Project Management

Are Managers a Dying Breed?

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 [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

When Gartner makes predictions, organizations sit up and take notice. They’re not immune from trying to make headlines to increase attention, but they do have sound logic behind their predictions and are seen as a credible source. So when they come up with something like this, it’s worthy of further consideration. A couple of the other predictions of note:

  • By 2024, 30% of corporate teams will be without a boss due to the agile and hybrid nature of work.
  • By 2024, 80% of CIOs surveyed will list modular business redesign, through composability, as a top-five reason for accelerated business performance.

(If you’re not familiar with composability, it’s basically the idea that a business will be built of several interchangeable modules—think technology building blocks that can be arranged, organized and integrated in different ways to address business needs and opportunities.) Those two predictions are certainly linked to each other—a modular, ever evolving business implies significant use of agile and hybrid working conditions, which supports the idea that there will be fewer bosses if you buy into the premise that agile equates to less traditional management structure. I want to focus on that idea in this piece, but it’s important to understand the idea of composability and modularity as an example of what may happen, or perhaps what must happen, for teams to operate …


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