Darren Dalcher is a Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire, Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iceland, and Adjunct Professor at the Lille Graduate School of Management. He is the founder and director of the National Centre for Project Management (NCPM), an interdisciplinary center of excellence operating in collaboration with industry, government, and the learned societies.
Following industrial and consultancy experience in managing technology projects, Dr. Dalcher gained his PhD from King's College, University of London. In 1992, he founded an IEEE task force focused on learning from project failures. He is active in numerous international committees, standards bodies, steering groups, and editorial boards. He is heavily involved in organizing international conferences, and has delivered many international keynote addresses and tutorials. He has written over 150 refereed papers and book chapters on project management and software engineering. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process. He is the editor of a major book series, Advances in Project Management, published by Gower Publishing, which synthesizes leading-edge knowledge, skills, insights, and reflections in project and program management and of a companion series, Fundamentals of Project Management, which provides the essential grounding in key areas of project management.
He has built a reputation as leader and innovator in the area of practice-based education and reflection in project management and has worked with many major industrial, commercial, and charitable organizations and government bodies. In 2008, he was named by the Association for Project Management as one of the top 10 influential experts in project management and has also been voted Project Magazine's Academic of the Year for his contribution in "integrating and weaving academic work with practice." He has been chairman of the influential APM Project Management Conference since 2009, setting consecutive attendance records and bringing together the most influential speakers.
He received international recognition in 2009 with appointment as a member of the PMForum International Academic Advisory Council, which features leading academics from some of the world's top universities and academic institutions. In October 2011, he was awarded a prestigious Honorary Fellowship from the Association for Project Management for outstanding contribution to project management. He has delivered lectures and courses in many international institutions, including King's College London, Cranfield Business School, ESC Lille, Iceland University, University of Southern Denmark, and George Washington University. His research interests include project success and failure, maturity and capability, ethics, process improvement, agile project management, systems and software engineering, project benchmarking, risk management, decision making, chaos and complexity, project leadership, change management, knowledge management, and evidence-based and reflective practice.
Professor Dalcher is an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts, and a Member of the Project Management Institute, the Academy of Management, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is a Chartered IT Practitioner. He is a Member of the PMI Advisory Board responsible for the prestigious David I. Cleland Project Management Award, of the APM Group Ethics and Standards Governance Board, and, until recently, of the APM Professional Development Board. He is a member of the OGC's International Reference Group for Managing Successful Programmes, and Academic and Editorial Advisory Council Member for PM Today, for which he also writes a regular column featuring advances in research and practice in project management.