New Emerging Trends of Project Management In 2018

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2018 is passing with a great speed. PMBOK 6th edition edition got affected in PMP exams from 26th march 2018. New trends of project management are changing the whole ecosystem.

To stay successful as a project manager, you should keep yourself updated with the latest trends. I conducted a survey of experts at various forums and have compiled best answers here. Let’s have a quick view on best answers:

Nandina Sharma Sehdev, Marketing Engineer at Proofhub Says:

"2018 is looking forward to highlight some of the project management trends that is going to have a significant impact on the project management in near future.

Digital Project ManagementTools:

Digital Tools are must for managing projects. They are simply tremendous. Pick a digital tool depending on your workflow, teams and tools that will work better all the time for your business.

Digital project management tools will help project managers manage their projects and help tackle problems to make their work more productive. You can also automate most of your tasks using a digital tool on daily basis for being profitable in the future.

Emotional Intelligence:

A project manager need to have an understanding of emotional intelligence and it will become a growing and influential trend in project management industry.

Project manager need to have the ability to track schedules and budgets for their projects that demands efficiency and productivity. Your emotional intelligence will determine your ability to resolve issue and the success of your project.

Emphasis on Soft Skills:

It is the soft skills in reality that helps us to move forward in our career. The right soft skills like leadership, collaboration and communication will give you an edge and will determine whether you fit in the company culture.

The soft skills are going to be more valued as the demand for the project management is growing, emphasis on soft skills will become the new trend.

Along with the best practices, human interaction side will also be treated important. Project managers will develop a constructive way to address issues of project management as soft skills is becoming high in demand.

The Rise of Business Agile:

Project management software is more appealing to meet the needs of today’s project managers. It is just a trend that enables project managers to deliver high-priority and high quality projects.

It can be challenging to manage Agile and give necessary risks to innovation bringing quick change. Today’s smart organizations are no longer using waterfall project management and have started using an Agile approach.

2018 will see project managers hitting key milestones and provide fast project status with Agile project methodology. Project managers can streamline collaboration and decision making and bringing the results they want to.

The internet of Things:

Internet of things is going to be one of the greatest project management trends. It will affect every part of business. IoT will drive next opportunities and bring a notable effect in 2018.

It will be in project management software and in the project management role itself. It will change the face of project management by allowing team collaboration, increase in project timelines, enhanced security and will allow remote controlling of objects.

Kanban Boards:

Kanban Board is increasingly being integrated into more structured project management. It is composed of a grid to manage workflow that are smaller and solve all your performance of poor project by adding more control mechanism.

It can be used well for those projects that are more likely to have changes for an efficient way to limit work in progress and avoid multitasking. The adaptation of Kanban will let project managers embrace innovation to manage their projects.

It offers managers a centralized place to manage lists, tasks and files with wide packages that can be applied to every situation.

More of Professionalism:

Project management is facing today some big challenges related to project and jobs that are quickly growing to keep up with professionalism. As the project work is huge and complicated, professionalism is important for project managers to form a distinct occupational group.

Using a project management software will give you a professional framework for getting your work done. Professionalism in project management will raise future standards, increase trust that others bestow, improve business relationships at all level and provide a greater chance of success.

Remote Teams:

Remote working teams is becoming a standard in the world of project management. More and more companies are embracing the concept of distributed teams to keep talent from around the world for their projects.

Workers are also Looking for flexibility in work to save hours and their energy. This trend is on rise and project management for remote teams will continue with the collaborative trend.

Project managers are going to invest in technology and tools to promote communication over a wide variety of platforms and foster day-to-day growth in distance work. With the right team collaboration tools, remote work can be managed effectively and can be more productive.

Social Responsibility and Accountability:

Social responsibility is becoming a part of project management and will lead to increase is better accountability in teams. Trustworthiness and accountability will embrace responsibility to encourage a positive impact on environment, employees, stakeholders and other members.

People are increasingly willing to do business with companies that conduct themselves in ways that are socially responsible and accountable. Project managers can change their companies socially responsible behavior at the local level with an improvement in workplace regulations, environmental protections and employee rights.

Collaboration at Workplace:

In the coming years, we are going to see fundamental shift in collaboration in project management. A project manager will need to bring change management to turn in their deliverable.

With the change in hierarchies, there is a change where people are generally asked for who do they work with. Collaboration at workplace on projects is becoming a necessity for success. With wider teams and project managers need to have a knowledge of how to engage stakeholders to bring better results.

Also, in project teams, collaborative nature of project management holds utmost importance.”

Mike Clayton, Founder of OnlinePMCourses says:

“Thank you for your A2A.

In fact, I stand by the 12 trends I wrote about last year:

These were, briefly:

  1. Dedicated Project Management Offices (PMOs)

  2. Strategic Project Management

  3. The Talent Agenda

  4. Training for Soft Skills

  5. The Integration with Change Management

  6. The Shift to Agile

  7. Project Management as a Core Skill

  8. Governance, Accountability, and CSR

  9. Cloud-based collaboration

  10. Getting to Grips with Global Virtual Teams

  11. Use of Big data

  12. Crowd-sourcing and Gamification

I also offered two bonuses

  1. Online Career Networking

  2. Online Learning

Please don’t read the order as a priority listing. In the article, I have grouped them into themes, and described them fully.

