Project Management

Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2013

Do you know what trends are going to be prevalent in 2013? If not, you may be missing out on some key information to help build your own strategy and potential to optimize in the future. An article on PM Hut (Written by ESI International) lists the top 10 project management trends for 2013:

    1. Organizations will continue to call for strong project leaders but will focus on investments in hard skills.


  • Agile implementation will be viewed in some organizations as a failure, but for the wrong reasons



  • Project management is not just for project managers anymore



  • Large projects pose unique challenges that are increasingly tough to overcome



  • PMOs will focus on proving their worth and driving innovation



  • The U.S. government will upgrade its PM certification in the face of rising criticism



  • Improving vendor management practices will top the list of skills for project managers



  • Continued poor project performance in many organizations will result in more PMOs being terminated



  • Portfolio management will take on a greater role as funding continues to tighten and the number of projects grows



  • Organizations will adopt Agile to accelerate time to market but what they ultimately achieve may be a different story.



Leadership is a clear issue in the world of project management. However, it seems that hard skills are in greater need of improvement. How those skills are implemented may also change in 2013. As the article says, Agile implementation may be met with some confusion:

When compared to traditional methods, studies show that Agile methods can reduce costs, speed time to market, and improve quality; however, in 2013, many organizations will continue to fall short in realizing the promise of Agile. Why? Because the professionals assigned to Agile projects aren’t trained in Agile methods and their organizations are not culturally ready to embrace its principles. It’s not sufficient to train just a handful of Scrum Masters. The Scrum team, including developers, testers, and Product Owners, needs to know how to apply Agile practices. In particular, the organization’s executives need to understand how they can help break down the cultural barriers to adoption, which is crucial. Providing training to only those who lead these efforts will undermine overall Agile adoption, resulting in poor or failed implementations.

As the list of trends notes, the definition of project manager will broaden to include more people. At the same time, new challenges will arise as innovation becomes more important. These new challenges may present new problems which lead to new criticisms. The article suggests that he government might upgrade certification requirements in the face of new criticism.
So what does this all mean for project managers? PM Hut suggests that improving vendor management might be at the top of the desired skills list. Also, we may see more PMOs being terminated before the end of their average lifespan of 4 years. Portfolio management will become more important as funding decreases because the hierarchy it creates will be increasingly beneficial to companies. It seems that for 2013 there will not be new, earth-shaking changes. It will be the importance of what we are familiar with that changes the most.

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