmwj101-Jan2021-Ozguler-after-2nd-world-project-management-forum-report2.pdf



About the Editor

Ipek Sahra Ozguler

Istanbul, Turkey


Ipek Sahra Ozguler graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

Ipek is the creator and editor of the highly acclaimed book, The Perspective of Women Project Management Professionals, interviews with leading female PM experts and professionals around the world. The book was published in March 2020 and is available here.

Ipek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at ipeksahra@gmail.com.  Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

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