Project Management

Are You Ready for the Digital World?

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.

As I am sure most of you know, PMI tracks and identifies a number of Megatrends each year. This year, one of them is digital disruption (and you can read more about that here). There’s some great content on that page, and many things that I could write about. But I want to focus on the six areas that PMI identifies as the “top digital-age skills for product delivery.” And I’m going to consider some of them more than others. The six areas are:

  1. Innovative mindset
  2. Legal and regulatory compliance knowledge
  3. Security and privacy knowledge
  4. Data science skills
  5. Ability to make data-driven decisions
  6. Collaborative leadership skills

Now, PMI identifies those for product delivery, but clearly there is considerable overlap there with project management—that’s how products get developed and enhanced, and many organizations are evolving software development projects into a product-based management and delivery model.

Out of that list, innovation has been covered on in the past, and collaborative leadership is something that all project managers should have as a core capability. And of course, project managers have been making data-driven decisions since the dawn of time—there is no shortage of project management metrics, regardless of the approach that you personally use. But what about those other areas?

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