Predictions for Project Management–2016

As the last remnants of glitter disappear from your clothing and hair after ringing in the new year and our bellies aren’t so full from holiday meals full of homemade cookies and delightful treats, offices around the world are surely coming back to life, marking the beginning of a new fiscal year.

With each new year, new technologies and innovations shape and mold industries into almost unrecognizable forms, and with that, those involved need to keep up or get left behind.

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When it comes to project management, the industry is regarded as fairly static. However, there are a few under the radar shifts and movements in order to refocus efforts and evolve the industry into the most successful it can possibly be.

With these small shifts and changes brings in a new perspective on the discipline of project management and what it means to be involved in it. With the start of the new year, Brad Egeland of CIO.com put together a list predictions for project management in 2016.

Here are a few that really stand out to me:

  • Chief Project Officers: While we’ve all heard of CEOs and CFOs, in recent years, we’ve seen an influx of and have become more familiar with the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Marking Officer (CMO) positions. 2016 will see the rise of the CPO, however it could indicate the end of the PMO director position and/or centralized project management offices if the position is being brought in-house.
  • No Certification? No Problem: While most job postings will indicate their preference for applicants to have their PM certifications, research has shown that PM certifications are rarely, if ever, brought up during the interview process. What’s more valuable than a certification? Experience, proven results, and references.
  • Rise of Virtual Teams: Sitting on the opposite side of the coin of the rise of CPOs within businesses is the growth of virtual teams. With innovative technology, those around the globe are able to discover the talents of project management offices (PMOs) halfway around the globe, and will be able to work in tandem, without ever meeting face to face. Not only is this an affordable alternative to hiring an in-house CPO or outside PMO, but it’s a way to utilize the “best of the best” in the business without forcing a geographic relocation.

While static, project management is extremely critical to a businesses success, especially in the innovative and ever-evolving world we live in today. I look forward to discovering what predictions come to fruition!