Project Management

Four Key Digital Project Management Trends for 2018

Project management changes at an admittedly glacial pace. Best practices crop up, and they stay best until someone makes a really excellent case to do otherwise. But year to year, some trends in project management are worth tracking. In an article for insideBIGDATA, Digital Program Manager Nigel Kirkman predicts four trends we may see unfold across 2018:

  1. Emotional intelligence
  2. PM certifications losing value
  3. Blended methodology
  4. Accountability and social responsibility

What’s Happening in 2018

Emotional intelligence has been a growing topic of conversation for the past couple years, and Kirkman expects its importance to increase even further in 2018. This is because businesses are realizing in part because of agile proliferation that people are the thing that project managers manage, not processes. Furthermore, the ability of project managers to empathize and better communicate with team members increases employee engagement and reduces turnover. There is no downside to project managers developing better people skills, and in fact, it should be demanded.

Kirkman further believes that PM certifications may start to lose their luster, especially in cases where the things taught by certifications do not align with the values/goals businesses are actually pursuing. He does not offer a lot of valid support for this prediction though. He says certifications are costly and “can take a long time to acquire and longer to master”—but isn’t that the point of a certification? Like, duh.

Still, the third trend is probably spot-on: Blended agile/waterfall methodologies are on the rise as different organizations arrive at different solutions for unique problems. The first rule of agile (figuratively speaking) is not to be a slave to process, after all.

Lastly, on accountability and social responsibility, Kirkman predicts this:

Profit has always been regarded as the most important driver, but increasingly people and business want to do business with companies that conduct themselves in ways that are ethical, socially responsible and accountable. Projects are no exception. They are impacted by and should be carefully monitored and measured in ways that ensure they meet with legislative, legal, environmental, tax and reporting, and socially responsible requirements. Control mechanisms need to include safeguards that ensure accountability is at the forefront to protect stakeholders, clients and the public as it applies to the project activities and outcomes.

You can view the original article here:


John Friscia

John Friscia was the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success from 2015 through 2018. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and grew in every possible way in his time there. John graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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