Top 10 Project Management Predictions for 2019

1 February 2019
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top ten project management predictions for 2019

As we wrap up yet another busy year, all eyes inevitably turn towards the coming one. And in anticipating new expectations and objectives; we also wonder what new challenges lie in store for us.

The world and markets are constantly changing but the start of a new year gives us the opportunity to reflect back on everything and look forward to what can be improved.

That being said, and to help you prepare; here are 10 predictions we see shaping the Project Management world in 2019.

  1. Working remotely with consultants on project basis
    Already having made its entrance in the market, remote working will continue to rise in the new year bringing a widening international resource pool to PMs at no extra cost or effort. A greater liberty to overlook frontiers when selecting resources means PMs will need to maintain high standards of visibility and communication for resources in 2019.
  2. The importance of effective collaboration
    An increase in remote working inevitably leads to a rise in the importance of effective communication between teams. As resources become increasingly mobile and frontiers are erased, PMs and project teams will depend on effective collaboration more than ever to achieve productivity. In the new year, teams will need to focus on working as one to achieve their objectives more efficiently and with greater ease.

  3. The changing role of project management
    An evolving market requires us to adapt constantly. This is especially true of PMs whose roles are evolving in reflection of the changing environment. Technological advances, a rise in remote working, and ever tighter deadlines mean PMs are increasingly having to adopt an agile work philosophy as traditional long-term planning is no longer cutting it.

  4. Adapting to changing project goals
    With an ever faster-paced and demanding work environment, its primordial to be quick and responsive to survive. Just as today’s most successful businesses are those that were able to react and progress with the times; the most successful PMs will be those that are flexible and can adapt to change. As the demand for more dynamic PMs rises, it’s likely we see this translate into a shift towards younger PMs going forward.

  5. The necessity of work management and prioritization
    Already an important factor; with an increasingly dynamic environment and shrinking deadlines it is now, more than ever, critical for PMs and teams to effectively manage their work. The challenge of breaking down complex projects into smaller manageable parts that can be divided into tasks and arranged into a timeline has been vastly facilitated by Gantt charts and Kanban boards. Mastering these will be a necessity moving into the new year, in order to reach objectives and maintain a dynamic workflow afloat the choppy waters of project management today.

  6. The changing demand for PM tools
    The trend for lighter tools continues to grow. Customers are looking for tools that have short adoption times, are user-friendly and that give them increased flexibility and speed. Quick and easy solutions help motivate remote teams to get on board and collaborate. This is why we will continue to see PPM vendors trying to satisfy this demand in the market – whether by diversification or M&A or investing in new capabilities – eager not to miss out on this significant market opportunity.
  7. The evolution and expansion of the PPM world
    In a world that is constantly changing, the notion of standards is slowly becoming obsolete. Likewise, customers are no longer fitting into molds and providers are forced to adapt accordingly. The PPM market thus continues to grow to accommodate these transformational needs arising from a variety of sources: new user groups, different-sized companies, different deployments and contract options, changing project environments and new use cases, goals and challenges.

  8. The spread of AI to different realms of our lives
    With a growing trend and presence of artificial intelligence in our personal lives, via the likes of Siri, Alexa and Google home; it’s only natural that our work lives follow lead. Project management has a lot to gain from an infusion of AI whether it be through interactive interfaces or intuitive scheduling capabilities. The automated assistance is undoubtedly going to be increasingly more present; changing our habits and adding a new angle of efficiency to project management as we know it.

  9. The demand for hybrid management
    Where project management methodologies used to fall into distinct categories; the lines are now blurred and look likely to disappear altogether. Waterfall methodology is no longer capable of meeting  current management demands within increasingly diverse corporate structures and strategies. As the client base diversifies it’s only natural that hybrid processes are sought to adapt to different scenarios. As methodology diversifies, so project managers will have to be more flexible and feel confident with hybrid approaches.

  10. The entrance of Millennials
    As being a PMP requires a certain work experience and thus age, Millennials are only newly beginning to enter the world of project management as the older ones of the generation hit their later mid-30s. Their entrance will be followed by a progressive growth over the years and this is bound to shape a new era in PM. With a tendency towards agile methodology and chat-oriented applications; it’s likely there will be a growing tendency towards ad hoc tools and away from traditional/heavy PM software solutions.

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