Trend #2: From Project Manager to Strategy Implementation Professionals
It's about the competencies to succeed in the Project Economy. The World Economic Forum, in their Future of jobs report 2020, highlights the growing importance of project management as well as strategic roles. My latest research for the current book I am writing, the Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook (to be published in Sept 2021), clearly shows that senior leaders see project management as a core competency and invest in it over 2021 and beyond.
However, project managers will need to learn new skills, and evolve to become what I call strategy implementation specialist. They will need to start working on the project earlier on. That is, within the innovation phase, by facilitating ideation and using design thinking techniques to ensure that the best ideas are chosen and are developed into products that generate value through the right project management approaches.
With the slow absorption of project management tasks by AI (see Trend #5), most manual tasks will be replaced by leadership, strategic, and value creation competencies. The main challenge was that before, there was no course to help project managers, scrum masters, and managers to make this step change in their careers. I am proud to say that over the past two years, I developed the first global online course and certification as part of the Strategy Implementation Institute.
4. See amazon.com/Harvard-Business-Project-Management-Handbook-ebook/dp/B08LHGKBKY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1603497167&sr=8-3