2020 Trends in Project Management Series - Introduction
The year 2020 has been unique and challenging to say the least! The impacts have touched everyone on the planet. We are all exposed to the risks associated with a deadly Corona virus outbreak and the resulting physical, emotional, and financial impacts. We are experiencing travel restrictions, physical and social distancing, mask wearing, remote and flexible work arrangements, business closures, heightened racial tensions and enforced government lockdowns. The list goes on. This has all led to heightened uncertainty, volatility, and an accelerating pace of pervasive change.
These challenges have come at a time when project managers were already facing fast paced, increasingly complex and tightly integrated business environments in which they have been required to deliver project results more quickly and effectively.
Compounding this unprecedented combination of challenges are several emergent and growing disrupters. They include:
- Pervasive influences of Social Media
- An accelerating Digital Transformation
- The Gig Economy
- Extensive interconnections enabled by the Internet of Things
- Rapid advances in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
- Growth in Big Data analytic capabilities
These emergent disrupters are both hinderances and opportunities. Project Managers are being challenged to deliberately address the risks and exposures presented by these disrupters and at the same time turn them into opportunities.
Project Managers need the ability to recognize how these environmental challenges and disrupters are affecting their project teams and the clients they are serving. Armed with this insight, project managers need to make decisions and take actions that will enable them to be successful despite the negative impacts of these factors.
So…what is the Project Management community doing in response to these challenges?
The top 3 trends in Project Management in 2020 that are enabling Project Managers to succeed in a business world that is being impacted by the current turmoil are:
1. Cultural & Emotional Intelligence
2. Hybrid Project Delivery
3. Application of Technology to project delivery
Join us for our week-long blog series - we will provide a deep-dive into each of these three trends every day this week, and we will end the week with our conclusions on the impact these trends will have for project managers. Check back in tomorrow, we will take you through Trend #1: Cultural and Emotional Intelligence.