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Project Management: 5 Biggest Trends

It’s going to be interesting to see how society deals with artificial intelligence, but it will definitely be cool. – Colin Angle

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In an effort to get you up to speed on the world of project management and what is shaping it, this article will take a look at five of the biggest trends that are shaping the industry in 2018 and will continue to do so for the remainder of this year.

The Benefits of AI

Everyone on the planet is seemingly talking about artificial intelligence and the many uses and benefits of it. However, much of the talk is about consumer uses (such as Siri and Google Home), but AI also has benefits for companies and businesses as well. AI can add a ton of the project management industry such as adding productivity, improving workflow, and make other suggestions to improve. The great thing is, AI isn’t even close to reaching its full potential yet.

Emotional Intelligence is a Key

Emotional intelligence isn’t new, but it is increasingly getting more important. It used to be all about productivity and efficiency, so much so that we almost forget that it is indeed people providing this efficiency and productivity. While technical skills are still very important, soft skills are not to be ignored. You need to be able to communicate effectively, and if you treat the workers and coworkers with respect, they will be much better employees and feel more valued.

More Remote Teams

As the years go by, the benefits of remote working for both individuals and companies are becoming more and more clear. For workers, there is higher satisfaction, less sick time, less commute time and costs and more. For employers, they will have less administrative overhead to deal with and fewer worker hours loss due to sick time. So with more remote workers, there will be more remote teams working on projects together, Thankfully, there are many tools, apps, and software that can help make working within a remote team incredibly simple.

Analytics Becoming Even More Important

Analytics have been very important for a long time in project management and will continue to be key for the foreseeable future. Those who work in project management love numbers and love to analyze them. Because of this, the use of project dashboards that give us a peek at all sorts of different analytics will continue to be used by thousands of different project managers. There are many different tools available for project managers to use (such as the ones found at that are sure to provide them with all the metrics and analytics that they desire.

The Use of Kanban Boards

If you have never heard of Kanban boards, don’t worry, as you are certainly not alone. Kanban boards originated in the Japanese company, Toyota. Kanban means billboard in Japanese, and the methodology of using Kanban boards is popping up in project management across the world. It is a lean scheduling technique that uses a board composed of a grid and cards to manage workflow and is particularly useful for smaller teams and organizations.

In conclusion, project management is always changing and these five trends have had a huge impact in 2018 so far, and this will continue into the second half of the year. Only time will tell what sorts of innovations and trends will continue to shape this ever-evolving industry in 2019 and beyond.


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