Top 10 IT Project Management Trends for 2013
"Control of the Data" has been eWEEK's mantra for the last couple of years. Basically all our coverage touches this phrase. The bottom line in all of IT is this: If you cannot control your data—including accessibility, movement, protection, deployment and legal compliance of that data—then you cannot run a business using IT. Optimum control of data requires effective management, both by humans and their software and hardware tools. An extension of data control is software development project management. In many enterprises, effective project leadership is in short supply as organizations struggle to juggle numerous initiatives, such as implementing agile IT methods, completing large projects, managing vendors, and planning new projects. Companies need to create more value through their project management offices. To this end, eWEEK presents the top 10 trends for project management in 2013, as identified by a global panel of ESI International senior executives and subject matter experts.
Strong Project Leaders Sought, but Focus Is on Skills
The training focus will remain on hard skills, even though many organizations will continue to assert that their project managers lack leadership skills such as communications, negotiations, organizational change management, and customer relationship management. The reason is simple: Most companies would prefer to send their project managers to targeted training in the specifics of project and program leadership rather than generic leadership training that is so commonplace.