What’s this year going to bring? That’s the question I ask myself at this time every year, not least because I like to write about trends in project management. It’s also important to reflect personally.
Often, what’s trending in project management is going to have a person impact on you as a project manager, sooner or later, so the two are linked. Here’s my view on what is going to be hot in 2016 in project management and how it is going to impact your daily work.
When you’re juggling multiple projects it can feel as if you don’t know what should be taking priority at any time. Getting the priorities straight isn’t as hard as it seems. This 5-step approach will help you manage different strands of work and make sure that the right projects get the attention they need to progress.
Prioritizing your work starts with…
Just like any other area of management, project management is bound to change its face during the upcoming year. As workforce expectations and technology use change, managers will inevitably face a series of deep transformations in the field. What's in store for project managers in 2016? Here are 8 key trends you should incorporate into your business practice during the upcoming year.
Whether you'd like to improve your organization skills, deal with information overload or boost your productivity, mind mapping is easily your best solution. Why is mind mapping such a powerful productivity tool? It basically works in a similar way to your brain. Instead of forcing your mind to understand your work by means of the traditional linear model, mind mapping helps you to work in a way that feels natural to your brain. You can quickly communicate and organize your ideas, consequently becoming organized and able to quickly make better-informed decisions. Here are some tips on how you can improve your productivity with mind mapping.
Projects are a team effort, and with the growth of online project tools and virtual teams, the people on your team could come from anywhere. They could have a wide range of skills too. In fact, it’s easier today than it has ever been to get the right people for your team because you can draw of off-shore and consultancy resource, or even that subject matter expert who works part-time in the next city.
One of the problems I see most frequently on projects is that the initiation phase was done badly. Or not at all. This causes all manner of issues later from unclear roles and responsibilities to lack of buy in at senior levels, unapproved spending and poorly defined requirements.
Have you worked on a project that hasn’t had a defined start? Where you’ve suddenly inherited a piece of work and are asked to get on with it, but it isn’t totally clear what you are supposed to be doing?
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