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Craig is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has worked with ProjectManagement.com for the last six years developing the various HEADWAY processes (Project, Change and Portfolio). He has hosted a series of webinars and is a business intelligence subject matter expert.

What are the trends in project management? I have been thinking about this question for months--and have been struggling with the answer. My initial thoughts took me to far-flung ideas about where the future of project management may end up. In the end, given that I am more of a pragmatist than a soothsayer, my trends are based on the realities in various companies that have I have seen over the last few years.

I see three trends that have the potential of being very powerful for project management and the organizations that continue to pursue the discipline:

  1. the continued adoption of project management
  2. greater linkages between organizational strategy and projects
  3. the continued integration of change management practices within project management

The most important trend in project management is the continued spreading of the discipline itself to more and more organizations. Sorry to kick things off with what some may feel is a bit of a cop-out, but there are still way too many organizations that are oblivious to the concept and benefits that project management can bring. When it comes to project management, far too many organizations would struggle to meet Level 1 on the five-point maturity scale. Their approach to their projects is ad hoc at best--and they are oblivious to the benefits the discipline can bring.

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