As we progress to the year 2019, it would be of paramount importance that enterprises globally focus on effective management of the workforce. Companies that don’t prepare for the future would be at a disadvantage where they would only be reacting and firefighting instead of proactively anticipating risks with proper planning. Today, the success of projects is not just determined by the yardstick of cost and time, but it is all about meeting business objectives and addressing the sustainability of change. Moreover, project management trends in 2019 will move from “traditional” PMBOK, PRINCE2 framework and broaden into a number of key areas.
Invensis Learning, a premier training and certification organization that provides widely-recognized project management certification courses decided to understand what could be the Project Management trends for 2019. As a training and certification provider, we wanted to clearly understand from the industry experts as to where the project management domain was heading towards and how could we address the gaps if there were any.
So, we created geography-specific research on the subject and approached Project Management Experts from various industry verticals to begin with, and the response was overwhelming. This list of Project Management trends is not compiled by any in-house writer; these are excerpts from the leading industry experts with 10-15 years of experience in their respective domain. So, let’s understand what could be the top project management trends for 2019.
19 Project Management Trends for 2019
Project Management trends as suggested by PM Experts:
- There will be an accelerated shift from Waterfall to Agile Project Management in larger organizations as they realize the only way to deliver on benefits in the increasingly dynamic and complex environment is to learn and adapt quickly.
- Project managers will be more of all-rounders, flexible, strategic, and focus more on the dependencies within the project. There will be more pressure than ever before on project managers from external stakeholders, and they have to be more creative to think out of the box to meet strategic objectives.
- Enterprises will be highly projectized with the integration of project thinking to all work processes. With increased remote teams, soft skills will be even more important. Social responsibility and accountability will gain more focus across enterprises globally.
- Change Management Focus – as the commercial sector moves towards “agile,” “flexible” working spaces, the ability for a Project Manager to understand and effectively communicate the principles of change management will become almost compulsory. The competitive world of commercial business now dictates that companies provide an “experience” and not just a place to sit and work. The Project Managers role through delivery of these solutions is to assist in providing these experiences and change management is the key skillset required to do so. Especially in the IT sector, project managers will spend more time in change management than they traditionally have been, by getting actively involved in ensuring the readiness of the impacted parties to accept the change.
- With the enterprise-wide implementation of Agile Project Management, even hybrid project management will spread further. And in many organizations, project management roles will be replaced by Scrum Masters.
- Effective communication and hand over on a daily basis between cross geographic Agile teams will play a crucial role.
- Newer technologies like Artificial intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality (VR), Cloud, Blockchain, and Nanotechnology will be more popular in enterprises. The future of Project Managers will depend on having these key experiences as they will be in more demand to handle complex projects down the line.
- Internet of Things (IoT) will bring critical and complex data to work with for Project Managers and Team Leaders. Emotional intelligence will be part of their day-to-day activity throughout the project life cycle.
- Technology Push – As we move toward a paper-less work environment there is an increasing push to move projects to cloud based systems. There are many positives in doing this; real-time connectivity to the project team, “live” instruction and data capture and so on. Thus, the modern age project manager shall be required to understand a number of cloud-based application platforms and be fluent in mainstream providers such as Aconex, Bluebeam, and Procore to name a few.
- Motivation will no longer be having a steady source of income but will come from appreciation, sense of belongingness, and being valued. Moreover, millennials will constitute a larger slice of the project team in enterprises worldwide.
- More is More – The old adage of less is more is certainly out the window moving forward. Increasing competitiveness will dictate the requirement for a Project Manager to provide “something” different, an edge, an added extra. It will simply not be enough for a Project Manager to say they are an “expert” in a field as client’s access to a broader Project Manager market, allowing them a larger field of “experts.” Project Managers in 2019 will need to work on growing their skillsets beyond their area of expertise and look to how they can provide a tailored experience for every client.
- There will be fierce fighting for competent resources and certified practitioners globally and this, in turn, will shape the portfolios managed by enterprises.
- A large number of mega projects will be sanctioned especially in the oil and gas sector. Scaling up would be more in focus in this sector, and the demand for project practitioners will go up drastically.
- Project Management will gain more focus from large to medium organizations. As per the latest PMI Pulse of the Profession 2018 report, enterprises now only waste 9.9% of every dollar invested, down from 13.5% in 2013.
- Greater demand for PMI certified Project Management Professionals (PMP), Program Management Professionals (PgMP), and Portfolio Management Professionals (PfMP) from enterprises globally.
- Both SMBs and large MNCs will invest even more in building up their staff with relevant training and certification courses to handle dynamic and challenging projects.
- Scope management will no longer mean protecting the original scope drafted in the business plan but coming up with innovative solutions through closer engagement of the design and business teams, to find the path of least resistance to change.
- Project success will be judged through the lens of delivering benefits, rather than just the traditional tenets of staying within budget and delivering on time.
- Digital transformation will be the need of the hour for both SMBs and large organizations that will look for a fully integrated solution.
This is an extensive list of Project Management trends for 2019 that we were able to capture from Project Management Experts from the US, Germany, and Australia. Will these trends shape the way project management is accepted in enterprises globally? With newer technologies, how will project practitioners across the globe can stay relevant and fill the gaps that are necessary?
Please do contribute in the comments below if you feel something really important was missed out that could be part of this article as Project Management trends for 2019.
Also, please share your views as to how project management as a practice will fare in the future across enterprises globally. And does project management as a best practice/methodology/framework has what it takes to address the future needs of business globally.
Contributed by Project Management (PM) Experts
Marc Hammoud – Project/Programme Manager, H&D
Braunschweig Area, Germany
Marc has a B.S from the American University of Beirut and an M.Sc. from the University of Geneva. His professional experience goes back to 1998 in Lausanne, Switzerland and extends to his current role at H&D in Germany. Marc is a certified PMP, Project Director, PRINCE2, Scrum Master, ITIL, IT Professional – Enterprise. In his current role, Marc provides cross-team leadership with a balanced mix of technical and project management skills.
Rohini Das – Senior Project Manager, Zurich Financial Services
Rohini is a Senior Project Manager with Zurich Financial Services Australia and has been in the General Insurance product development and project management space for over 16 years. She has a keen interest in the Agile framework and General Insurance industry.
Dharam Singh – CEO, vCare Project Management
Dharam Singh is an award winner and a leading PgMP and PfMP mentor from New South Wales, Australia. As the CEO of vCare Project Management, his company has been the training partner for both PMI Melbourne and PMI New Zealand chapters. He has over 25 years of experience and has the distinction of serving as the Secretary & Certification Director or PMI Sydney.
Chris Dickson – Senior Project Manager, APP Corporation
Chris Dickson has nearly 10 years of experience across the construction and client side roles and has covered wide industry verticals such as Commercial, Industrial, Defense, Mining, Education, New Construction, Government and Technology Projects. Currently, he is involved in the defense and commercial sector representing a number of key Australia and Global clients.
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