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Will Project Management ever stop evolving?
The common and accepted notion is that project management is still and will continue to evolve as time passes. From it being a practice to a full fledge profession and so on. With the many currents and future trends taking place and the field being highly receptive to change.

This begs the question, will there be an endpoint where the evolution stops and things become stabilized? Or will it continue to be a rolling wave as we see now?

Thoughts?
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Stephen

There will always be evolvement in project management because the world is evolving rapidly and the way we don things change for many reasons.

RK
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Jul 30, 2022 3:31 PM
Stephen Robin
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Thanks for the input Rami. Do you expect any massive changes to how project managers will get things done in the future in comparison to the current state? Or will there just be incremental changes here and there?
Stephen

as long as PM is living, is used, is thought about it will evolve. And there is a hugh untouched area of 8 billion people of which less than 100 million know a bit about project management.
As long as humans think about the time being linear and having a future state, we will try to reduce our insecurity about that future state. This is where project management plays a role, in addition to religion.

I imaging PM will die if there are no humans anymore.

Thomas
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Jul 30, 2022 4:06 PM
Stephen Robin
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Very good points. As long as it exists and humanity practices it, it will evolve. Interesting statistic as I wasn't aware of the number of those that are knowledgable was so low in comparison. I can predict that countries and regions that develop project management to a point where they create their own tools, techniques, methodologies, and governing bodies. Example Latin America and the Caribbean.

Would like to know how religion is a factor and how it ties into project management.
In my personal opinion, project management has not evolved in the core. What has evolved are the techniques and tools project managers can use to perform project management. In fact, in my humble opinion, the last version of PMBOK is an intent to show that the project management has evolved in the core and it is a failed attempt. So, my recommendation is to stay clear on the core and with that to use tools and techniques that best fit for the current situation you are trying to create a solution thinking in the future situation to achieve. Nothing new below the sun.
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Jul 30, 2022 4:20 PM
Stephen Robin
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Good points. Thanks for sharing. I presume what you mean by the core of project management is the principles and fundamentals which has stayed the same throughout history to the current era. The major additions are mainly through the revision and introduction of tools and techniques but the framework is essentially the same.

Would you say it is necessary that the core of project management needs change? Or is it good as it is?
Stephen -

While the principles of project management might remain constant, the tools and techniques for dealing with new, evolving contexts will continue to evolve.

An example is the greater emphasis now on sustainability - the whole green PM movement emerged over the last thirty years.

Kiron
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Jul 30, 2022 4:50 PM
Stephen Robin
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Good points Kiron. I noticed it aligns with what Sergio explaining. The core principles haven't changed although contexts will. Project Management is broad so areas of focus that were previously ignored and underutilized are now coming to the forefront. Green PM is a good example.

What areas do you think will have greater emphasis in the future?
Jul 29, 2022 6:11 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Stephen

There will always be evolvement in project management because the world is evolving rapidly and the way we don things change for many reasons.

RK
Thanks for the input Rami. Do you expect any massive changes to how project managers will get things done in the future in comparison to the current state? Or will there just be incremental changes here and there?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jul 31, 2022 12:11 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Stephen

This is heavily dependent on the industry - For example, in Healthcare, I expect major shifts while in Construction it will be incremental changes.

RK
Jul 30, 2022 4:45 AM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Stephen

as long as PM is living, is used, is thought about it will evolve. And there is a hugh untouched area of 8 billion people of which less than 100 million know a bit about project management.
As long as humans think about the time being linear and having a future state, we will try to reduce our insecurity about that future state. This is where project management plays a role, in addition to religion.

I imaging PM will die if there are no humans anymore.

Thomas
Very good points. As long as it exists and humanity practices it, it will evolve. Interesting statistic as I wasn't aware of the number of those that are knowledgable was so low in comparison. I can predict that countries and regions that develop project management to a point where they create their own tools, techniques, methodologies, and governing bodies. Example Latin America and the Caribbean.

Would like to know how religion is a factor and how it ties into project management.
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1 reply by Thomas Walenta
Aug 03, 2022 3:14 AM
Thomas Walenta
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Both PM and religions are based on fundamental beliefs, that cannot be or have not be proven. And people outside the belief system are often looking bemused at practitioners (followers) or champions (priests). Try to sell PM to some executives or at down-to-earth workers.

Some beliefs of project managers are that the systems approach of processes, KPIs etc. is improving outcomes. Did not happen in 50 years, but made practitioners happy. Or look at the sect of agilistas, believing in manifesto statements.

