Project management is an important part of any business and is instrumental to making sure employees are working collectively towards company goals and projects. However, like many business areas, project management is going through a lot of changes due to technology and other innovations.
Keeping up with the changes and trends isn’t always easy, but that is where this article comes in. This article will look at some of the biggest trends that are shaping project management in 2018 and beyond.
While privacy and security have always been important, data breaches have become quite common recently, and every company needs to watch out for them. Not only do hacks and data breaches affect customers, but they can also really hurt your company, commonly in the form of downtime, which can be incredibly expensive.
New hardware and software are always being introduced into the IT or project management departments, which can often suffer from a variety of vulnerabilities. In order to maintain security, you should be using a log management service like Papertrail, which is a security control to address your system. Don’t worry, Papertrail is just another log4net target, so if you already have apps that use log4net, there are no code changes needed.
While most project management teams are already using digital tools and architectural drawing management of some kinds, if you are not, it’s time to start. Not only are they affordable, but can add a ton of efficiency and effectiveness to your company’s project management. These tools can do everything from allowing collaboration, managing projects on the go and even automating some tasks.
They free up a lot of employee hours, which is always a good thing. There are dozens of different tools that you can use, so be sure to identify the problem areas in how your project management operates, and see if there are apps or tools that can help.
In the past, pretty much everyone who had a job worked at their office or job site. However, in the past few years, it is becoming much more common for people to either work completely remotely or work part-time from home.
Not only that, but it is becoming much more common for companies to hire freelancers. Most of the time, these freelancers may not all live in the same place as one another, which makes having in-person meetings impossible. Companies need to be sure to adapt to this growing trend, especially in the project management space. Project management features a lot of collaboration, which must almost exclusively be digital among remote teams.
The internet of things (a.k.a IoT) is all about devices connecting and working with each other automatically. For example, your phone working with your Google Home or smart coffee maker. However, this type of innovation can help with project management too. It can provide risk reduction for projects, and increased control of outcomes as well as increasing response time and quicker communication between both software and individuals.
In addition to IoT, a variety of other useful technologies and ideas such as machine learning and artificial intelligence will start to become the largest part of the project management space. The future is an exciting time and expects a lot more changes in the next few years thanks to these ideas.
Sure, hiring the best candidates for your project is important, but so is having a diverse workforce. Especially in IT, there isn’t a lot of diversity and companies are trying to change that by ensuring they hire a variety of different individuals from under-represented groups.
Not only is it good to be inclusive of course, but having people from a variety of different races, genders, and backgrounds can help create a better project. The more people from differing backgrounds that you have looking at a problem, the more options and ideas you will have to change it.
In conclusion, these trends will be big for project management for the rest of 2018 and beyond, so be sure to keep your eye out for them.