Project Management - What is the Next Major Milestone?

Project Management - What is the Next Major Milestone?

Insights | 22 May 2019

Project Management is no dusty relic of the past. Rather, Project Management continues to grow, evolve and influence individuals.

Looking at the modern history of Project Management, we can note several key milestones, including:

  • 1917 – Henry Gantt created the Gantt chart
  • 1958 – The US Navy developed the Program Evaluation Review (PERT) for its Polaris project
  • Late 1950s – The Critical Path Method (CPM) was developed
  • 1989 – Earned Value (EV) came to prominence in Project Management
  • 2001 – Agile, as a project style, was codified

Of course, there were many milestones in between these, and the history of project management is still being written.

I wanted to share my thoughts as to what the next possible major milestone in Project Management could be – the blending of technology and neuroscience. This involves delving into complex human behaviour and ultimately working to understand the thinking patterns of peers and clients equally.

Neuroscience allows us to have a better understanding of how individuals in an organisation will respond to change, therefore allowing a Project Manager to adapt their leadership style to suit the team. It will also permit greater visibility of impediments to teamwork and resistance to change.

Combining neuroscience and technology will give us superior, advanced decision making, as well as harmonious, high performing teams with the ability to identify client needs while delivering successful outcomes.

By understanding the thinking patterns of teams and clients, we will be able to leverage that knowledge in a positive way in business.

What other advancements in Project Management have you seen that could drastically change the current ways of working? Please share your thoughts and observations in the comments.

PM-Partners has the experience to help get your organisation’s transformation initiative off the ground, mobilised and executed. Contact myself or PM-Partners today on 1300 70 13 14 for more information.

About The Author

Ken Sheargold, Chief Executive Officer at PM-Partners group

Ken joined PM-Partners as a Transformation Consultant in February 2016 and took on the role of CEO on May 8th 2017. Ken is responsible for delivering major transformational change where there is complexity, risk, many inter-dependencies and conflicting priorities.

Prior to joining PM-Partners group he held a number of executive appointments in the NSW Government and Telstra Corporation.

His most recent appointment in government was the Executive Director, Premiers Implementation Unit directly responsible for supporting the Premier in the delivery of his key priorities across NSW. Prior to working in the Department of Premier and Cabinet he was the Executive Director of ServiceFirst, the shared services organisation responsible for the provision of shared services to the central agencies of government.

He was the Program Director and commercial lead for the outsourcing of ServiceFirst that successfully executed contracts with Unisys and Infosys in June 2015 with a total contract value of $235 million dollars.

Prior to joining the NSW Government, he held a number of senior appointments in Telstra Corporation. Those appointments included Executive Director Corporate Strategy and Customer Experience and Executive Director Service Advantage.

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