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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 9 8 Project Manager TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2012 Program management gains momentum but resources remain in short supply Increasingly, large initiatives undertaken by corporations and government agencies are being recognised for what they are and are not: namely programs, not projects, requiring advanced skills supported by appropriate tools and methods. Yet many organisations struggle to find the right people and lack the necessary management practices. In 2012, more investments will be made in competency models, training, methodology development, tool use and career pathing to ensure professionals who carry the title ‘Program Manager’ are fit for the role. Collaboration software solutions will become an essential business tool The proliferation of collaborative software in the project environment, such as SharePoint, is going to intensify in 2012. Fuelled by more complex and virtual projects, as well as tightened budgets, today’s environment demands a more efficient way to manage communication and workflow. Having a site that allows project artefacts to be created, shared and distributed within a repository that provides web- based access and critical functions (eg automatic distribution and notification, version control and user authentication) will greatly enhance productivity. Learning transfer will become the new mantra, but with little structured application Learning transfer – the ability to apply training on the job – will continue to be on the minds of PMO heads and learning and development (L&D) professionals who want their project managers to return from training ready to apply what they’ve learnt immediately and accurately. While business heads agree that sustained learning is a sound idea, very few organisations will invest in a formal process. In 2012, many organisations will discuss the importance of learning transfer without really putting in place a structured approach to ensure it happens. IN DEPTH WHAT DOES THE COMING YEAR HOLD FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT? A global panel of consultants and senior executives assembled by international trainer ESI have identified global project management trends for 2012. “From the ascendancy of social media to the structured implementation of collaboration tools by the PMO and the steady rise of communities of practice, we are fast approaching a tipping point,” said J. LeRoy Ward, Executive Vice President – Product Strategy & Management, ESI International. “Those project organisations that do not exploit such collaborative channels and technology will risk missing the most promising combination of force multipliers of the decade.”
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