Important trends do not come and go in a year. So, I think ‘trends for 2018’ is a little narrow in focus.

But I’d like to add one that I think has emerged:

The 6th Edition of the PMBoK has notably introduced Agile. But not only have I covered that in the list above, but this is hardly a new trend. or me, the new thing is the focus on customization and tailoring of methodologies to circumstances.

Good project managers have, of course, always done this. But both PMI, in PMBoK 6, and Axelos, in PRINCE2: 2017, have emphasized this. So, I suspect it will gain more traction.

So, I think we’ll see more experienced PMs within organizations being called on to coach and mentor newer ones. And I think more experienced freelance PMs will start to offer this as a high-value service.

Kritika Pandey SEO at Software Suggest says:

“Projects are the lifeblood of any business organization – managing them through cost-effective, timely and productive trends is absolutely critical for any company to enhance the overall bottom line. The future is here, and 2018 is going to be the year of innovative trends for project management software trends that are surely going to keep the business world buzzing with excitement.

Every small to medium sized organization needs to be in touch with futuristic industry project management software trends in order to achieve its deliverable within the desired time frame. The scope of new project management trends is booming and it’s time to quickly adapt some brand new project related movements that will shape the coming future. 

Jonathan Bush, 16 years experienced project management professional says:

“The biggest trend I can see is the march towards Agile, even for project that really need to be waterfall. You aren’t allowed a meeting any more - You have to hold a stand up. A phase is one or more sprints. This is, IMHO, stupid.

Agile is meant for the situation where the development capability and the target environment already exist. For example, you are writing apps for mobile phones, or delivering updates to an existing web site. All you need to do is write some code. It gets compiled and tested and, if it works, it gets deployed.

In my world of infrastructure, life seldom allows this. Even with cloud computing,with all of its virtualisation and layers of abstraction, you still have an order.

I am working on a project that uses the Oracle cloud. High level steps included:

  1. Sizing

  2. Costing

  3. Obtaining funding

  4. Buy the PAAS provision from Oracle

  5. Set up the initial master userids

  6. Build environments, consisting of CPU engines, databases, storage, etc.

These cannot be done in parallel, but can only follow a classic waterfall.”

David Miller, Senior Researcher at Proprofs says:

“Project management is undergoing changes as companies across the globe face new challenges. From collaboration to delivering quality outcomes, managers can spot risks everywhere, at every stage. But coming up with a strategic plan can become a daunting task. This is where knowledge on the biggest trends for project management will come in handy.

Some of the latest trends of project management in 2018 are:

  1. Integration of Analytics Tool: Project teams have understood that such tools enable them to look out for project trends. Other than than, they are also enabled to fast track the ability to identify potential risks, and conduct complex scenario planning to improve project and team performance accurately.

  2. Hiring More Remote Employees: The trend of hiring remote employees is sure to step up in 2018. Employers are able to comprehend the various advantages of hiring remote employees that include a higher degree of workforce satisfaction, a reduction in sick time, and reduced administrative or logistical overheads.

  3. Integration of Project Management Tool: From start-ups to enterprises, all have started adopting easy project management tool to help them deliver quality outcomes to client before or on time. They are great to collaborate with clients and with teams, manage task delegation, and provide detailed reports to clients easily.

But the trends aren’t limited to those given above. There are more. Except, if you’d like to start adopting the new trends to your organization, then starting of with them will become beneficial for all.

Hope this helped! “

Chuck Cobb, Agile PM Author, Mentor and Instructor says:

“The convergence of traditional plan-driven project management and Agile Project Management.

PMI has recognized Agile for a number of years with the introduction of the PMI-ACP certification but Agile and traditional plan-driven project management have essentially been treated as separate and independent domains of knowledge with little or no integration between the two.

There is increasing recognition that these two approaches are complementary to each other rather than competitive and after March of this year, for the first time, the PMP exam will include material on both.

That’s a recognition that there isn’t just one way to do project management and project managers need to learn how to integrate Agile and traditional plan-driven project management in the right proportions to fit any given situation.”

Ron Rosenhead, international project management author and speaker says:

1. More of an appreciation of people. Processes can and have contributed to project delivery however it is people who deliver projects. I am being asked for project management with soft skills included in the programme (this USA course is one in point). Thus I see more of a focus on soft skill development including stakeholder management engagement, communication, influencing and how do prevent and deal with conflict

2. A focus on key projects to be delivered. There are often too many projects and the focus should be that any project should fit the overall business objectives. But how many do? The trend is towards examining the overall portfolio and ensuring that a company has the capacity and skills to deliver the projects in its portfolio

3. Dancing lightly! I mean being more agile, not agile project management, but agile in the way companies manage change. The rate of change is so quick that companies are often too slow or bureaucratic in ensuring they meet this change head on.

Being agile means that companies can respond quickly, the chain of command allows this and I see companies recognizing that they must adapt or simply flounder     

4. Benefits management – appreciating the importance of this area and ensuring benefits management is built into each project. 

Posted on: April 26, 2018 06:06 AM | Permalink

Comments (9)

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Very informative. Thanks

Thank you sir :)

I always love the Kanban board. Thanks Atif.

Very good information, thanks

Good article, and thanks for sharing.

Atif, this is a very good post. Why don’t you submit it as an article and I am confident PMi will approve to publish it.

Well done Atef, very interesting and informative

Great post!

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