Ten Predictions for Project Management in 2013

Ten Predictions for Project Management in 2013

Ten Predictions for Project Management in 2013

1. Hard Skills Will Trump Soft Skills
While soft skills are needed to support communications, negotiations and change management, they'll defer to hard skills that apply to specific project requirements.

Project management offices (PMOs) have emerged as popular designations within organizations to address expensive project failures caused by scope creep, missed deadlines, inflated budget costs and other factors. However, many PMOs struggle due to a lack of training and other resources, and the execs in the C-suite are increasing the pressure to prove measurable, business-impacting results. In revealing the following top 10 trends in project management, ESI International provides insight on these and other critical issues for project management teams. Ultimately, it's not exactly a rosy picture—especially for organizations that create a PMO but fail to adequately support it. "This year's trends bring a murky problem to light," says J. LeRoy Ward, an executive vice president at ESI, a project management training company. "Many of these trends focus on the need to improve project skills, process and the overall management of our initiatives. It is no longer possible to hire project managers and expect results. We need PMs to be experts and take control of projects to get maximum results."

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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