New Video Series Explores the Changing Role of the Project Manager


Senior PMI leaders and representatives from PMI’s Global Executive Council recently appeared in an online video series sponsored by World Finance. The videos cover a range of topic areas, including a discussion on how the project management profession has shifted over the years—a fitting discussion as we count down to PMI’s official 50th anniversary on October 3, 2019.

Before PMI came along in 1969—and before project management became widely recognized as a profession—many project leaders were left to navigate their challenges alone. They essentially had to make it up as they went along. But project managers have always looked for solutions—and when our founders sought each other out, they laid the path for widespread recognition of project management as a formal discipline, with best practices and a body of knowledge about what worked. PMI continues evolving with the times as project managers today face new challenges.

Project managers themselves must be prepared for their roles to change. In the past, there has been a heavy emphasis on traditional duties like budgeting and scheduling. These are still essential skill sets, but as more of these responsibilities are impacted by technology and automation, it will be increasingly important for many project managers to wear even more hats—adopting the role of strategic advisor, …

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