At every level, leaders of project-based work are forced to be more responsive to unanticipated market shifts, more resilient to unpredicted disruptions, and more adaptive in situations where what “has always worked” no longer does.
Business 2.0 has arrived and adaptive project leadership skills are even more in demand. The most effective leaders will be those that work to complement their traditional project management tools with an advanced skill set, centred on adaptive thinking.
Here are our 10 project predictions to watch out for in 2019:
- Disruptive Technologies Will Continue Their Trajectory
Being able to predict the next disruptor in your industry is nearly impossible, but what you can do is better equip your leaders to react and adapt to whatever the technological future holds.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Are Permeating Project-Based Work
Organisations will find that embracing– rather than resisting – the onslaught of AI and big data and learning how to find the “human difference” in their people will be the key to adapting to increased automation.
- Vendor Management and Outsourcing is Growing
Most project-based workers today manage vendor relationships in some capacity. Having the technical know-how to understand the contractual elements, combined with the adaptive skills to collaborate and problem solve with a multitude of vendors across varying projects is paramount to success.
- Global Context Shifts Increase Business Uncertainty
Whether impacted by Brexit, U.S.-China trade tensions, or political divisiveness, no organisation today is insulated from what’s happening globally. Having leaders with the right awareness and mindset to adapt to external changes is critical.
- Project Teams Are Migrating to Shared Platforms
It’s hard to keep up with the emerging technological resources available to project teams today. But this migration is inevitable, so organisations should up-skill their teams to move deftly across various platforms to increase workflow efficiency and collaboration.
- Agile Rises from the Tech Store to the Top Floor
Agile has emerged from an IT methodology to one that can be applied throughout the organisation – even at the very top. We’re seeing Agile emerge to the C-suite as executives realise how this mindset and practice can help organisations change and adapt their strategies more quickly.
- Managing Changes in Change Management
Due to the inevitability of change across all businesses, the responsibility of managing change can no longer be contained to the HR department. Increasingly, employees at all levels of the organisation are expected to develop the communication and leadership skills to be change agents.
- Curated Learning on the Rise
Employees today are having to learn on the job while still managing their day-to-day tasks. To keep up, organisations will seek out modern approaches to professional development and training that can benefit their teams and the business alike.
- Project Management Booming in Developing Nations
Project management-related roles will experience unprecedented growth over the next decade, primarily in India and China. As projects continue to span the global market, the discipline of project management will sustain its growth to support these initiatives.
- Supply Chain Mounting in Complexity
Companies today are under pressure to deliver products faster, cheaper, and better than they have before. This demand adds pressure to the traditional supply chain and requires leaders with the right skill sets to effectively navigate the increased complexity.
Strategy Execution’s CEO, Christoffer Ellehuus, gives a preview of this year’s Trends: