It’s that time of the year again – we reflect on how good we have been this year and think of a set of resolutions for next year, although we intimately do know that most of them will be gone by mid-January. I still live in hope that, one day, I’ll be able to go to the gym for a full month without excuses!

This is also the time of the year when we try to prepare better for what the future can bring us – we do work in project management after all and crave some predictability, even if the only certain things in life are death, taxes, and projects that go wrong. Based on what we have observed in the past year and with the caveat that “’It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” as attributed to the great Yogi Berra, let’s still attempt it. In this article, we will set out what we believe will be some of the project management trends for 2022.

Project Management Trends for 2022

1) Hybrid work is the new normal

Project professionals will be asked to mix and match project delivery methods and will therefore need to be cognizant of the different approaches available and what works best in which scenario. Project management is contextual; thus, one-size-fits-all is not sufficient or adequate to cater for the uniqueness of projects: project management bricolage favouring best-fit practices is expected to continue growing as a way of delivering projects. Learn more about hybrid project management.

2) Remote work is here to stay

This hybrid approach is not exclusive to delivery though since the different working patterns of people coming back to their offices tell us that hybrid project teams (partially co-located, partially remote) are a new trend to keep an eye on. In fact, few things had such a level of impact on working style than the pandemic – much more effective than decades of evangelisation about the benefits of remote working or a crash course on change management! BC/AC gained a new meaning – before and after-Covid.

3) Scaling Agile beyond projects

It’s no news that Agile became popular in the world of projects in recent years, however, what we are starting to see now is an interest by organisations to scale Agile ways of working to other areas in the business and onboarding in Agile transformation as a strategic endeavour. Agile is here to stay and methods around this philosophy, such as LeSS, SAFe, or Disciplined Agile are making the rounds recently.

4) Technology-enabled projects

Have you noticed that suddenly everyone is making extensive use of technology in their projects? From meetings on Teams (I can’t recall the last time I made a phone call to a customer) to PPM tools, or reporting the status and health of the portfolio in fancy Power BI reports, all around us is now enabled by technology. As technology progresses, more technology is expected to reach the world of projects thus I advise starting to familiarise yourself with the latest on IoT, data science, or blockchains. There are a plethora of new concepts to learn.

5) It’s a talent’s war

With the increasing complexity of projects and advancement of technology, there is a shortage of specialist professionals in a panorama of remote working leading to a talent’s war that is now played at the global level. Highly skilled/experienced project managers are in demand and organisations are willing to go the extra mile (or to the continent next door) to secure the competencies they need. Invest in education, prepare your sales pitch, and advance your negotiation skills – you might need it.

Make no mistake: when it comes to the future, it’s nice to be right, but it’s more important to be ready. Are you?

The PMO perspective is as important as the wider Project Management trends, and you can read our view here.

Contact us at Wellingtone if you would like to better prepare for the new year. We don’t have a crystal ball yet, but we can help in building your future.

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