An other aspect of religion and PM is that current PM theory is based on rationality, data driven decision making or a linear time concept driven by protestantic thinking. It is very close to economic concepts, which also have many flaws in real life.

Though there are some approaches looking at the human side, irrationality, gut based decision making.
Jul 30, 2022 6:15 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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In my personal opinion, project management has not evolved in the core. What has evolved are the techniques and tools project managers can use to perform project management. In fact, in my humble opinion, the last version of PMBOK is an intent to show that the project management has evolved in the core and it is a failed attempt. So, my recommendation is to stay clear on the core and with that to use tools and techniques that best fit for the current situation you are trying to create a solution thinking in the future situation to achieve. Nothing new below the sun.
Good points. Thanks for sharing. I presume what you mean by the core of project management is the principles and fundamentals which has stayed the same throughout history to the current era. The major additions are mainly through the revision and introduction of tools and techniques but the framework is essentially the same.

Would you say it is necessary that the core of project management needs change? Or is it good as it is?
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Jul 31, 2022 7:14 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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You right Stephen. Relating Green PM, I follow those practices from long time ago as a complement of PMI way and now the PMI has made a join venture or something like that with them. My concern about that is the history, at least as far I know so I could be wrong, is when PMI made this type of things then the other organization and practices "disappear". Some things in the life are simple and repetitive like project management. Because of that, in my personal opinion, it was a good approach what the PMI took to create just a guide when a set of process and a set of techniques and practices people can take after analyzing what best fits for the initiative. The problem is lot of people did not understand that and a general misunderstanding about the guide is outside there. Mainly thinking about projects are the key thing instead of understand that projects are just a mean. Again, in my opinion, the PMI itself contribute to that to maintain and growth "his business" which is not good. But at the end, if you see how big is the PMI then it could be valid to think the strategy had good results for the PMI but not for lot of other people that works with projects. And today, this strategy, is making the PMI "stagger".
Jul 30, 2022 11:34 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Stephen -

While the principles of project management might remain constant, the tools and techniques for dealing with new, evolving contexts will continue to evolve.

An example is the greater emphasis now on sustainability - the whole green PM movement emerged over the last thirty years.

Kiron
Good points Kiron. I noticed it aligns with what Sergio explaining. The core principles haven't changed although contexts will. Project Management is broad so areas of focus that were previously ignored and underutilized are now coming to the forefront. Green PM is a good example.

What areas do you think will have greater emphasis in the future?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Jul 31, 2022 9:22 AM
Kiron Bondale
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A couple of areas of continued evolution will be the use of "smart" AI to improve project outcomes and sustainable project management.

Kiron
Jul 30, 2022 4:20 PM
Replying to Stephen Robin
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Good points. Thanks for sharing. I presume what you mean by the core of project management is the principles and fundamentals which has stayed the same throughout history to the current era. The major additions are mainly through the revision and introduction of tools and techniques but the framework is essentially the same.

Would you say it is necessary that the core of project management needs change? Or is it good as it is?
You right Stephen. Relating Green PM, I follow those practices from long time ago as a complement of PMI way and now the PMI has made a join venture or something like that with them. My concern about that is the history, at least as far I know so I could be wrong, is when PMI made this type of things then the other organization and practices "disappear". Some things in the life are simple and repetitive like project management. Because of that, in my personal opinion, it was a good approach what the PMI took to create just a guide when a set of process and a set of techniques and practices people can take after analyzing what best fits for the initiative. The problem is lot of people did not understand that and a general misunderstanding about the guide is outside there. Mainly thinking about projects are the key thing instead of understand that projects are just a mean. Again, in my opinion, the PMI itself contribute to that to maintain and growth "his business" which is not good. But at the end, if you see how big is the PMI then it could be valid to think the strategy had good results for the PMI but not for lot of other people that works with projects. And today, this strategy, is making the PMI "stagger".
Jul 30, 2022 4:50 PM
Replying to Stephen Robin
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Good points Kiron. I noticed it aligns with what Sergio explaining. The core principles haven't changed although contexts will. Project Management is broad so areas of focus that were previously ignored and underutilized are now coming to the forefront. Green PM is a good example.

What areas do you think will have greater emphasis in the future?
A couple of areas of continued evolution will be the use of "smart" AI to improve project outcomes and sustainable project management.

Kiron
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