Monday 6 December 2021

The way forward for project management?

Project management is a skill that product managers must acquire, and one that is not easy to master. the author analyzes the career development possibilities of project management and predicts the future project management, hoping to help you later.

The difference between people is really not emotional intelligence and iq, but thinking.

Recently read a book, called "lifelong growth", i believe that many people may have heard, and i think this thinking can be a good answer to the question of the subject. carol deweek, a psychologist at stan ford university, discovered the power of mindsets after decades of successful research.

It is shown in the book that our success is not determined by talent or ability, but rather by the way we think in the constant pursuit of our goals.

The two modes are fixed and growth. they are mainly reflected in the basic mentality of facing challenges and uncertainties, success and failure. what do you think is more important about talent and effort at this time? can your abilities be changed through effort? is it possible to get the migration?

As long as you think with a growth mind, the subject's question has an answer:

  • lifelong learning, self-refining;
  • believe in the possibilities of "project management" and keep exploring them;
  • i believe we will develop with the industry.
  • the article is longer, but every point is written very seriously, read it must be helpful to you.

First, to maintain "lifelong learning", self-refining

why keep "lifelong learning"?

As has been said in the beginning, the essential difference between people lies in the difference of thinking.

In the face of career development dilemmas:

Fixed thinking people think that i do project management now do not know the technology, the future development should not be too good, i want to change career?

Growth thinking people think that, although not good enough now, but everything can be through hard work to learn and make progress and breakthrough, i want to constantly improve themselves!
the behavior and outcomes of the two people will also end up completely different:

  • fixed thinking people, in the constant job-hopping, and finally do grass-roots staff;
  • and the growth of thinking people, adhere to the industry to explore, maintain their own learning and promotion, found time and time again industry opportunities, even if not to excellence, but at least will be experts in this field.
  • and these two different people, many years later on the work and their own perception must be different, the latter has achieved numerous iterations, and the former is still in the original place.

but don't forget that no one in this world is waiting for you, as long as you don't move forward, it is back. therefore, keeping learning is the only way for us to improve our competitiveness.

second, the most realistic problem: promotion and pay rise.

every hit worker, have the most basic goal, that is, promotion pay rise, but do not learn not to grow, you do not move others, promotion pay rise how is your turn?

Some people will say that "choice is more important than effort", but there is a premise that the right choice needs to be made and sustained efforts. is it to be ceo and broaden your business map? or do deep-till technology become the industry's biggest man? or become a marketing guru across borders?

Most afraid of some people with a state of mind: i am doing so now, promotion and salary increase is late but arrived.

I have a friend, in a company as a project manager, day-to-day work has been able to handle independently, the company's projects will not be very complex, temporary unexpected tasks are difficult to fail him, the day seems to be quite moist, just waiting for this year to raise wages.

It wasn't until the outbreak, the company's poor management, he was on the layoff list, and then look for work, found that his ability and many companies are not suitable, after the backlog of projects urgent and complex, he can not be competent, stay at home for most of the year, began to want to learn to find a breakthrough.

In the recruitment website searched a circle, hoping to see their matching skills, found that the current job requirements change very quickly, but he found that the current pmp certificate in the domestic market recognition is relatively high, recruitment jd on the "pmp certificate priority", which is the only sure thing to break through, so began to prepare for the test.

Tested THEP certificate, with some professional proof, the trustees only to get an offer, no longer dare to go home to lie flat, recently saw him, completely changed a state, reported the course, learning - practice - re-learning - re-practice, also quickly got promoted.

Not that must obtain a certificate to get a good opportunity, but even if you can not do "no one i have", but also to do "people have me", the examination is only the first step, often look at the job description, this is market feedback, can help us find the direction of efforts.

As dickens said, this is the best of times, and the worst of times. this era, all the time to bring us surprises, but also all the time are crises and challenges, as long as we stay awake, continue to learn, to ensure that they are not abandoned by this era.

Project management" career development possibilities

Find the value of your pm position and develop your mobility.

The project management position is the only research and development position with "management" and the success of the job is the delivery of an actual project. it's not just management, it's technical.

But it is also because of this: one aspect, out of the endless pursuit of "capacity, efficiency", pm's supervision function has brought pressure to other positions, emotional and practical pressure;

such a tear makes it difficult to find a balance between perception and value for the position. is the task greater than everything? must you be on the opposite side of the team? how do i turn stress into motivation?

