Navigating the Future of Project Management: Challenges and Opportunities
IPMA Global Project Profession Forum in Seville, Spain, on Sep. 21-22, 2023
Future of Project Management panel
The Future of Project Management panel at the IPMA Global Project Profession Forum, moderated by Prof. Dr. Mladen Vukomanovic, IPMA Vice President for Profession Development, featured the leaders of the global leading professional organizations in the discipline of project management: Joop Schefferlie, IPMA President, Lysan Drabon, PMI Regional Managing Director, Europe, and Americo Pinto, the CEO & Founder of PMO Global Alliance.
The panel provided valuable insights into the ever-evolving landscape of project management. In this blog post, we’ll explore the current challenges and opportunities facing the world of projects and how passionate individuals, professional organizations, and ethical considerations are shaping the future.
Addressing Global Challenges through Projects
Projects and programs play a vital role in addressing current global challenges. Whether it’s tackling climate change, infrastructure development, or healthcare initiatives, project managers are at the forefront of driving positive change. Their passion and sense of responsibility are key drivers of project success.
The Rising Opportunities in Project Management
The field of project management is brimming with opportunities. However, to seize these opportunities, project managers must continuously enhance their skills. The need for skilled project managers has never been greater, and individuals who are passionate about their profession can make a significant impact.
Elevating the Voice of Project Managers
The voices of project managers need to be louder and stronger, especially at the C-suite level. Project management is not just a tactical function; it’s a strategic discipline that can shape the future of organizations. Advocating for the value project managers bring to the table is essential.
Collaboration Among Leading PM Organizations
The collaboration between IPMA, PMI, and PMO Global Alliance is a remarkable example of efficient partnerships among professional organizations. By working together, these organizations strengthen the voice of the profession and provide valuable resources and opportunities for project managers worldwide.
The Relevance of PMOs
Project Management Offices (PMOs) remain relevant for organizations. They provide structure, governance, and support for successful project execution. PMOs play a pivotal role in ensuring projects align with strategic objectives.
Inclusivity in the Project Management Community
Specific communities of project managers have a strong sense of belonging. Project managers can now be certified and volunteer in various PM professional organizations, eliminating the need to choose just one. This inclusivity encourages broader participation in the profession.
The Path to Project Management Excellence
Certification in project management is a proof of knowledge and experience. It’s not merely a credential but a commitment to continuous improvement. The three leading PM organizations envision PM certification as a way to develop tools and resources to empower project managers on their journey toward excellence.
Measuring Project Success Beyond Constraints
Measuring project success solely by the triple constraint (scope, time, and budget) may not capture the full picture. The added value delivered by projects should also be considered. Project managers have a broader impact on organizations than just meeting constraints.
Reskilling for Managerial Roles
Transitioning from a project manager to a manager role isn’t always seamless. Reskilling is often necessary. It can start with roles in a Project Management Office (PMO) and then progress to a Chief Project Officer (CPO) role.
Ethics in Project Management
Globalization adds complexity to ethical considerations in project management. A universal code of ethics for the profession and a commitment to responsible action, considering sustainability and ethical responsibilities, can guide project managers in making ethical decisions.
Diversity and Inclusion
Encouraging diversity and inclusion in project management is essential. Society’s changing dynamics call for embracing diversity without overly focusing on gender differentiation. Leadership and driving success should be the primary criteria for recognition.
In conclusion, the Future of Project Management panel shed light on the challenges and opportunities in this dynamic field. Passionate individuals, collaborative professional organizations, ethical considerations, and inclusivity are shaping the future of project management. As the world continues to evolve, project managers play a crucial role in driving positive change and ensuring project success in an ever-changing landscape.
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