Becoming Future Friendly: Embracing the Digital Future

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.

The 2019 PMI Pulse of the Profession® Report The Future of Work is all about technology, specifically what the report refers to as “PMTQ,” or project management technology quotient. It goes on to explain that a technology quotient is “a person’s ability to adapt, manage and integrate technology based on the needs of the organization or the project at hand.”

Fair enough, and it’s not difficult to see how that would be important for project managers. But how do you go about achieving that?

I’m not going to simply regurgitate the Pulse of the Profession® report; you can read that for yourselves. But I do want to concentrate on one of the three characteristics that the report identifies as important to a high PMTQ: the concept of “always-on curiosity.”

This is the idea that, as a project manager, you are always looking for new opportunities, new ways of doing things. But at the same time, you aren’t blindly chasing every hot new trend, you are differentiating between gimmicks and advancements, knowing what can be applied and what should be ignored.

How do you do that? After all, most project managers are operating within an environment that has at least some restrictions applied to how projects are delivered. You probably don’t have the freedom to completely ignore the organization’s …

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