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The State of Project Management

written by Eric Pool, La Crosse PMI Chapter.

Jan. 31, 2013


Recently I had the pleasure of attending the PMI La Crosse chapter breakfast at the Charter House here in Rochester. The guest speaker, Kay Wais President of Successful Projects, gave an intriguing presentation on the “State of Project Management”. The presentation touched on megatrends, new catch phrases, changes in methodology, and many other important topics. What I found most interesting was the level of knowledge Mrs. Wais had on the subject of project management and her insight into the field’s future. Many of us can make relatively safe assumptions about what may or may not happen in project management, however, the research and detail put into this presentation provided strong support for the presenter’s views.  


The depth of information in this presentation is far too great to cover in detail here so I will stick to a few highlights. First, the presentation touched on the ever changing field of project management through megatrends. It appears there is a shift towards working longer, increased mobility, “mini sabbaticals”, and Agile project management. We have seen and experienced the trend in longer work hours and the need for increased mobility, however, the movement towards taking a leave from work in the form of a sabbatical is relatively new to the field of project management. The same could be said for the use of Agile. I have only recently seen an increase in the number of project managers showing interest in Agile certification, perhaps a sign of the need to further separate oneself from the competition. 


Second, I found some of the new catch phrases such as using “pivot” in place of “change” and “BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)” to be both welcome and relevant. Project managers are well aware of the need for communication so keeping current on industry phrases is a great benefit. 
Finally, I found the presentation to be especially insightful in regards to the need for frequent heath checks on projects. Specifically how these health checks should go beyond the triple constraint and focus more on the human factors within the project. 


This brief article barely touches on the wealth of information found in this presentation. That being said I hope I enticed you to contact Kay Wais about her presentation and attend future PMI La Crosse chapter meetings.


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