10 Trends in Project Management

1- Greater focus on collaboration - As access to information from anywhere began to become popular, organizations started looking for better collaboration tools to provide competitive results to the demands of their customers.

2 - Mobility - The increased use of mobile technology and smartphones has impacted daily activities in projects. The information is available on mobile platforms, which keeps customers and teams constantly updated. And, whether you like it or not, virtual training has been increasingly adopted.

3 - Increased use of agile methods - The use of agile (or hybrid) methods in projects continues to grow in Brazil, capturing the attention of organizations outside the Information Technology area. Increasingly, Project Offices seek to integrate agile methods (mainly SCRUM) into their methodologies.

4 - More “social” projects - Companies continue to adopt mobile and agile social media and project management is also riding this wave. With the rise in popularity of these media, customer demands have increased and they expect more transparency and faster responses. It is interesting to note the decline in the use of e-mail, which has been replaced by other forms of communication, such as Trello, instant messengers, VoIP, WhatsApp and Twitter.

5 - Project Offices (PMOs) in more organizations - As project management tools are increasingly accessible, more organizations are adopting formal approaches to their projects and this projecting starts to demand a professionalization of Project Offices to guarantee the success of projects that they support.

6 - Risks taken seriously - The threats and opportunities surrounding a project have come to be considered fundamental both in the analysis of feasibility and in the planning of Brazilian enterprises. In more mature countries in GP this vision is already consolidated and the effort now is to learn about risks related to organizational culture.

7 - Management outsourcing - With the economic crisis and with organizations focused on more mature projects, the competitive environment started to demand better use of project teams, aiming to sustain profitability. In addition, shorter deadlines now call for accelerated execution. The solution has been to outsource planning and / or management to specialists with proven experience.

8 - The cloud is here to stay - Cloud technology has grown in importance in organizations' project management technology strategy.

9 - Customized PPM Solutions - With the maturity of organizations in terms of adopting a project culture, they now need PPM (Project Portfolio Management) tools that can adapt to their business processes and allow for greater integration with other areas of the company. One reason for this adaptation is due to the fact that most tools are based on traditional project management methods, while many organizations are implementing agile or hybrid methods.

10 - Improved project visibility for Executives - With better project management technology, more information about projects has become available so that executives have a better understanding of how projects impact their business.

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