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How has the role of project manager changed over the years?

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Surely they are becoming more agile, but do you think they will take over some functional management positions down the road?

Other changes that might not be so obvious?
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Michael, with agile practices you mention above, you are right.

When I look back, the most important change over the years from my point of view is to increasingly recognize the important factor "people in the project" (communication, collaboration, conflict management, ....)

Michael, I see the melding of agile with traditional. In the past, my role had been more of a controller to get things done. I see that role changing to more of a facilitator, where I help others manage themselves as self-empowered teams. If I am doing my job right, more people will be gaining autonomy.

Techniques change and evolve (waterfall -- agile) but the fundamental project manager DNA is the same. Ensure a crystal clear goal, ensure there is a clear path to getting to the goal, mitigate risks, drive resolution to issues, enforce accountability, remove roadblocks along the way, celebrate wins, and be the one to take the bullet if things don't go well. That hasn't change in the 30 years I've been driving projects.

Waterfall, DevOps, Agile.. They are all going to include Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Control and Closure.
The PM Processes will remain the same. It is the methodology as per the need of the project which is hand picked. These days it is focusing on Agile as more and more companies are trying to move with the fast pace of their EEFs. But think about Companies / Markets / Industries, that are still following the traditional methods for production. So it is more a matter of choice of steps you want to document and take with all stakeholders.

Over the years we have become much more honestly about risks in projects.

I was doing iterative software development in the early 90's, but we didn't call it 'agile'. I think the labels change and the techniques evolve. The basic 'blocking and tackling' of project management is pretty foundational. I would like to think that the discipline is evolving to more project 'leadership', focusing on excellence and driving results vs project 'management' , which focuses on what you do more than outcomes.

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