Top 10 Project Management Trends for 2014

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Whether they like it or not, project managers are learning to learn through virtual learning.

In the “good old days,” project managers went off to training by heading to the airport, booking hotel rooms, and attending live training classes in far-off cities. They liked the camaraderie, the intimacy of the classroom setting, and racking up those frequent flyer miles they could use for vacation travel. Those days have slowly ground to a halt. First, there’s literally no time for training. And second, companies aren’t willing to pay the travel and living costs for the “luxury” of attending an instructor-led class.

PM training today is shifting, faster and faster, to the Internet accessed by desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. It’s dispersed in “chunks” of video components, webinars and online modules. It’s not for everyone, but if that’s all the organization will pay for, then project professionals have a choice: They can either take the training or they can let their skills calcify. Seems like PMs are getting used to it and are taking advantage of it. The question is: Is it as effective as being in a “real” classroom?

ESI International’s top 10 trends in project management highlight the need for leadership within projects, whether agile or Waterfall. They also discuss the challenges associated with finding qualified PMs, and finding the right balance of PM approaches in this evolving industry. ESI International’s top 10 trends in project management were identified by a global panel of ESI senior executives and subject matter experts.


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