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3 Workplace Trends That Will Affect Project Managers

We’ll show you how to effectively manage projects in the next section. But first, we need context. Here are three workplace trends that will affect all project managers in 2020. Without an understanding of these trends, you won’t be able to do your job properly.

1. Technology Will Continue To Expand

It should come as no surprise to you to learn that technology will continue to progress in 2020 and beyond. As a project manager, you need to be prepared for technological advances, especially as they pertain to artificial intelligence and automation. AI will allow project managers to easily collect the data they need and automation will allow them to use said data on autopilot, saving them time that can then be spent on other tasks. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to become an expert on AI automation. But you do need to have a general idea of how these technologies can assist you in your project management efforts. We suggest speaking to thought leaders in the field this year and acquiring a basic understanding of the tech.

2. PMS Will Diversify Methodology

In years past, project managers would typically subscribe to a single project management methodology. There are many to choose from, but some of the most popular are:

  • Agile: This methodology was originally created for software development teams in order to provide them with a clear structure in which to innovate. Users are asked to break down large tasks into manageable chunks and tackle them in short sprints. It’s a great methodology for product development purposes where constant change is the norm.‍
  • Waterfall: The Waterfall methodology is rigid. It’s a linear approach to project management where things flow in one direction, like a waterfall. Once one phase has been completed, teams are allowed to move onto the next — but never before.‍
  • Kanban: The Kanban methodology was first developed in the 1940s by Toyota. It’s a highly visual project management workflow that allows users to easily see their projects and identify potential bottlenecks, usually via a board of some kind. Users can look at the board and quickly determine what needs to be done now, as well as next steps.‍

Each of these project management methodologies have proved successful for the teams that use them on a regular basis. But here’s the thing: in 2020, project managers will likely need to rely on multiple methodologies to accomplish their work in an efficient manner. This is due to modern projects growing more complex day by day.

A hybrid approach to project management will allow teams to take the most effective aspects of each methodology, combine them into a unique workflow, and produce better results faster.‍

3. Remote Work Will Continue To Grow

Lastly, all project managers need to realize that remote work is NOT some passing fad. Experts on the topic expect the number of remote workers to increase in the coming years. In fact, 70% of the workforce is expected to work remotely, at least part of the time, by 2025. What does this mean in regards to project management?

The way you, as a project manager, oversee your projects might have to change. We’ll talk more about remote project management in a later section, but for now, just realize that communication techniques, the right software tools, and a quality hiring processes will prove indispensable to you as a project manager in 2020 and beyond.

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