Project Trends 2013

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting Inc., an Ontario, Canada-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at andy.jordan@roffensian.com. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

As the New Year rolls around, it’s only natural to look back at what happened in the last year and consider what we might want to happen in the coming 12 months. In this article I want to consider some of the things that I would like the project management discipline and its practitioners to consider--things that are happening and that will impact project managers and project management whether they are ready or not, a few things that I want to plant in your minds to consider over the next year. Some of you may already feel prepared for some of these things, and some of you will probably think that one or two of these ideas are out to lunch. But that’s okay…if they are making you think, then I’m achieving what I set out to do!

Agile is mainstream
Project managers have been hearing about agile for a decade or more, and you don’t have to be that involved with it to know that it is becoming more prevalent--just look at the increase in the number of articles written, certifications available, etc. As someone said to me, “With the PMI having an agile certification, you better believe it’s here to stay.” And yet for many project managers, agile is still seen as one of those outlier things that they can ignore because it doesn’t affect them.

If you are one of those project managers, I have news for you--agile does …

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