September 28 & 29, 2020 | Virtual
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Project Management has evolved over Time, and plays an integral part of the organisation through involvement in the strategic and operational objectives. Projects drive an outcome or an initiative with specific timeline and cost; with the influences of ‘PPT’ streams, i.e. People ; Processes; Technology, at the ‘Internal’ or ‘External’ considerations.
The challenge for project managers, be it today, tomorrow or any point of Time, is to obtain clarity, by aligning their personal or professional vision, with the shared vision of the teams, organisations, and communities. Clarity leads to a transformation at the individual or at any level, when all factors are in an ‘Utopia’ state.
I'm retired then so I would say getting along without me :)
Seriously though I would say the biggest challenge would be to manage risk associated with AI. This is not saying that it is bad but that is probably the timeframe in which AI will see significant adoption in all areas and there are sure to be a lot of new unknowns that will become known creating new and interesting risk.
I do agree “things are changing”, but in my opinion things are always changing – So, whether it’s 2020, 2025 or 2030 project managers will be confronted with the same theme they have always been faced with, that is, how to stay relevant and competitive in the marketplace (whether that be their current positions or future endeavors).
So, in my opinion, the greatest challenge for a PM (now and in the future) is “continual personal knowledge growth.” Stated another way, we should never become complacent that our knowledge is adequate; instead, we should always be pursuing an increase in areas such as:
- domain knowledge (above and beyond the technical PM domain)
- agility in the face of change
- leadership and influence
- communication and collaboration
Taking this route largely insulates us from “next innovation” based concerns. I agree we need to stay abreast of new technologies, but we also should keep our feet firmly planted in the present need.
While I agree with all that's been said I would have to say technology itself will cause us our greatest challenge.
Don't get me wrong I am a fan of technology and have seen from my work it's capabilities in BI, AI and other forms.
My concerns are around the human element aspect. More and more we rely on technology to solve all our problems yet the largest cause of challenges within project delivery I see are based on people resistance. These include buy-in, adoption, objection, promotion, blockers and in most cases not understanding how these new initiatives benefit them.
With the use of messaging, emails, social media, etc we rely on people to understanding a vision by reading about it. Yet we all know that by simply having a chat about someone's pain points helps to create a connection and in a lot of cases, gives us a golden opportunity for collaboration and improvement.
So I think the greatest challenge will be to continue evolving technology while making space for our basic human needs.
Really things are changing at a "dizzying" speed
2025 may seem close (practically 5 years) but, given what is happening, it is very difficult to predict.
I dare say that it is improving skills in:
- Team work
- Interpersonal relationships (ability to listen and understand, and to create synergy)
- Business knowledge and alignment of projects with the strategy of companies (organizations)
I imagine that all technical activities are carried out by robots
The same than today. The problem is when people confuse tools and techniques with project management itself. So, in my humble opinion, if you are focused on tools and techniques you will always run behind the wave except you are a project manager specialized in a specific domain.
Depending on how successful we are in overcoming the projected environmental and natural resource challenges over the next couple of decades, sustainability will be a much greater source of opportunities AND threats.
Artificial Intelligence, Sustainability and Global Warming (It will for sure affect fields like the Construction)
AI would play a significant role.
Given the world of digital transformation, technology will definitely impact the PM role. As tools become "smarter" the need for technical skills like scheduling, cost management etc. will require less effort. Project management can be expected to become more soft skills focused and the ability to integrate with strategic direction on a program/protfolio level.
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