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Project managers must retool skill sets, says ESI International

Ike Suarez | Feb. 5, 2015
Training firm makes recommendation in Top 10 Trends for Project Management 2015 report.

Project managers (PMs) need to retool their skill sets this 2015 to be able to manage the critical links between strategy and execution.

This was according to a press statement by the Arlington, Virginia-based ESI International, a company that offers training programs globally on project management as  it announced its Top 10  Trends  in Project Management for 2015 report.

It said project managers will increasingly be made accountable for how project outcomes will impact the businesses.

It added this would elevate the PM's role as critical enabler of business strategy, calling it "a very good thing" for them.

The Trends

The first trend is the need for PMs to become adept at managing gaps between the constraints of cloud-based platforms and the expectations of businesses.

The second trend is towards a return to talent management within the PM community even as there also was a trend towards hybrid projects becoming the norm.

It pointed out likewise the trend towards a dwindling ability to find and hire top PM talent.

It further noted the trend towards organisations having to build bottom-up processes to link project outcomes to organizational strategy.

It also mentioned the continuing trend towards PMs having to sacrifice project transparency as they flee from conflict and avoid difficult conversations.

Other trends mentioned were the following: continued mergers between the disciplines of  change management and project management, better alignments between project management and business strategy and the heightened importance of organizational culture in risk management processes.

ESI's release of top 10 trends for the New Year is an annual project by its senior executives and subject matter experts.



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