Right before our eyes, IT project management has turned from a few basic principles into an industry. Today it has its own methodologies, software tools, and development trends. Basically, this field evolves together with the whole IT industry.
In this article, we have lined up this year’s trends about project management in IT and want to share them with you.
Automation as a Part of Process
Automation is a new king. It helps to reduce paper routine and concentrate on doing an actual job. A number of various project management tools helps to set up tasks, compose them into sprints, and control the workflow and the quality. To keep all stakeholders of the project on the same page, companies use tools like Slack of the HipChat. In this way, all the team members receive a status update, notifications, and alerts.
According to the research, the adoption of automation in marketing project has reached the mark of 49 percent. Wherein this mark even higher for B2B companies and growth to 55 percent.
Remote Workstations come out on top
This year, the number of companies that adopt remote work has climbed to the 39 percent mark. Operating remotely proves to be quite effective. Employees want to have more free space and work without being watched all the time. Such approach helps to increase engagement and give an opportunity to be creative and proactive. Also, it helps to involve to the project professionals from all over the world without relocating them.
Adoption of Collaboration Tools
This point comes out from previous two, as adopting automation and remote workstations require implementing best IT project management software.
According to Capterra Study, an undisputed leader among software tools is Microsoft Project. More than 67 percent of project managers claim to use it. Among other popular project management tools are Jira, Basecamp, VerisonOne, TeamWork, SmartSheet, and others.
The hype about Big Data and connected with it, machine learning and artificial intelligence tend to make a huge impact on project management.
Project managers operate with an amount of data that increases dramatically. That is why the software they use in their routine has to help with processing and delivering insights for deliberate data-driven solutions.
Technology also becomes an additional driver for the automation process. By using machine learning in mobile apps and the web or artificial intelligence software, some companies create bots to reduce the time and other resources to complete routine tasks of the same type.
The focus has shifted from the methodology itself to actual goals of the company, that had to be achieved. Instead of using neat Waterfall, Agile, Scrum or DevOps, project managers prefer it blended, to have particular tools from different methodologies.
Such approach prove to bring better results in management and adds value to the businesses.
Certifications are not so important anymore
Both of them have been exciting for a long time and now the exam content seems to be not updated to current reality. Many companies have doubts if it is worth spending on recourses.
All mentioned above are trends that form future and eventually will become a must. Companies that are aware of the further evolution of industry have an advantage before competitors.
By reducing time and recourses of all team members and shifting accents to implementing automation to all stages of the process, you can come off ahead others and gain position on a market or even open new opportunities.
Also, don’t forget to integrate the experience from legacy project to other processes. Project managers can extrapolate factors of success of completed project to a new one and train the team to avoid mistakes and to base the decision on verified tools and approaches.