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Project Manager : June July 2011
IN DEPTH • 9 www.aipm.com.au Project Manager being faced with the challenge of demonstrating ROI through Agile adoption. Organisations that do it right – including selecting the right projects for Agile – will reap significant rewards. 4 Competency models will be core to managing professional development and promotions for project managers As project management gains greater acceptance as a discipline, the hiring, assignment, promotion and professional development of project managers will be based on comprehensive competency models. In order for these models to be effective, they must be company-specific. 5 Experiential learning will be more the norm than the exception The professional development of project managers will increasingly focus on reality-based learning and on-the-job training. Even the many universities that offer project management degrees will face the challenge of making their courses and programs relevant, practical and pragmatic based on participants’ real projects. 6 Informal learning for project managers will gain momentum Organisations will continue to develop and exploit informal learning approaches such as communities of practice (CoP), various forms of social media, as well as coaching and mentoring. With millennials joining the workforce in greater numbers, we will witness more effective use of social learning technologies and approaches, such as wikis, blogs, videos and podcasts. 7 Project sponsorship will become an area of focus in South Asia The roles and responsibilities of the project sponsor will be a key focus in South Asia as organisations tr y to accelerate their structured approach to project management. Such organisations are trying to avoid the experience of others around the world whose ‘spotty’ record has contributed in whole, or in part, to less than successful projects. 8 Outsourcing will remain a risky business The continued growth of outsourcing will force organisations to pay more heed to its associated risks and conduct better due diligence. As a response, organisations will strengthen their risk management cultures and recognise the value of best practices in contract management. 9 Project managers will team with ‘change partners’ More organisations will develop and assign ‘change partners’, also known as change management experts, to projects. Moreover, project teams will slowly, but steadily, increase their use of change management methods, which will be packaged as methodologies. ALONGSIDE TECHNICAL SAVVY, OTHER SKILLS SUCH AS NEGOTIATION, COMMUNICATION, CRITICAL THINKING, CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ARE TAKING ON NEW IMPORTANCE
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