Stakeholders and project complexity
The greatest challenge facing project management in the 21st century is managing the shift from the ‘command and control’ paradigm based in the theories of scientific management developed in the early 20th century to a recognition of the inherent uncertainty and complexity involved in managing every project, in particular projects focused on the outputs of knowledge workers such as ICT and business change projects.
Is project management a standard or cultural process?
Does the emergence of an international standard, and the internationalisation of other standards including the dozen or more translations of the PMBOK* Guide mean project management is a standard process across all cultures and societies, or do we need cultural versions of the PMBOK Guide similar to the current industry extensions?
Will project management credentials survive a recession?
With the potential for GFC2 looming and an extended downturn in business continuing there is still a jobs market. The job situation in Australia and South East Asia is nowhere near as bad as in the USA or Europe and many project managers are proactively using the downturn to move their careers forward.