Why is Project Management Changing?
The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers probably the biggest reason there are upcoming challenges facing project managers—the global challenge. The recent financial fall hit many countries and even US politicians and project management experts feel that to be competitive and stay on top of the game, “going global" will be necessary to compete and make a profit.
There are other changes for project managers to consider including team supervision and choosing the right team. Handling generational styles will be on the forefront as well as the always problematic changes and resistance to change. Effective collaboration skills are now necessary due to downsizing and outsourcing.
Specialization of types of project managers will also evolve—meaning more project managers will be focusing on green projects, new IT technology in purging projects in the medical field, and expect some managers to focus on area-specific projects to ensure success by repetition and higher profit levels.
Finally, the end-user and the client, while both stakeholders, must be treated like the kings of project outcomes—meaning better customer relationship management (CRM).
Screenshot by author courtesy of PMI.