Trend #3: Expanding Our Toolkit, It Is Not Waterfall or Agile
If not Waterfall or Agile, it is both and more. Many of us grew up developing and implementing project management methodologies with the idea that one size fits all. Meaning that all projects will need to follow the same methodology, the same project life cycle, the same templates.
In the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, the focus was on traditional waterfall methods. In the 2010s, it moved to Agile, i.e., all projects then had to follow an agile approach. Today we know that this is wrong. You cannot have just one method to address all the types of projects and changes that you have in your organization.
In 2021, we will see the evolution of implementing projects into a set of tools, which will include agile practices, traditional project management practices, and some design thinking, innovation, lean startup, program management, and change management. Depending on the type of project, project managers should be able to apply one tool or different ones simultaneously.