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3 Things I'll Be Keeping An Eye On In 2020

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By Dave Wakeman

I never like to miss a trend, so since 2020 is just around the corner, I thought I would put together a few of the ideas I’m going to be exploring in the coming year. My hope is that you all will reply in the comments section with some of your own ideas and areas of focus.

We can call it a prediction post, without predictions. Here are the three things that I’ll be focusing on in 2020:

Economic Uncertainties

As I’m writing this, the United Kingdom is holding an election to try to clarify what they will or won’t do about Brexit. And I likely don’t have to tell you there’s an election in the United States in 2020. 

Alone, these two things mean little to most project managers, but underlying these elections is a sense of economic uncertainty due to some of the issues that are driving them. 

This is a big idea to pay attention to because the U.S. and the U.K. are two of the largest economies in the world. All of us have to pay attention because potential ripple effects could sideline our projects, cut our budgets, or just cause a general sense of uncertainty to seep into our work. 

I’ll be checking the economic pulse constantly in 2020 because uncertainty of any kind can have a big impact on business, the economy and our jobs. 

Climate Change

I’m back from Australia, and while I was there New South Wales was dealing with severe brush fires. Some have attributed the fires to the impact of climate change.

Whether climate change is an attributed factor in these fires or not, the trend of weather patterns being more severe is impacting population centers around the world. 

I’ll keep an eye on this because where there are challenges, there are opportunities. As project managers, the opportunity to mitigate the impact of severe weather is a huge chance to hone our skills, develop new solutions and work on things that really do have a significant, real-world impact. 

For me, I’m going to look at every major weather event and ask what were the lessons learned, what could we do to handle it better, and what is the trend line for this kind of event so that I can better understand where my skills and mindset can add the most value.    

Changes in Technology

We take it for granted that technology is moving fast and changing the way we approach our lives and careers. I’ve been running out the flag that technology is a tool we should be using to improve our ability to do the things that only we, as humans, can accomplish.   

Maybe it will be a theme of the new year—I don’t know.

But what I will say is that technology has been a crutch for a lot of us over the last few years, and as much as it improves our ability to do things, it also jams us up or sends us down a rabbit hole of needless activity. 

In 2020, I’m going to keep an eye on how we are using technology. Can we find ways to take mundane, repetitive tasks off our plates and give us the freedom to do the things that really add value?

Or, are we continuing to allow technology to drive us and make us a tool of technology’s use?

From my point of view, keeping an eye on technology likely means spending more time focusing on the outcomes I need to achieve and thinking through how technology supports them, instead of getting lost in all the cool features that a solution has to offer. 

But enough about me. Where are you going to focus your attention in 2020?

Posted by David Wakeman on: December 16, 2019 08:44 AM | Permalink

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Dear David
Interesting your reflection
Thanks for sharing

Using the same guidelines my predictions are

I am convinced that once freed from the clutches of the UE the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel can create a new bloc in geostrategic and therefore economic terms and with an important say in terms of technology

A bit more of global warming but with key players whistling aside and delaying decisions

Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence and 5G will be on the table

Interesting question. I haven't thought through but I think my main focus will be "inwards" instead of "external" world to see what I can improve - For example, improve my emotional intelligence skills, enhance my influence (i.e. expand boundaries by increasing circle of influence), grow as a "servant" leader, continue to learn every day, write regularly, try minimalist life, build on network, connect with "like minded" people and collaborate, physically "super fit", and continue to implement the philosophy - Open to Everything & Attach to Nothing!!!

Interesting discussion. Improve my communication and relationship with business users.

Interesting, the USA and UK are some big players in the international economy but don't underestimate China, it may already be bigger!

Still puzzled about UK choice for Brexit and many other countries closing themself.

All of this impact project on a regular basis


Rusia and China will take advantage of distraccion in USA and UK in their election to expand his economy and making new treateds with countries that provide food, raw materials and energy
in exchange of their products an services


the minerals and the oil and gas reserves of South America will be an actor that could move the world economy if left-handed parties beat the right hand parties in counties like Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina who want to sold their raw materials to Rusia and China instead of USA and European Union

There are new oportunities for invest in infraestructure of emergin countries in South America.

5G, APP,

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