How will the project managers of the future evolve from the professionals of today?
At the moment, typically, you might begin as a subject matter expert and be given the task of managing a project and need to learn the skills and seek out the tools you need while on the job. And you soon realize that project management is about more than the project: it involves reaching out to people, dealing with senior managers and evolving to cope with a wide variety of demands.
But how will this change for future project managers? AXELOS’ research highlights the areas of strategy, change management, risk management and agile. Why will these be so important to project managers?
This is challenging as even a “good change” is uncomfortable for people. This needs soft skills to get buy-in and to influence those involved at corporate or product level.
Project managers are accountable for delivery, but delivering a product and delivering value are different things. The challenge is being emotionally detached from the delivery process and adopting a strategic approach; this means being able to assess whether a project is still relevant or it’s more beneficial for the organization to close it down. Therefore, you need to question whether a project is the right thing to do based on the company’s long term needs.