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Will Project Management Survive?
By Demian Entrekin

As Project Portfolio Management takes greater hold on organizations world-wide, traditional approaches to Project Management will alter significantly. Those changes impact the whole concept of Project Management as a discipline and a skill. Here are some of the major changes that will occur:

  1. Projects and project plans will become more and more standardized. In other words, methodologies will become prevalent and seat-of-the-pants project management will go.
  2. Performance measures will become more standard, more scientific and more readily available. The current subjective approach to assessing projects will fade.

  3. Human resource performance will also become more visible and more quantifiable. While it will lag a year or two behind project performance, a new discipline will arise around understanding how people perform on projects.

  1. Project Managers will have to learn more about how to achieve results within a PPM framework, and will be far less focused on the mysterious art of Project Management.

  2. As project execution becomes more predictable, the people who manage project managers will find their bandwidth expand considerably because they will spend less time fighting fires in their active projects.

  3. Finally, Project Managers will be able to become both more accountable for project performance, as well as better able to demonstrate their accomplishments and their value.

In many ways, Project Managment as we know it will change significantly. Will is survive? Not as it is today. Some of those changes are visible now – some are not yet foreseeable.

Demian is the CTO of Innotas. As founder and CEO, Entrekin oversaw marketing, product development, sales and services for the company. Today, he focuses on strategic product direction. Prior to Innotas, Entrekin co-founded Convoy Corporation and was Chief Architect of its initial products. In that role, Entrekin helped the company lead the middleware market with an annual growth rate of 670 percent and played an instrumental role in Convoy’s subsequent acquisition by New Era Networks in 1999. A recognized thought leader in Project Portfolio Management, Entrekin has published numerous papers on PPM and his blog (PPM Today) explores current issues related to successful PPM implementation. During his 18 year career, Demian has assumed leadership roles as a consultant and as an entrepreneur, delivering commercial and corporate database applications. Demian holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University.

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