The post is by PM Basics guest Ashley Lipman.
This year is going to be enormous for project management.
2018 isn’t going to be the year of breakout technology or an influx of government-hired project management professionals.
No, this year is all about the latest and greatest trends.
The business world is in for a major series of changes. Roles, hiring processes, and the entire paradigm is about to shift.
Without further due, here are the five biggest trends shaping 2018.
1. Becoming Agile
Marketing, finance, and even construction are now adopting an Agile development framework.
This change brings with it increased communication, makes teams readily adaptive and offers a higher return on investment.
This trend is breaking the norm by working its way from small businesses up.
A younger workforce has found themselves with more flexible mindsets at their jobs, discovering that the Agile business process suits their modes better than a traditional one.
New tools are making this trend easier as well.
AppOptics is one such tool, automating high-fidelity metrics along with detailed transaction traces and application performance in real-time visibility.
Combined with machine-based objectivity, Agile may very well be the new way to do business from 2018 onward.
2. DevOps as a Part of Agile
Agile applies tools, processes, and organizational design concepts through software development methodology to make programs all-around more efficient.
DevOps is a change in IT culture that focuses on rapid service delivery through an emphasis on people and culture that aims to improve collaboration between both operations and development teams.
As a change in culture, DevOps heavily relies on Agile.
Marketing, finance, and construction have already hopped on board. So, it isn’t hard to imagine IT jumping on board as well.
3. Increasing Diversity
There isn’t much diversity to be found in the realm of project management. You surely know about Women in Project Management and Vets2PM, but what about racial, ethnic, or LGBTQ representation?
It would seem that PM is one of the last business sectors to incorporate a more inclusive, open workplace, until now.
The Agile Alliance has fully rewritten their Code of Conduct, making it more proactively inclusive of under-represented groups in IT.
Changes like these come from increased resentment over a false idea that project management and STEM are seclusive to the such a narrow demographic.
This trend is new, and many speculate that there will be a culture war within PM before all is said and done.
4. The IoT, AI, and ML
If you follow Big Tech, then you’ve already heard these buzzwords floating around.
The Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML), are impressive enough on their own, but their growth over the past year has given way to a collaboration of epic proportion.
Together, these powers combine to reshape project management software and the PM role itself.
AI and IoT are swiftly making their way into tools of the trade such as Aurora and Rescoper, introducing new data and possibilities never before thought possible.
Combined, these three will bring new software and its associated returns to your fingertips.
5. Millennials Have Arrived
Millennials, Generation Y, whatever you want to call them, have long been a part of the American workforce.
However, working requirements and the state of the economy have made the PM career choice a more difficult one for the past decade.
Given the time it takes to earn certification and competition with veteran PMPs, Millennials are finally at the correct median age to enter this area of the business workforce.
As retirees leave new positions open and this age group completes their entry-level work requirements, you’re going to see a whole lot of brand new faces in the field.
Combine all of that with PMIAA (The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act) and you have the perfect recipe for an incentive.
Job security, educational opportunities, and government positions all make for a bright future for millennials entering this field of work.
Just the Beginning
These are just the emerging trends in 2018 as we head into the summer.
It’s hard to say what else lies on the horizon with such an evolving and changing workforce.
Stay tuned for more project management trends as they emerge.
Ashley is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion in providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches.
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