Project Management Circa 2025 Today I was able to interview Bopaya Bidanda and David I. Cleland (PMI Fellow, PhD) from “Project Management Circa 2030”. This collaborative effort of 41 authors aims to predict the future state of project management and how it will be implemented in the next 15 years. It is descriptive and not prescriptive. It’s descriptive, not prescriptive. Instead of giving the whole story, I will give a summary of the discussion or at least the points that I found interesting. I will be honest and say that I have not read the book. The PMI provided a summary of each chapter. I liked
- This book was the result of a collaborative effort. David and Bopaya spoke about how the writing process went surprisingly smoothly given the involvement of 39 authors. It was great to see that they sought out experts in different fields to help with a particular aspect of project management.
- Looking ahead. Because things change so quickly, the editors discussed the possibility of a second edition. I asked them about their willingness and ability to incorporate feedback from project managers’ reactions to the book. They were very open to doing so.
I Didn’t Like
- It seems that there is not enough information about how different project management organizations, including PMI will support project management and develop the profession. I wanted to know if the book discussed the future of internship programs, and other activities in other professions such as the medical field. Again, I haven’t yet read the book but the summary and answers don’t seem to indicate that this was addressed.
- Unrepresented are small-scale projects and companies. These chapters were written by industry leaders. A common theme seems to be large-scale projects that use a deterministic framework. Maybe I’ll change my mind after reading this text, but at this point, it seems that Agile, Critical Chain, Complex Adaptive Systems, and Lean are not represented as specific chapters or topics. These topics may be discussed in individual chapters, but I’m not sure. I would like to see these topics covered in chapters with thought leaders.
Facebook page for discussing the future of project management:http://www.facebook.com/futureofpm