The Future of Technical Project Teams

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-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's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

A little while back, I was asked to develop some “out there” ideas for what the future of project management might look like. It was a fun exercise, and it has led me to spend some time thinking about what is likely to happen in the reasonably near future.

My thoughts in this article aren’t what I would consider to be in the same vein as my “out there” suggestions from that exercise. Instead, I believe these things could very well happen within only a few years, specifically with projects focused on software development. There are no guarantees (and honestly, I hope I’m wrong in some of these ideas), but I can easily see a world where this happens. What do you think: Is this an evolution that could occur in your organization?

The commoditization of technology work
The first driver I want to look at is the increasing commoditization of work that is occurring. This isn’t just something that happens on projects, it’s a trend that is occurring in many different aspects of organizations, particularly when it comes to technology.

The argument is that because technology is evolving and advancing so rapidly, there is no point in investing in a large number of highly skilled technology professionals as employees. That would either force the organization to invest in continuous retraining for those individuals to keep them current…

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"One of the symptoms of approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."

- Bertrand Russell