Project Management Discipline Evolving Beyond Traditional Borders and Methodologies; Emergence of Adaptive Execution Gives Rise to New Meta-Practice
Arlington, VA, Feb. 21, 2017
TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, a leading global training company, has released its Top 10 Strategy Execution Trends for 2017. As organizations become leaner and flatter, the discipline of project management has evolved to keep pace. Whether by adopting methods from other practices or identifying and communicating value within the organization, project managers are becoming more important implementers of company strategy and are being recognized as essential parts of every business.
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"As organizational structure changes, collaboration and strategic thinking are happening from the bottom-up, and smart organizations are recognizing the need for skill sets beyond traditional project management to be successful,” said Tim Wasserman, Chief Learning Officer, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution. "This blurring and blending of disciplines into the meta-practice of adaptive execution forces transparency, cross-functional teamwork, and innovation, all of which helps companies get work done." TwentyEighty Strategy Execution put together a panel of experts to identify the top 10 project-based work trends for 2017, which further explore the transformation of traditional project management and highlight the emergence of the combined meta-practice of project management, business analysis, and strategy execution.
Adaptive Execution: The Birth of One Meta-Practice
Organizations are less concerned about adhering to single methodologies like Agile or Waterfall, and are instead creating a blend that works for their culture and their strategy.
Digitalization – A New Project Management Tribe
The adoption of mobile, cloud and data technology is changing how companies run projects and get work done. Leaders need the skills to take charge when technology increasingly drives the business.
Change Managers are Essential for Innovation
Change managers are no longer being sidestepped as organizations recognize that change needs formal handling. The change managers of today are laying the foundation for the progress of tomorrow.
The BA and PM Partnership Strengthens
As adaptive strategy execution continues to evolve, the relationship between business analysis and project management will mature into a strong partnership that combines best practices from each of the two disciplines to more effectively achieve organizational alignment.
Renewed Focus on Benefits Management
This year there will be a renewed focus on benefits management as it reinvents itself as a simpler process that is not just reserved for business analysts.
Project Management is for Everyone
Project management used to be a niche profession reserved for a small group of practitioners in distinct industries. As more organizations realize that their strategies are executed through a series of projects, more professionals are seeing the value of acquiring PM skills.
Value is the Buzzword
This year, project practitioners will have renewed focus on identifying and communicating the value – or return on investment – they bring to their organization.
Accountability Through Coaching
Formal coaching relationships are emerging within project management, as less experienced project managers gain direction and support from more tenured project professionals. Senior project managers are taking time out between project deliveries to dedicate time to a formal leadership and coaching role for more junior members of the organization.
Co-Location, Distributed Work and the Rise of Collaboration
Organizations are still trying to find the balance between project teams conveniently co-located and those working virtually in global project teams. With team collaboration cited as a must have for successful projects, organizations will spend more time focusing on how to bring teams closer together through web and physical space use.
Agile is not just for IT
Across industries beyond IT, an active migration toward an Agile mindset means that project workers are learning to adjust while projects are in mid-flight, instead of planning the course ahead of time and sticking to the original route.
"Organizations have taken notice that they need to be skilled on a variety of approaches to project-based work," said Wasserman. "While having expertise in different areas is necessary, having a strategic perspective is the bridge or missing piece of the puzzle that unifies everything that we do."
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