PPPM is not changing. It's transforming.

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Two days after PMI Congress in Barcelona, the information is still digesting. Future is going to be really...challenging. We will have a war of talents. Innovation, disruption, digital - will be key concepts for our lives. More details you can find in this excellent article written by my friend Laura (on this blog).

I do have an objections (more like a small correction). PPPM is not changing, is transforming. 

A new paper on medicine or technology usually dedicates its first chapter to evolution. Considered as solid base sciences, they imposed a specific approach: in order to prepare a professional well-documented paper, the author(s) have to mention all related-to-the-subject progress. Most of the time, their demonstrations are based on previous work on the subject. This is actually what scientists call evolution.

Based on different size discoveries or changes, evolution is the basic “tool” for development in traditional historical sciences. For “new comers” – like project management – situation is different. Concepts don’t have years of analysis and usage. Standards are not perfectly aligned and debates rises in many situations. Practitioners and students don’t expect spectacular discoveries, but they do expect change and (why not?) evolution.

But, in my opinion, project management evolution cannot find its roots so easily in the previous work. The only way to progress in this case is transformation. Everything – methods, definitions, roles – gets new powerful meanings using this transformation. Moreover, initial concept of “project” is suffering a specific transformation related to the evolution of each field.

Even during the EMEA Congress, there were people predicting that project management will disappear. We will have just continuos value delivery and no temporary organisations with unique, but static results. I don't think this is the case. But, these discussions show that a "project management" transformation is taking place. 

Are we ready for it?

PMI Global Congress provides you an excellent forum to develop your professional and personal skills, apart from networking within an intercultural environment, learning and experiencing.

Posted by Catalin Dogaru on: May 13, 2016 11:39 AM | Permalink

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Your statement "in my opinion, project management evolution cannot find its roots so easily in the previous work. The only way to progress in this case is transformation." and some opinions from your post seem to me quite misleading for the readers.

Project management discipline, as a social science, didn''t pop up out of the blue ! It has its deep roots in organizational management (mainly, production ones) and its core paradigms related to management are traced back to Henry Fayol from the end of XIX century. More than fifty years ago, management disciplines have evolved in new species, PM discipline being on of them.

I didn''t notice a transformation of PM discipline, but a strong trend to transform the project manager role, using talent triangle, to act in a larger organizational context.
My question is: will the organizational context - aka, other executive functions - allow him to act and manage things to make a successful project delivery ? :-)

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