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4 Ways That Project Management Has Changed

Day to day, nothing about your job might seem to change much, but looking back over a decade, you can start to appreciate how much things have actually evolved. Elizabeth Harrin writes a blog post reflecting on what she sees as the four big changes in project management over this past decade:

  1. Social media at work
  2. Bring your own device (BYOD)
  3. People matter
  4. A shift to leadership

The Era of Convenience

Social media is not just a way to share pictures of babies anymore. It has become a versatile tool for staying in contact with project members and sharing information in a fast and convenient way. Convenience has also led to the rise of BYOD, as Harrin relates:

I’ve had a tablet for a number of years and it has made a difference to how I work. Plus there are literally dozens of apps all proclaiming to help you get things done better/faster/cheaper. It does take a while to find a few you personally like. I think the next step here will be to get some type of portal technology that takes all my favourite apps and social media feeds and puts them together so I don’t have to use multiple systems for project management.

As attitudes relax about precise and rigid work protocols, there has also been a renewed emphasis on people in projects. There is a more open discussion about soft skills now and less talk of “command and control mentality.” Along those same lines, Harrin sees a shift toward true leadership. Rather than project managers merely being the people who execute the edict handed down by the higher-ups, project managers can now actually question why they have been given a project and challenge senior management. The major theme here and throughout Harrin’s observations seems to be that managers and teams have more freedom now than they used to have, freedom to communicate and execute plans in specialized ways. Here is to hoping the next ten years prove even more fruitful. You can read the original post here: http://www.pm4girls.elizabeth-harrin.com/2014/02/4-ways-that-project-management-has-changed-in-the-last-10-years/

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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