2013 was an interesting year for project managers, as hiring picked up and businesses gained steam. 2014 is expected to be even better because it is time to consolidate growth and ride on the wave of technology. Below are the top four predictions about how project management will change in 2014.
More Cloud-based Tools
In 2014, more companies are expected to use cloud-based tools such as Liquid Planner, Wrike and AtTask for project management. These tools are particularly useful for scheduling and collaboration. More such tools are expected to hit the markets in 2014 and this will change the way project managers have traditionally handled time and resources.
More Leadership than Management
The traditionally accepted role of a project manager is likely to change in 2014 to keep pace with the growing competition. Managers will have to spend more time leading projects than simply managing them. This means managers have to constantly come up with new products and services that will help the organization to have an edge in the market. Moreover, project managers will have to aggressively lead the team into new areas of functionality. This situation is a stark contrast to the accepted views of managing a team with guidance from the upper management.
Organizations are moving towards the idea of diversified teams which means project managers have to get used to the idea of dealing with resources located in different parts of the world. Technology has made it easier than ever before to collaborate across geographical boundaries and time zones, so organizations are looking to make the best use of the talent that exists across the globe. All this means that project managers have to work in different time zones and manage people who come from different countries and cultures.
Project Management Is In Demand
Project management positions are going to be in great demand as organizations are looking for quality over quantity. Companies will look for someone who is able to make a mark for themselves within the organization by taking the company and its products to new heights. While this is good news for project managers, they also have to work hard to meet the expectations.
These trends show that project management will take an interesting path in 2014.