Project Management

Are These 4 Possible PM Futures Encouraging...or Scary?

Mark Mullaly is president of Interthink Consulting Incorporated, an organizational development and change firm specializing in the creation of effective organizational project management solutions. Since 1990, it has worked with companies throughout North America to develop, enhance and implement effective project management tools, processes, structures and capabilities. Mark was most recently co-lead investigator of the Value of Project Management research project sponsored by PMI. You can read more of his writing at

What does the future hold? It’s something that we all would like to know.

We have been trying to anticipate the future of project management almost since it was conceived. That’s a fairly recent occurrence, comparatively speaking, and project management is considered to still be maturing. Much of this evolution depends on how organizations continue to evolve their approach to project management in the future, and the degree to which a consensus emerges about how to most effectively deliver value in how project management gets practiced.

A lot of speculation about the future of project management gets wrapped up in technology or tools. There has been a great deal of innovation on this front, which is incredibly exciting. There are new takes on how collaboration and delivery can be supported and sustained that are enormously appealing. However, software at its best only supports that practices that are in place. It is in how organizations choose to manage that the die is cast and the effectiveness of outcomes are determined.

Today, there is no one model that organizations are embracing. As outlined in my last article, there are a number of uncertainties that frame how project management will advance. Some of these are peripheral, and others are more substantive. Without a working crystal ball, we don’t have any concrete sense of how any of those will …

Please log in or sign up below to read the rest of the article.


Continue reading...

Log In
Sign Up

"A noble spirit enbiggens the smallest man"

- Jebediah Springfield