Between advances in technology and complexities resulting from economic and global health concerns, project management is expected to undergo a transformation next year. As 2020 comes to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the future of project management. Let’s take a closer look at three of the biggest trends in project management right now.
1. Increasing Importance of Remote Workers
One of the clearest trends is that remote workers are playing a more prominent role on project management teams. Developments in technology have made it easier for project management teams to work remotely, while shifts in the values and priorities of employees in the industry have made remote work opportunities a significant selling point to candidates. The pandemic further accelerated the widespread move towards telecommuting in project management. Many professionals who may have been reluctant to work from home have been forced to telecommute because of social distancing. Now, they have experienced first-hand the advantages of working from home. A related trend is the growth in popularity of communication tools like Slack and Teams, which help remote teams collaborate.
2. Changes in Leadership
In the past, the work of a project manager focused on planning the project. Increasingly, the work of project managers is moving toward team management. Project managers are being asked to assume more of a leadership role. Overall, this has made the job of project management more challenging because the skill requirements have increased. Not only do managers need to have a more extensive knowledge of the technical and legal elements of projects to lead successfully, but they also need stronger soft skills, such as social and communication skills.
3. Hybrid Project Management
Hybrid project management is another hot trend right now. Instead of every project having one distinct methodology, companies are mixing different methodologies and project management frameworks to create unique, hybrid management approaches. The growing popularity of Scrum, Kanban, Agile, and other frameworks have stimulated the growth of hybrid project management approaches. What this means is that project managers will need to become familiar with many different project management methodologies if they want to be successful in the future, because they will be expected to be able to adapt to different approaches to project management.
Like many industries right now, the nature of project management continues to change rapidly. Advancements in technology and the COVID-19 pandemic have both led to an increased importance of remote workers, while changes in business models have affected the role project managers play on a team and encouraged greater flexibility in how companies approach project management.
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