The world of projects is evolving fast. Some might say faster than most companies can keep up with. Take Agile as an example. A lot of large corporate organisations are only just adopting Agile as a way of working despite the original Agile Software Development Manifesto emerging way back in 2001. Does this mean that companies with more advanced and forward thinking views on how to deliver projects will become the ‘ best in class’?
There has also been a huge increase in the number of Project Managers in the marketplace with what would seem like only a small number of highly experienced, ‘top quality’ individuals out there and the majority being either distinctly average, or even worse needing significant development. And this number is only going to get bigger with students graduating from the numerous Project Management degrees that have become available over the last ten years. So how will the market cope with all these PM’s, and has the job market expanded in line with this?
With the advancement of automation across all industries, more and more stages of the project lifecycle are able to be done at the ‘press of a button’. Add to this such things as AI technologies and Blockchain opportunities, it would appear inevitable that companies will see huge cost saving opportunities in the delivery of projects (potentially in the £millions). So what does this mean for the future of all the traditional project roles as we know them? In fact is there a future for them at all or are we starting to see a seismic shift in the project world that will radically change the way we do change?