Project Management

Five Project Management Trends for 2016

David is an experienced project manager, and founder and CEO of, a SaaS project management and collaboration application.

The discipline of project management tends to be relatively stable as processes and methodologies are well established. However, just as technology and business models change, project management adapts over time.

In my 30 years of experience as both a project manager at a Fortune 500 company and the CEO of Binfire, a project management and collaboration software company, I have seen the evolution within the project management discipline as individual practitioners and organizations adopt innovation. Below is my assessment of the trends within the project management arena that are likely to gain momentum over the coming year.

1. Structured agile will gain more acceptance.
According to PMI, nearly 40% of organizations report using agile frequently. With its roots in software development, an agile framework works best in non-hierarchical environments that value flexibility and adaptiveness. Asana and Trello are two examples of project management software vendors that staked a claim in the market by offering solutions based on agile methodologies.

The strength of agile is also its weakness--prioritizing people over process, and responsiveness over structure. There is a reliance on following the progress of task lists over a project lifecycle at the expense of creating dependencies and subtasks. In my experience in the corporate world, agile is suitable for small and …

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