Topic-icon Three Key Challenges

1 year 2 months ago #132 by Anne Hunnex

I am not sure if you are asking about the profession of project management or about a specific industry, but I can provide a generic answer about the three things that I feel affect every industry and profession these days.

1) Remaining Relevant: Every industry and person need to continually recreate and evolve to remain competitive and relevant. As project managers, this means being able to react to changes in technology, business practices, and workforce changes. We can’t get comfortable and do things the way they have always been done. As individuals it requires that we continue to learn, gain knowledge, and realize that the answers of the past might not be what is needed in the moment or in the future. Analyze each situation and find the best solution.

2) Pace of Change: It is no secret that the world is changing constantly, but the pace of change is also continuing to accelerate. We see that especially in technology where we need a new device almost every year. Change is not something that people adapt to easily. Since we are not machines or devices, we resist change and it causes stress. The challenge within industry is to recognize the process of change and be able to accelerate people’s adoption to change through change management. Along with that we can’t ignore the need to develop security, morality and rules/laws around changes we are proposing. We have seen the consequences of having great new capabilities on the internet without thought to how people can use the new capabilities with evil intent.

3) Focus on the People: When dealing with customers, employees, or coworkers, we need to remember that they are not machines/ devices. Getting good employees has become more competitive and it will continue to be the case as the generations shift. Workers are looking for more than just a paycheck and they will have the leverage to demand more. Customers expect to be heard and have new social media tools to expand the reach of their opinions. Whether you are leading a project team, dealing with an internal customer or helping to launch a new product, it is essential to consider the human aspects of your actions. There is very capable competition out there, which means you need to be work on identifying and satisfying people's needs for them to engage in a business relationship.

If you notice, there is a common theme in these answers. Professionals can no longer get comfortable and just keep doing the same thing. The key is in constantly seeking knowledge, evolving practices, and establishing stronger relationships in order to achieve success. Hopefully, this addresses your question.

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1 year 2 months ago #131 by Clay Rehm

What are the three key challenges for our industry today and how can these be tackled effectively?

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