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 - etc.
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.