Project management is an ever-evolving sector of business and, as such, has some major growing pains in its future. The role of Information Technology (IT) project management is bursting out of IT and into other departments as computing and communication become integral to all layers of business.
Implementing agile methods, managing new projects and vendors and completing the variety of larger projects sure to come the way of IT project managers will all be challenges faced in coming years.
ESI International recently released its global panel’s take on upcoming project management predictions, according to ESI:
1. Specific project management training continues
Project managers will continue training on the specifics of project management, in spite of needing more general training in leadership skills due to the new scope of IT project management, according to ESI.
2. Effectiveness of agile development challenged
Agile software development involves evolving solutions through collaboration. This same collaborative management technique also is part of the cloud computing culture. And, just like with cloud computing, agile development faces challenges not because of any inherent issues but because of lack of training and comfort with such incremental collaboration. To allow agile software development’s acceptance, the business culture will need to change.
3. Project management expands beyond project managers
With the incremental collaboration cultural shift, expectations will change. People from all departments will need to perform project manager duties. From human resources to marketing, everyone will get into some realm of project management.
4. Larger projects hold challenges
Large projects require major outsourcing of work. The lack of in-house control will prompt companies to build up in-house project management expertise to make sure contractors are working effectively.
5. Project managers pushed to innovate
Project management office audits are becoming more common and will prompt creativity for project managers to create value for the business.
6. Project manager certification upgrades
The U.S. government’s project manager certification is often required for civilian-side government contractors. While less training hours are currently accepted, in 2013 the government will increase the required training for project manager certification through the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
7. Vendor management becomes a priority
With vendor management issues already a problem and the rise of outsourcing sure to increase those issues, training on vendor management will become a priority for project managers.
8. Project management offices further strained
While project management offices exist to improve project performance, businesses rarely grant those offices with the resources needed to do so. That, combined with increasing pressure to perform, will strain and break many project management offices.
9. Funding pressure increases portfolio management
Portfolio management is a high stakes project prioritization game. Portfolio hierarchies will increasingly develop across businesses to get a handle on projects and programs that will improve the business’s competitive edge.
10. Agile development gains popularity to cut project times
Businesses will pick up agile development to cut their projects’ time to market. Agile development techniques have the potential to improve performance in a variety of ways, but speed is the most attractive incentive for executives.
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