Trends in Project Management
The role is shifting into a dual function of the project management role, where project manager is both a manager and an analyst. This has always been the case in most:
*projects that require specialized skills, as in for example SAP, Oracle - modeling, simulation and analytics - regardless of the size of the organization;
*small organizations/ teams;
Some additional trends I am seeing:
*Globalization of project and programs
*Enteprise-wide project management technology tools (such as SharePoint and Project Server)
*Integration with other frameworks (Six Sigma, ITIL, etc.) to increase business efficiency and effectiveness
*Integration of project management with business objectives/goals (providing value and ROI to the business)
*Lots of soft skills and leadership training (strategic and creative thinking, conflict resolution, influencing others, etc.)
Also training that improves the thinking that takes place on a project to help improve the decision making. This improves the overall success rate of projects giving an excellent return on training investment. That helps ensure that the project managers and their key team members employ whole-brain thinking skills. Using all four thinking quadrants eliminates blind-spots and ensures higher levels of buy-in and support for decisions. It also lowers debates and regurgitation time in decision making processes.
Another emerging trend in PM is the use of Agile methods. Larger companies are starting to see some of the benefits of using the Agile method.