Workshop: TRENDS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT - WHAT MOVES US IN THE AGE OF PROJECTS?
On 1 September 2022 the first of this year’s four online workshops from our new Digital Workshop Series took place. The event was hosted by our partner GPM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement e.V) and explored the topic: “Trends in Project Management – What Moves Us in the Age of Projects?” with Prof. Dr. Silke Schönert, Professor of Project Management and Business Information Systems (in German language).
Thank you for your great interest and trust in the new format and to everyone who attended for your insightful reflections and input. We are delighted to share the main takeaways the session.
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TREND 1: More projects in all sectors
It is apparent that more projects are being used in all areas of administration, business and society for strategy and project implementation. The number of projects and the networking of projects among each other is increasing – the complexity of the project landscape is growing. Even if not every project is treated as a project, the trend clearly shows that project management is becoming increasingly relevant as a working tool in all sectors.
TREND 2: Increasing project orientation of organisations
In some sectors, work is exclusively project-oriented – this is reflected accordingly in the structural set-up. Other organisations, such as public authorities, implement dedicated project structures in addition to the regular organisation. This shows that project management as an instrument enables effective and efficient results – project-oriented organisational development is no longer a rarity.
TREND 3: Emergence of project-oriented careers
As project structures become more permanent in organisations, the need for professionally qualified staff also increases. The emergence of decidedly project-oriented careers is becoming clear through their own assessments, specific requirements for personal competences and their own training paths.
TREND 4: Increasing use of hybrid project management
On a methodological level, the trend towards hybrid project management – a hybrid of classic and agile project management – is increasingly emerging. This underlines the adaptability of project management to organisation-specific needs.
TREND 5: Project marketing and storytelling are becoming increasingly relevant
Projects also need to be accompanied by communication – internally as well as externally. In this context, the trend of increasing project marketing and storytelling is emerging, because the project landscape is becoming broader and more diverse.