2018 trends in project and process management

The beginning of a year is the best time to take stock of the past and to look into the future. We asked the leading consultants of PMB Dmitry Lukyanov and Aleksey Gromyko to share new trends in project and process management, which will be relevant in 2018.

Our consultants identified 8 main trends:

  1. The speed of change will increase. Changes have become so integral to the life of companies regardless of the scope of their activities that it already leads to integration of industries. To stay afloat in our volatile world, more and more companies will professionally manage transformation projects.
  2. Strategic project-process offices. Companies have learned to create strategies and roadmaps, but have not yet learned how to implement them. And when the question “Who is to blame?” is replaced with the question “What shall we do?”, one of the best answers will be organising corporate project-process office.
  3. The absence of the one “correct” methodology. Any methodology/framework contains both applicable and not applicable recommendations for a single company. Mixed methodologies/frameworks (AgileFall, Scrumban, Lean Six Sigma, etc.) are increasingly popular. This trend will base on the need to link together the processes of large corporations and small self-organised teams.
  4. De-bureaucratisation of business processes. Long and boring regulations will continue to become less popular and attractive. They will be replaced by digitised models of business processes that can be quickly changed, supplemented and re-launched. Employees will increasingly study the company’s business processes in an interactive online format.
  5. Cloud technology. Both project and process management technology are steadily migrating to the clouds. New players will be appearing on the cloud solutions market; the old ones will rethink their solutions and offer something new. The dynamics of competitive struggle promises to be very intense. The right choice of tools will largely influence how long you will not need to change them in the future 😉
  6. Fast certification. Fewer and fewer people are ready to invest in long-term certification programs to confirm their professional knowledge. The market has quickly adopted, and began to offer “fast” certification. Coming for a 2-to-3-day training, you can expect to become a certified specialist at the end of it, regardless of your current level of professional experience. The demand for this kind of certification will grow and the certification line will expand. The downside of this process is that in the eyes of business, the mere possession of a certificate will be devalued.
  7. Fast education. Because of the ever-accelerating pace of life, maintaining focus for 2, 3 or 4 days of training is becoming more difficult. Teaching programs will be shortened in time with the preservation of the topics discussed. Online formats with a tendency towards micro learning will become more and more popular. The demand for customised programs will grow, taking into account the challenges facing a particular project/team/company, at the junction of different topics and formats. Standard trainings, as we knew them before, are a thing of the past.
  8. Prioritisation and focus. Every year, the number of opportunities and ideas only increases. Three skills come to the fore: choosing the most important initiatives for implementation; creating the right conditions for the allocation of resources primarily to these initiatives; focusing on bringing these initiatives to a logical conclusion.
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