The 9 Biggest Project Management Trends in 2022

The 9 Biggest Project Management Trends in 2022

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1. Remote work & leadership

The Corona pandemic has achieved something that no one previously thought possible: A widespread rollout of working from home - and within a matter of weeks or even days.  The work landscape has changed dramatically since March 2020.  "New Work" and "The New Normal" have now become the norm. While many 

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1. Remote work & leadership

companies are increasingly calling their employees back to the office, there is no stopping the trend.   Even after the pandemic, many employees will still work at least partially from home.   Organizations, especially managers, need to be prepared for this. Because remote work also means remote leadership. 

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That means you have to lead and manage your team differently than before.

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2. Bigger focus on soft skills

Technical knowledge is important in project management, but it is not the only decisive factor.  Competencies such as creativity and empathy are becoming increasingly important.  Many still equate project management with rigid processes and technical 

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knowledge, but the discipline has long since evolved. Even beyond Agile, there is a shift in thinking in the industry.  In an ever-changing world that is evolving faster and faster, it's important to be able to adapt quickly.  Not everyone will be able to keep up at the same pace, but if you create a culture that 

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2. Bigger focus on soft skills

encourages creativity and creative problem solving, that allows for mistakes, and that prioritizes good relationships and team cohesion, you'll lay the foundation for a healthy company culture and long-lasting business success.

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3. Professionalization of project management & increasing demand for project managers

10 years ago, project management was still more of a fringe discipline with which few employees had any contact.  But more and more companies in all industries are increasingly carrying out project work - whether consciously or unconsciously. This means that many started to recognize the importance of project 

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3. Professionalization of project management & increasing demand for project managers

management and realized that professionalizing project work is inevitable if you want to implement projects successfully. At the same time, it also means that the demand for project managers is increasing. But there is a shortage of talent in project management like in other industries. This situation will only intensify in the coming years. 

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3. Professionalization of project management & increasing demand for project managers

The reasons are similar to those in other industries: demographic and cultural change.  The challenge, therefore, is not only to recruit skilled workers, but also to train them and retain them within the company.

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4. Agile is here to stay

"Agile" in this context means not only working according to agile project management methods, but also being flexible in the literal sense of the word. PMI's Pulse of the Profession Report 2021 makes it clear that "Gymnastic Enterprises", i.e. organizations that are flexible and agile, are more successful. These organizations respond quickly to change and can 

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quickly adapt their processes and ways of working depending on the situation.  Instead of working rigidly according to one method, these companies know that, depending on the team, project and situation, they sometimes have to work agile, sometimes traditional or even hybrid.

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5. Value and principle-based perspective

There are many PM standards and certifications and all have evolved in recent years.  The PM organization with the largest membership worldwide, the Project Management Institute, has also continued to develop and has introduced a paradigm shift with the 7th edition of its PMBOK Guide (PMBOK = Project Management Body of Knowledge). Instead of 

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the previous strongly process-oriented approach, the focus in the new version is on a value- and principle-oriented perspective.  Successful project execution and the creation of measurable value (tangible & intangible) for the entire value chain are in the foreground.

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6. AI, machine learning & automation

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation are no longer anything special in many industries.  From vacuum cleaners and refrigerators to self-driving cars - technological transformation has made extremely large strides in recent years. The project management industry is no stranger to these developments. Companies are 

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6. AI, machine learning & automation

implementing more and more projects simultaneously, and these projects are also becoming increasingly complex. This means that it is becoming increasingly difficult for project managers to make the right decisions from a vast array of options. Therefore, it is becoming more and more important that they have the 

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necessary tools at hand to help them reduce complexity and work more efficiently.

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7. Cloud as the standard

The security and data protection concerns were justified, especially when you keep hearing about security breaches and data leaks in the media - the latest example being the log4j security breach. Nevertheless, the cloud was and is secure and offers many advantages. Many companies have noticed these advantages especially 

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after the first Corona lockdown in 2020: If the data is stored locally in the company's internal server, employees cannot access it. Another advantage of the cloud, even away from remote work, is the huge time savings.  After all, if you run your own server, you have to maintain and service it and perform 

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upgrades and updates. With a cloud server, you save that overhead.  These and many other advantages and developments mean that soon it will no longer be "cloud first", but "cloud only".

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8. Lifelong learning & knowledge management

Never before has the world changed as quickly as it is now, and never before have we had access to so much knowledge. Companies that want to be ready for the future must therefore promote a culture of learning and offer their employees the opportunity to continue their education, and they must also safeguard their store of knowledge in good time.

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9. Sustainability & social responsibility

Sustainability and social responsibility are also playing an increasingly important role in project management.  For a while now, not only financial aspects have been considered to evaluate the success of a project, but also the extent to which the project has created a benefit for society. When selecting projects, increasing attention is 

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9. Sustainability & social responsibility

being paid to sustainability and responsible implementation.  Clients choose partners who are aware of their social responsibility, and investments are evaluated according to "environmental social governance" criteria.

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