A quick and dirty guide to popular trends in the project management sphere.
Project management is changing thanks to new methodologies and the development of new technology. Here are 7 trends currently holding sway in the world of project management.
The Agile method of managing a project, an iterative approach that makes progress in sprints, continues to gain popularity as an alternative to the traditional waterfall model that uses a sequential design process. But is this methodology here to stay or is it another management fad?
2. VIRTUAL TEAMS
Virtual teams of people working around the globe are becoming more common. Project managers must deal with a workforce that is in different locations, working different hours. They often don’t work for the same organisation either.
3. VIRTUAL COLLABORATION
Virtual collaboration is increasing through cloud-based tools such as Google Docs and Dropbox.
4. SERVE NOT MANAGE
There is a move for project managers to be ‘serving’ the project team rather than ‘managing’ them, so expectations of the role are changing.
Cybersecurity is an ever-increasing challenge and must be considered.
6. QUICK RESULTS
Project management lifecycles are compressing – customers want results more quickly.
There is pressure to spend more time operationalising projects once they are complete. Businesses are retaining project managers after projects are complete to oversee the rollout phase.