Introduction A successful project manager (PM) must be a leader and teacher and think on both large and small scales. Indeed the PM wears many hats in the course of a project. Managing a project on a global scale has different ramifications than the project that is located entirely domestically.
The PM will face challenges in managing remote teams and working with team members from multiple ethnic and sociopolitical backgrounds. He or she needs to understand the types of alliances that exits within a given organization, whether they be competitive or corporative. The PM needs to be able to recognize which technological enhancements will benefit his project both now and in the future. Finally the PM should always be on the lookout for new trends in his or her industry and understand how they can benefit current and future projects.
Project Trends A successful PM should be able to see and identify trends that will be important in the future of project management.
The PM will most likely belong to multiple organizations and subscribe to many industry publications. This he does for the sake of not only keeping current, but also seeing what the future may hold for his profession.
One trend that is becoming ever more common is globalization. The PM need not be involved in a global project to be affected by other countries. As the world becomes smaller, figuratively speaking, many companies and countries that once produce their own goods and provided their own services must now look to new horizons to fill those needs. David Curling, a noted project manager author and speaker had the following to say regarding globalization: Financial markets of the world are interconnected in a fashion that boggles the imagination. We are told, in great detail, and in real time...