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Sectors Note: see about Sectors sub-categories below.

The context and industry within which work or projects are implemented has a huge influence on how they are planned, designed and delivered.

Navigate this section to explore how different industries and sectors manage their works or projects.

Public sector

Note: see more about public sector sub-categories below.

There are plenty of distinctive elements to managing practices and works in a public sector environment: the importance and range of stakeholders; the influence of politics; the particular requirements for governance and transparency; the judgement of media and citizens. Navigate this section to explore the world of public sector works and projects.

Central government

Central government is responsible for some of the largest, most costly and most complex of works: infrastructure projects; IT projects and social change projects. The sheer scale and timescales of these create problems of their own. Navigate this section to find out more about central government works and projects.

Government agency

Government agency works involve a mix of public, private and not-for-profit resources. These combinations both enable the works or projects to happen and create their own set of complications. Navigate this section to find out more about government agency works.

Local government

Local government may not undertake the flagship projects of central government but they are still responsible for huge levels of investment in local infrastructure and organization. Navigate this section to find out more about local government works and projects.

Private sector

Legal and business projects and practices are now such a ubiquitous way of delivering new products, services and business change that they take place across the private sector in organizations of all size. Navigate this section to discover more about private sector works and projects.


Increasingly the not-for-profit sector is involved in project delivery; whether these are internal projects or as part of a government consortium to deliver new products or services to society at large. Navigate this section to find out more about the particular constraints and opportunities associated with projects in the not-for- profit sector.

International projects

International legal and business projects and works face a variety of challenges including supply risk, capability risk, communication, cultural and political risk. Navigate this section to explore the world of international works.


Note: for industry sub-categories see below.
Different industries face different challenges in managing their compliance and business works: issues of governance, risk, technical complexity, timescale or secrecy. Navigate this section to learn more about the specific of managing works in particular industries.


As the world becomes increasingly connected, transport industry works and projects are the engine that secure and sustain development and commercial competitivity. Navigate this section to find out more about transport industry works.


The construction industry was part of the cradle of early project management. As these projects have becoming increasing large and complex so they have needed to learn from other industries about issues such as stakeholder management, waste, benefits realisation. Navigate this section to find out more about construction works and projects.

Defense or Military

The defense or militar industries in the United States, the United Kingdom and other developed countries have been pioneers in many aspects of project management, including the development of earned value analysis. Today defense projects drive innovation in science, innovation and project management. Navigate this section to explore the world of defense works and projects.

Aviation and aerospace

The aviation industry has developed from early flight to mass transport in only the blink of an eye. Projects and this industry works are at the heart of their innovation, product and service development. Navigate this section to explore aviation and aerospace works and projects.


Engineering is another of the industries responsible for the early developments in project management. Engineering projects take place in every environment from factory floor to floating exploration platform. Navigate this section to learn more about the similarities and varations of engineering works and projects.

Information technology

Information systems are today so ubiquitous that every corporate or professional work and project from construction and engineering to product development or business change includes an IT element. IT was also the birthplace of the agile methodology of project delivery. Navigate this section to learn about IT works and projects.


There are so many aspects to the pharmaeutical industry that differentiate it from every other industry. Whilst the context of pharma projects and practices is unique to pharmaceuticals many of the processes are common and there is much to be learned from and shared with other industries. Navigate this section to discover more about pharmaceutical works and projects.

Oil, gas and extraction

The oil and gas and other mineral extraction industries operate in environments that push project management to the limit. Navigate this section to learn about works and project management in extreme environments.


Manufacturing has been the birthplace of project management and of many of the subsequent developments that have influenced its development, such as lean and kanban. Navigate this section to learn about manufacturing works and projects.


Infrastructure works and projects are by definition large, costly and (usually) slow. They involve significant elements that are common to many of the other sectors: government, engineering, transport … Navigate this section to learn about the world of infrastructure projects and works.