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Project Manager : Project Manager Feb March 2012
10 Project Manager What will project management be like in the future? Project Manager asks an academic, a practising project manager, a mentor of young professionals and an industry veteran for their predictions. The long view ALAN STRETTON LFAIPM AUTHOR TWO CONFLICTING PERSPECTIVES on the future of project management have been evolving and will continue to influence the industry. One scenario is that programs and projects become increasingly integrated with the management of organisations at large. Proponents see the continuation of a trend for program/project managers to have increasing involvement in ‘front-end’ management activities (eg organisational strategic planning) right through to the delivery end (eg implementation/utilisation). In this scenario, differences from general management would become increasingly unclear and a more integrated, holistic management discipline may emerge. The second scenario involves management of programs and projects becoming increasingly specialised. This view focuses on unique aspects of the disciplines, and on retaining and continuing to develop a distinct project management profession. Organisations would probably continue to regard program/ project management only as a useful tool, and opportunities for its integration into core management processes would remain limited. These two divergent views seem likely to co-exist for some time yet. However, if project management wants to fully exploit its potential, it should not delay too long in deciding what it wants its future role to be. BECKY PAROZ MAIPM PROJECT MANAGEMENT MENTORING, APMMA WHEN I THINK OF THE FUTURE of project management, I think 3D. Clients are becoming more demanding, expecting inclusion in the delivery process and access to information during execution. I can see 3D modelling becoming the new way to deliver to clients. For those in the construction industry, imagine seeing your building/bridge/plant in 3D on the latest IT platform. By touching the screen at any point you can obtain data relevant to that part of the project, such as quality assessment, environmental aspects, expected lifetime, coding framework or the maintenance manual. Now picture systems robust enough to collect the data in real time. Information such as the risk matrix and work instructions can be accessed during the construction phase, say, by touching the section you will be working on that day. This type of platform is possible with cloud technology and will only improve over time. It means that engineers, developers, systems managers and other project personnel can be truly global, accessing this data in real time anywhere in the world. With the advent of these types of project platforms, I think we will also see a shift to on-the-job mentoring and partnering taking precedence over academic learning to meet the requirements of Gen Y and Z clients who have high technological expectations. DIVERGENT VIEWS SEEM LIKELY TO CO-EXIST ICANSEE3D MODELLING THE NEW WAY TO DELIVER • IN DEPTH
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