5 project management trends to look out for in 2022

5 project management trends to look out for in 2022

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1: Project management for hybrid teams

In 2022, it is predicted that the hybrid system will begin to be implemented, thus, remote project managers will now have to adapt their approaches and perspective to contemplate hybrid workers.  In a hybrid system, workers are able to choose their environment for the day. If you’re a manager, for example, your job is to know how to lead 

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1: Project management for hybrid teams

considering this change of circumstances. And as for hybrid project management, it will be necessary to blend approaches from a traditional PM environment and the remote world.  In other words, all projects, tasks, data, and communication channels must be in one place, available for everyone in any given situation, whether they’re 

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1: Project management for hybrid teams

at the office or at home. For this, while working in a multi-project environment, it’s recommended to use a traditional approach for simple and clear parts and agile methodologies for more complex ones.

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2: Becoming data-oriented with BI and BA

As technology advances, project managers are increasing their use of data insights to make informed decisions to handle projects in a better way and escalate business growth.  In 2022, data has a high chance of becoming a major protagonist when it comes to guiding project management measures and activities. Our 

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2: Becoming data-oriented with BI and BA

prediction is that project professionals will rely even more on relevant insights through the use of Business Intelligence (BI) and Business Analysis (BA). BI is considered a descriptive form of data analytics, responsible for presenting past and present insights into what has happened or what is currently happening in a 

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particular process. These pieces of information give managers access to realistic metrics to operate with, as well as better visibility into projects, processes, and their results.  On the other hand, BA is aimed at the future, it analyzes data to better predict challenges and adapt to provide improved outcomes.

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3: Globally attracting remote and flexible workers

With globalization and the recent experience with remote work, companies realized they can reach more professionals than ever.  Currently, there’s a growing tendency to hire out-of-state employees under free schedules, adapting the work to their necessities. Aside from that, the traditional 8-hour working day is gradually losing 

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3: Globally attracting remote and flexible workers

its relevance since it can be less effective depending on the employee’s habits or preferences. However, by expanding even more hiring opportunities to remote and flexible workers, project managers can attract different types of professionals, for example, ambitious and active students who need to combine work shifts with their study time.

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3: Globally attracting remote and flexible workers

Another great advantage is the opportunity of going global.  With the advance of project management in different fields for different purposes, some projects require such specific skills that finding a professional in your city, state, or even country can be a real challenge. Luckily, remote work allows companies to look for that specialist anywhere in the world.

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4: Automation, artificial intelligence and bots

In 2022, artificial intelligence in project management will be key to help automate the execution of daily operational tasks that don’t necessarily require human effort.  This prediction is more of a long-awaited scenario for project professionals, but, it was necessary to wait until technology could turn it into reality. But, it’s important to 

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4: Automation, artificial intelligence and bots

clarify something: For companies to leverage AI to its fullest extent, it needs to be paired with human collaboration.  Project management is not only about miscalculations, reporting and documentation. It’s also about human relationships that robots cannot build. Project managers can use automation to perform 

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actions from scheduling tasks to data visualization with the help of digital systems.  Operations can be planned online, contributing to a quicker adaptation of employees to any changes. Machines also make more consistent decisions, therefore they organize processes faster. Once project managers learn to leverage AI to automate 

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processes, project execution will be much easier than before. It will be possible to create the right estimation of a project’s duration, costs, and progress, helping PMs predict realistic timelines for their project.

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5: Higher demand for trained project management professionals

In  2022 businesses will likely be extra challenged by employee development, requiring new team members to settle in faster with optimized programs and managers to delegate tasks sooner.  And since time is an expensive resource, the more prepared for starting a job someone is, the bigger are the chances of getting hired by a company, 

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5: Higher demand for trained project management professionals

reducing the time spent on training and guidance. This means that mastering the skills and knowledge necessary for the job ahead of you is essential if you want to remain competitive, whether you’re brand new to project management or an experienced professional ready for career advancement. But, don’t worry! In 2022 we predict that more 

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5: Higher demand for trained project management professionals

courses and training on project management will be available, including subjects in administration, marketing, and technology degrees. This year will be perfect to find plenty of resources to build your personal brand as a project manager.

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