What is the future for Project Management?

By Jemma Dougall

PMBOK, Agile and Waterfall, PRINCE2, Lean: with so many project management methods out there that have been evolving for the past 25 years, how does one know which one works?

The lack of statistics documenting the correlation between the usage of these methods and project success further adds to the uncertainty.

It’s also almost impossible to examine whether success / failures were a case of the abilities of the people using them or entirely the method’s drawbacks.

So what’s right for the future of Project Management?

In February 2015, M&T Resources and our parent company, SMS Management & Technology, hosted a Project Management Office Meetup to gather the best minds in the Australian industry to discuss those questions.

Held at the 41st floor of our Melbourne office, the event was attended by more than 40 people from leading Australian organisations, including the likes of ANZ, Telstra, NAB, AMP, AXA, CUB, Origin Energy, Australian Unity, and BUPA.

The night was facilitated by Colin Ellis, an M&T Resources contractor and founder of the Meetup community, and featured:

  • Michelle Lac, Project Management Practice Director PM — SMS Management & Technology
  • David Mallam, Head of Design — SMS Management & Technology

Key learnings that I took out from the event were:

1. Culture drives outcomes

Project management methods shouldn’t be driving the objectives and outcomes of the project. Culture plays a big role because with the right culture, people should feel empowered to do what’s right. The methods serve as a guide.

2. Get the team right

Culture also drives the way you hire / engage the project management team. With a right team that has the right values, everyone would be rallying to achieve the same outcomes.

3. Start it right

Once a team is engaged, there should be a ‘proper’ kick off for the team. There were some inspirational ideas to engage and motivate teams thanks to David Mallam’s Lego and Footy tips. People are already incorporating them in their project kick-offs!

If you would like to attend any future events, please contact me at Jemma.Dougall@mtr.com.au.

This was originally written for M&T Resources latest Quarterly Newsletter which can be viewed here: https://lnkd.in/bCzfmng

M&T Resources is Australia’s most awarded and fastest-growing recruitment firms, specialising in technology and business. It is part of public-listed SMS Management & Technology [ASX: SMX], Asia Pacific’s leading consulting, technology and managed services company. www.mtr.com.au