Collaboration Gains Importance as Project Complexity Grows
1. Programme management will gain momentum, but resources remain in short supply
Increasingly, large initiatives undertaken by corporations and government agencies are being recognised for what they are and aren't: namely programmes, not projects, which require a highly advanced set of skills supported by appropriate tools and methods to successfully execute. Yet many organisations struggle to find the right people and lack the management practices necessary to ensure success. In 2012, we will see more investments made in competency models, training, methodology development, tool use, and career pathing to ensure that professionals who carry the title Programme Manager are fit for the role.
2. Collaboration software solutions will become an essential business tool for project teams
The proliferation of collaborative software in the project environment such as SharePoint® is going to intensify in 2012. Fuelled by increasingly complex and virtual projects as well as tightened budgets, today's environment demands a more efficient way to manage communication and workflow. Collaboration is central to project management and having a site which allows project artifacts to be created, shared and distributed within a repository that provides Web-based access and critical functions such as automatic distribution and notification, version control, and user authentication, greatly enhances productivity.