Project Management and Technology in the Future
Presently, the monitoring of projects is done by specialized teams whose skills are governed by their knowledge of particular computational skills. As software becomes more and more user friendly it is likely that every person in a project will need to acquire these skills and as such, specialized teams for monitoring may no more be needed. This will affect the steps in Six Sigma, 5S and the other methodologies and they might be modified to reflect the new realities.
New project management methodologies and tools are likely to emerge, too. Many of the existing ones, not only the above mentioned Six Sigma and 5S, but also PMBOK, PRINCE2, even the good ol' Microsoft Project, will need to undergo serious changes in order to be adequate to the new demands.
The responsibilities for each team member will increase making them more responsive to project requirements. This may further extend to encompass of the stages of a project and literally make each team member totally responsible for his/her part in the project. Communication will remain vital to a project's success and fortunately we have the software such as free conference call tools - to communicate efficiently.
Future projects are likely to be totally paperless with all information being shared over the net. Software will be developed that will automatically gather information from all participants and collate it into a larger picture that will be instantly available to management as well as all members of the project team.
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