Project management, like technology, changes over time. To stay the most effective IT leader that you can be, you need to be on the lookout for new trends. Duncan Haughey writes for Project Smart about the six current trends guiding the path of project management.
- Better collaboration in the cloud
- Geographically dispersed project teams
- Agile project management
- Virtual learning
- Difficulty entering the profession
- Compressed project management life cycles
Cloud computing is offering conveniences that were never before possible. Haughey for instance cites something as simple as Google Docs, which allows everyone on his team to work simultaneously on the same document without needing to merge changes later. This is especially important with how geographically dispersed teams have become. Outsourcing is often the happy norm, and tools for virtual meetings help to overcome time zone discrepancies.
Agile meanwhile is certainly nothing new, but what is significant is how its use has continued to expand, including with scrum and sprints. Those looking to widen their horizons even further can turn to virtual learning, which is an affordable and flexible alternative to in-person classroom training. As long as you have the discipline to follow through with it, virtual learning can be a lucrative opportunity, especially when getting ahead in the project management profession can be so challenging:
Employers demand experience. Most are reluctant to take on inexperienced project managers. Consequently, there is no easy answer or formula to entering the profession. A good first step is to gain a project management qualification, such as PRINCE2, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Associate Project Management Professional (APMP). Qualifications show a willingness to advance into the profession. They show that you are serious about becoming a project manager.
The final trend then, compressed life cycles, seems to be a reflection of the faster-paced times in which we live. Products once expected to be delivered over years are now expected in months. This places greater demand on project managers, who need to turn to strategies such as iterative prototyping and rolling wave planning (more agile principles!) to keep up.
To read about these trends in more depth, you can read Haughey’s full article here: http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/the-six-project-management-trends-you-need-to-know.php