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Which kind of project manager can I be in the future?

19 Sep 2022

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The 2021 edition of the “Talent Gap: Ten-Year Employment Trends, Costs, and Global Implications” report released by the Project Management Institute reveals that there will be a need for around 25 million new project management professionals by 2030.

According to the report, there are mainly three causes:

  • An increase in the number of jobs requiring project management-oriented skills
  • Higher demand for project professionals in emerging and developing countries due to economic growth
  • The rate of retirement from the workforce

This means there will be a lot of new job opportunities for project managers in the next months: but what does it mean to be a project manager?

Project management fundamentals

Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques necessary to meet the project requirements, while the project manager is the person assigned by the performing organization to lead the team that is responsible for achieving the project objectives.

A good project manager has to balance the main competing requirements and demands of a project, being aware that if any of the factors changes, another factor can change as a consequence: 

  • Cost
  • Scope
  • Quality
  • Risk
  • Schedule
  • Resources

How many kinds of project managers are there?

Mainly, there are three kinds of project managers:

  • Technical Project Managers: they have skills and behaviors related to specific domains and need to acquire competences such as control and scheduling, risk management, scope management, agile tools and techniques etc. 
  • Leadership Project Managers: they have skills and behaviors specific to motivate and guide others and help an organization achieve its business goals. They need to acquire competences such as negotiation, conflict management, influencing, problem solving, team building, emotional intelligence etc.
  • Strategy & Business Project Managers: they are industry experts and know how to improve the business performance and deliver better outcomes. They need to acquire competences such as business acumen, finance, marketing, strategic planning etc.

What are the latest trends in project management?

One of the latest trends is agile project management, which means teams remain constant across many iterations and they strongly collaborate to achieve the results. In an agile team, everyone knows who is able to do what, what can be seen as reliable and what is rather uncertain and it is much easier to share knowledge. 

Another trend is the right mix of remote and onsite working, as well as the growing importance of change management

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