A Glimpse Into Our PM Future

Mudassir is a consultant and trainer in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

“Project leaders are becoming even more essential as organizations recognize that strategy is implemented through projects and programs, and as disruptive technology frees them from mundane routines, providing more opportunity to innovate.”

— Mark A. Langley, PMI President and CEO
The Project Manager of the Future: Developing Digital-Age Project Management Skills to Thrive in Disruptive Times

In today’s world where we are experiencing massive changes in all facets of life (the largest ever after the third industrial revolution), project management has become quite pervasive. In this era of Industry 4.0, the methodologies we learn in this field are being used in almost every other industry around the world. It’s thought-provoking to consider the upcoming demand for project management—and in turn, project managers—in this fast-changing world where:

  • innovation cycles are becoming shorter and shorter
  • AI and robotics are threatening many jobs (or at least functions within a job)
  • job roles are becoming more competitive and have started to encompass functions that are/were not directly part of the position
  • outsourcing is threatening job functions that are not value added

With my current assignment, I am experiencing outsourced project management, with some of the project managers’ usual functions handed over to …

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