These issues, although the general position has contact, but not so comprehensive, so from this point of view, the project management position itself is very high requirements for individuals, with the ability to migrate the bottom line, can be applied to any industry: team management, risk control and prevention, progress control, communication and coordination and leadership.

Among them, i think the most important value of pm (project manager) is to accelerate the maturity and ability of the team. for example, in team building to improve teamwork, to reach the level of the industry's top production team, from this point of view, management level and professional experience, engineering, development capabilities are equally important.

But at this stage, because management can not form standards, and practitioners' own ability to be very relevant, good teams can not copy and paste, what does that mean? does this mean that the scarcity of abilities is not the core competency?

Many people have doubts about the professionalism of pm's functions, although the pmp certificate now provides pm with professional proof. but in practice it is difficult to tell whether you are technical or managerial. even so, i firmly believe that the level of management is professionally feasible.

Believe that in the work practice, the general manager personal drive, team strength, performance output super high-gloss moment, this moment to turn chance into necessity, because it appears, on behalf of such a state must have traces, but temporarily did not find the right way.

I think this is the pm in the professional research and progress direction, but also to build a core competitiveness of the individual way. honing the general comprehensive ability, team management, risk control and prevention, progress control, communication and coordination and leadership;

excellence is a habit, we have to do is to develop habits, not to find which habit is better to form.

In this information feeding era, stay awake


There is no denying that under the acceleration of the internet, we have been actively and passively "feed information", but still need to remain sober and dialectical judgment.

For "project management", not based on their own short experience, or a few people's vomit, by the trafficking anxiety of unofficial news scared to lose confidence. look at the development of the industry can not be limited to their own one acre of three points, only continuous learning, in order to improve the cognitive look farther.

A joint study by UCL University, APM and ARUP, a leading global engineering consultancy, has published the Future Project of Management study.

the report combines the world's best project management cases. for example, china's "water cube", mumbai airport terminal 2, etc., explores seven future representative project management topics: project team, information management, system thinking, project vision, governance and participation, innovation activities, knowledge management. this spans the entire cycle of project management.

for practitioners, each part can go deep and explore the study.

Looking at the present from the perspective of the future, we will find that in fact we are extremely small, can only do hard work and inquiry. As can also be seen in the report, 2020 will be a year of significant change, with the first global epidemic in 100 years, the outbreak and spread of new crown outbreaks, which are a wake-up call for all industries, and project management is no exception.

At that time, the construction of china's "mountain of fire" shocked the world, including ourselves, which made the veteran, as a practitioner, extremely moved and proud, but also recognized the significance and value of pm.

In the future, project management will continue to play a significant role in new initiatives, emergency projects, major changes, and where there is great risk. 

About economic survival - moving company operations to online virtual scenarios, for example, about life and death, opening a hospital, and so on.

As to the specific contents of the report, we can study it ourselves, but i will go over it. project management in the future, do not use the current vision to spy on the future, it must be biased.

The future of project management


Combined with the pmp exam in September this year, the proportion of agile management has also increased significantly with the addition of green project management sectors

Certification examinations, job descriptions, industry hotspots, and industry development reports are all the basis and weather vane that help us determine the current industry and its position, not that by virtue of their own guesses to see good or sing down a job or even the industry.

Trends in future project management

In the Future of Project Management study mentioned earlier, seven trends for the future of project management are presented.

  • globalization and virtual teams: globalization requires employees to be able to work together efficiently thousands of miles away;
  • open innovation culture: innovation culture gradually open and shared;
  • the labor force tends to diversify: career matching is becoming more efficient and accurate;
  • zero-work economy: freelancing and freelance work;
  • changing corporate culture: corporate culture becomes more flexible;

Digital construction and project complexity. Combined with the reports and development of various industries, we can find ourselves choosing the direction, based on the above analysis, "choice is greater than effort" can be established.


Write at the end

each industry has its own significance of persistence and development, and will continue to improve with the progress of the market, perhaps some industries develop rapidly, some industries slow development. but does not mean that the industry has no future, if only with the current vision of the future, is not "carving the boat for swords"?

The path to success is diverse, there are no standard answers or optimal solutions, and the only thing you can do is to maintain a growth mentality and constantly improve your cognitive and practical skills to cope with any uncertainty in the future.

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