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November 9th, 2015

Top Trends in Project Management You're Seeing In 2016

Top Trends in Project Management You're Seeing in 2016Change is the only certain aspect of project management. Concerns and trends in 2015 have carried over and changed slightly into 2016.

However, ignorance of these trends is not an excuse for avoiding change and meeting the demands of companies and program managers. Take a look at five of the trends in project management for 2016 and how they will affect your responsibilities as project manager.

Project Management Trends in 2016: Agility

Your project management skills and resources will become increasingly agile in 2016 as more companies and IT projects rely on a self-compliance program to maintain visibility throughout the project. Ultimately, agility revolves around consistent improvements to processes and feedback on how to perform better. This means you will likely need to become a more prominent figure in instructing your project management team members and ensuring the success of your project.

Change Management

More companies and organizations are beginning to understand the value and emphasis on compliance and visibility in modernity. As a result, the management rules, requirements, and procedures are evolving to reflect greater scrutiny into business processes, which directly reflect your activities as a project manager. Capterra predicts; "Project managers will be especially valuable in risk assessment, reporting, and team communication."

Therefore, your role will evolve to become more visible and accountable in the course of a project in 2016. This allows the overall organization to simply pass along information to authoritative figures, watchdog groups, and government agencies, who have oversight in your project.

Increased Emphasis on Mobility

2015 was the year of the smartphone app in project management, and this trend has continued into 2016. However, apps will grow increasingly complex and rely less on terminal-based systems for accessing information. By the end of 2016, the use of computers for managing project processes will become more obsolescent than today. According to LiquidPlanner; "Project managers will be the ones leading this strategic mobile shift that will have a ripple effect on all phases of the project lifecycle from development through deployment."

Preferences for PMP-Certified Project Managers.

Due to increased scrutiny in project management processes and the policies within a given company, executive-level managers will move towards PMP-certified project managers. Although some project managers without the certification will still exist, the job opportunities will grow scarce, and eventually, companies will not even consider any applicants without this certification for project management roles.

Big Data Becomes Part of Project Management.

Project management has historically focused on physical factors and aspects of ensuring a project stays within budget and time constraints. However, 2015 gave birth to a new era of data analytics processes and improvements in efficiency. 2016 will see the evolution of these processes into the processing power of many project management suites. As a result, risk management and data analytics will help provide stronger, more accurate forecasts into your project. Furthermore, your project management team will become more efficient and be able to work within tighter constraints.

Remote Work Continues to Increase

The advancement of project management  and security tools has led to an increase in the number of teams that are working remote. Companies taking this approach have noted increases in employee efficiency and happiness. Not to mention the lack of geographical borders gives companies a deeper talent list to sort through when it comes to hiring.

There are a few things to consider when diving into the world of remote work. For example, security is a major factor. Moira Alexander of Conture Business Advisors states of Conture Business Advisors states "Security policies and procedures need to be developed and implemented to keep client data secure, especially when employees or vendors use their own mobile devices."


Some project management trends for 2016 have yet to reveal themselves; however, many of the coming trends will reflect minor changes to trends in 2015. The time has come to start thinking about how you will adapt and meet the expectations of the trends in project management in 2016, especially those concerning training in new software capabilities and PMP-certification.

Key Takeaway

  • You will need to become more agile to change in 2016.
  • Organizational values and beliefs will become more visible next year.
  • Smartphone apps will probably replace terminal-based project management systems.
  • Project managers will be required to have a PMP-certification for most positions.
  • Big data will improve efficiency and accuracy in risk management and help other aspects of the project management team by becoming integrating with existing project management software.

About Jeff Collins

Hi there, thanks for reading! As the President of IMS, I’ve just about seen it all in the project management industry. I’m happy to share my experiences to help managers and organizations improve their project performance. Please reach out to our team if you’re struggling to achieve your goals. We’d love to work with you to discover the PM solutions you need for success.

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