"The Future is Projects - The Future is Positive"

A Guide to Post COVID-19 Trends


In February 2020 Cora Systems invited Stephen Carver to investigate how the world of projects might look after the crisis, and as managers of change, how we might help to shape it. His answer: “We are approaching a tipping point (accelerated by the present crisis) where three things are going to happen:”
  1. There will be a huge upswing in the demand for trained change/ project professionals.
  2. There will be an exponential focus on leadership instead of management of change projects.
  3. The first two trends will lead to a rapid artificial automation (AI)-led revolution in how we use change project tools.
Stephen believes that the best way to predict the future is to create it and in this guide he expands on those points (Demand, Leadership and Automation) and outlines his ideas about how you can shape that future.

About the Author

Stephen Carver is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at one of Europe’s leading MBA business schools, Cranfield University’s School of Management in the UK.

He has a reputation of taking complex management concepts such as projects, influencing change and crisis management and being able to distil them down into highly informative and fast moving lectures – often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is: “If you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

Unusually, for an academic, he has actually spent most of his working life in real business and still runs his own, highly successful, project management company. Stephen is a rare blend of academic, businessman and teller of tales. He has taught across the world and has appeared on national radio and TV.