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As the definition implies, a project manager is a professional who keeps creating, leading, defining, communicating and enhancing. With so much action going on, a project manager needs to keep elevating their management skills. So many proposals and techniques are anticipated; however, if you are a project manager looking for the latest project management trends in 2022, keep reading.
Here are five project management trends in 2022 to keep up with:
Artificial intelligence and automation:
More than 80% of professionals say that AI positively impacts their organizations. AI is no longer only about advanced IT and technology applications; instead, it has ventured into traditional settings, ensuring successful project completion in several ways, mainly with an impact on enhancing tasks traditionally done by humans. In other words, AI-powered tools take over basic administrative tasks and functions for project managers. A few examples would be meeting scheduling, reminders, and daily updates to more complicated jobs, such as monitoring projects based on time and budget. Using AI-powered data analysis based on past projects, project managers will have much more accurate forecasts of how a project costs and how long it will take. Furthermore, the real value in AI is in the algorithms that support precise decision-making, allowing for an increase from 23% to 37% of projects managed using AI intelligence and automation.
2. Agile and hybrid management:
Work has become more fluid; agile management is one key answer in maintaining workflow and fluidity. Assigning one fixed team makes it more apparent what can be achieved and what can not, to mention that having one consistent, familiar squad will make the flow of information, hence sharing knowledge, more fluid. One of the fundamentals of the agile framework is hybrid management. The hybrid path is about bringing software development teams and remote project management together and letting them work under one umbrella of skill sets while always looking for the most efficient ways to complete a project.
3. Knowledge sharing:
Ensuring the knowledge of the critical experts is shared with several heads is the ultimate agile environment mindset. Functioning on your own is much faster, noticeably, in the short run. In the long run, knowledge sharing is a project management trend that will continue to rise. It aims to eliminate bottlenecks who tend to keep their essential knowledge to themselves while enhancing knowledge flow by grouping staff members with similar skills together, automatically reducing conflict.
In summary, knowledge sharing = Flow.
4. Demand for emotionally intelligent leaders:
Recently, the workplace has found an increasing new demand for emotional intelligence. While analytical skills are still necessary for successful project management, the World Economic Forum supports the growing demand by employers for emotional intelligence and other social skills. This is very relevant for project managers, as their scope of work is about understanding people better. Managing people's resources more effectively requires an accurate and deep understanding of people first. In addition, creating a connection and empathy with others has become much more critical, especially with the rise of remote work.
5. Growing attention to mental health:
Again, in recent years, organizations have turned their attention to mental health. As people return to the workplace or shift between hybrid and remote working, there is an elevated stress level among employees and employers who have to adapt to these changes. Therefore, organizations have adopted flexible working hours, fitness programs, online mental support talks, and more, all in an attempt to support their employees mentally.
In terms of project management, clear communication has retaken its toll. From setting clear expectations to defining goals and project deadlines to offering more constructive criticism and praise. All in the attempt to support employee mental health.