Since the field of project management was first developed, it has gone through numerous changes and witnessed various trends. In the past couple of decades, technology has increased the rate at which trends come and go. This post looks at five current trends that are positively reshaping project management.
Focus On Strategy
In order to see the most success, project management teams need to focus on strategy before they execute any action. Industry benchmarks are useful for strategy, but more businesses need to pay attention to their own strengths and weaknesses. This will help project managers set appropriate goals and develop the best strategy. Project managers also need to create an overall business strategy instead of just setting department goals.
It’s important to remember strategy when developing teams as well. When a team is created to handle a particular project, it shouldn’t feature a member from every department just for tradition’s sake. Instead, team members should be selected for their individual strengths and what they can bring to the particular project.
The most successful organizations leverage the strengths of every employee. Rather than having a strict top-down operation structure, leaders should encourage lower-level employees to communicate with managers. All employees should feel comfortable breaking the chain of command so that they can share their ideas with the rest of the organization. When an organization encourages the flow of ideas, it sees more success, and employees feel like they are valued for their contributions. Teams are integral to the success of project management, and when there is less hierarchy project managers have an easier time with team development.
Today society is increasingly concerned with how businesses operate. Businesses that act unethically are looked down upon from customers and governments, and they face potential punishment. Each project needs to be monitored to make sure it’s operating responsibly and legally. Project managers must look beyond the bottom line and realize that more is at stake than profit.
Technical training will always be important, but project managers need to remember the importance of soft skills like communication. The best project managers need to be skilled communicators, be able to resolve conflicts, and embrace diversity. Every team experiences issues and conflict, and project managers need to be adept at solving misunderstandings. They also need to have good judgment. When project managers think about training, they should include training that focuses on interpersonal skills.
One of the biggest trends that is changing project management is remote work. Remote work isn’t right for every company, but for some companies, it’s the only way to find the most skilled employees. When utilizing remote teams project managers must ensure that their organization has the appropriate technology so that every member feels integrated regardless of their location. Project managers need to develop best practices for data security for employees who work from home. In general, though, cybersecurity training is essential for all employees.