Interview with Iain Fraser


Project Management Profession is the Future of Work

Interview with Iain Fraser
Advisor, Author, Influencer
Fellow, Former Chair, Project Management Institute

Interviewed by Yu Yanjuan
Journalist, Project Management Review: PMR (China)
International Correspondent, PM World Journal

Introduction to the interviewee

Iain Fraser is globally recognized as an expert in modern business, portfolio, program and project management practices. Based in New Zealand, he has worked around the world in the Banking / Finance, Defense, Engineering, Government, Oil & Gas, Power, and Telecommunications sectors. Today he is an author, speaker, trainer, and professional director. He has keynoted many business events and acted as MC/Host at others.

In 2006, he was Chairman of the global Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI). He spent 6 years on the board where he oversaw a period of considerable growth and global expansion.

He is the author of the top-selling business book The Business of Portfolio Management – Boosting Organizational Value and co-author of the recently released The Business of People – Leadership for the Changing World.

His specialties include: Business Governance, Portfolio & Program Management Governance, Portfolio and Program Management Consultancy, Speaking & Training, Mentoring, EPMO/PMO’s, Value Management, Change Management and Benefits Realization Management.


Part I – Project management profession is the future of work

Q1:      Having worked in the field of project management for so many years, how will you introduce project management to young people to attract them to join this profession?

Iain Fraser (Fraser):    I would mention that the project management profession is, in many ways, the future of work. I would add that it is global, dynamic, exciting, and also fun therefore a great and global profession to be involved in.

Q2:      You are said to be a person who possesses great enthusiasm and passion for project management. Where does the passion originate from?

Fraser:     Well, thank-you! My passion was ignited as a result of completing a management development program with a large USA-based engineering and construction company working in the UK oil and gas sector. Experiences followed across other sectors and geographies that fueled the passion further. In addition, being actively involved with PMI at various levels deepened the passion. As a consequence, I have a passion for life and try to capitalize on that in everything I do.

Part II – People are people

Q3:      Your co-authored book The Business of People is purposefully focused on people. Indeed, people-orientation is a trend in the field of project management. What do you think? Would you please briefly introduce the book?


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Editor’s note: This interview was first published in PMR, Project Management Review magazine, China.  It is republished here with the permission of PMR. The PM World Journal maintains a cooperative relationship with PMR, periodically republishing works from each other’s publications. To see the original interview with Chinese introduction, visit PMR at http://www.pmreview.com.cn/english/

How to cite this interview: PMR (2020). The Project Management Profession is the Future of Work: Interview with Iain Fraser; Project Management Review; republished in the PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue X, October. Online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/pmwj98-Oct2020-Yanjuan-Interview-with-Iain-Fraser.pdf



About the Interviewer

Yu Yanjuan

Beijing, China


Yu Yanjuan (English name: Spring), Bachelor’s Degree, graduated from the English Department of Beijing International Studies University (BISU) in China. She is now an English-language journalist and editor working for Project Management Review (PMR) Magazine and website. She has interviewed over sixty top experts in the field of project management. Before joining PMR, she once worked as a journalist and editor for other media platforms in China. She has also worked part-time as an English teacher in training centers in Beijing. Beginning in January 2020, Spring also serves as an international correspondent for the PM World Journal.

For work contact, she can be reached via email yuyanjuan2005@163.com  or LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/yanjuanyu-76b280151/.

To view other works by Spring, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/yu-yanjuan/