Project Management

Topic Teasers Vol. 153: How Can I Future-Proof My Skills?

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Things seem to be shifting so quickly in the project management world. There are now multiple ways to run projects, and each article or online class suggests that their way is the best. I need to be planning for the next 20 years of my career, hopefully including promotions to higher levels of responsibility. What do I need to embrace and learn in order to remain relevant and help my employer achieve success​?

A. Project management techniques remain the same in principle, regardless of how our customers’ wants and needs vary. As long as you have a PMP® certification and at least two others, you are golden until at least 2042.

B. Plan to work for another five years? 10? 20? The way you need to do projects is guaranteed to change, regardless of the company or type of projects you do. The key is to look ahead and master more flexible types of management styles so that you can adjust to changes in the workplace as they unexpectedly jump out at you.

C. It is inevitable that more and more of the work of human project managers will be usurped by robotic, online software and virtual reality. With the advent of computers, many of the important skills of a PM are now available in an application. For the most relevance and job security …

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