Top Project Management Articles 2018


Project management is a rapidly growing field. It’s not always easy to stay tuned and be aware of all its current and upcoming trends, but taking a look at top publications on the subject is always useful.

We’ve collected top project management articles of 2018 that forecast upcoming trends, describe today’s tendencies and give a piece of advice on many aspects of project leadership, management and communication. Here’s our list:

This overview by TechRepublic described the major 2018 trends in project management. The most important trend highlighted by experts is migration to EPMO model (Enterprise Project Management Office). It is a more strategic approach that aligns project activities with the company’s objectives.

Related trends are increased use of analytics and global recognition of business intelligence tools in the fields where they were not used previously. Even startups are expected to be adopting formal approaches and tools to optimize their work process. More remote teams and millennials are hired, and emotional intelligence becomes a more important factor in recruiting.

This article by actiTIME describes the most common project planning mistakes that lead to missed deadlines, non-compliance with project requirements and customer dissatisfaction. It also shows ways to prevent the mistakes and reduce related risks. Being aware of these pitfalls, a manager is able to take proactive measures against them and deliver the project as planned.

In actiTIME blog, you can find more posts about project management. They cover organizational, financial, psychological and other aspects of the subject and give valuable insights into project team management, communication, leadership and work efficiency.

3. A Comprehensive Guide to Hiring Project Managers

From this guide, you’ll learn when to consider hiring a PM, what to look for to find the right talent, what qualifications and skills should a project management professional have and which tools they’ll need to work with. It covers both general criteria and key things to consider when choosing an expert that would be the right fit for your specific project. You’ll also see what technical knowledge to look for in a project manager’s experience and expertise.

The guide gives insights about remote and part-time work models, team workload management and key PM methodologies. Several real-life use cases help better understand how to translate the advice provided in this article into practice.

4. How to Get into Project Management

If you’re looking for a way to get into project management, you’ll definitely find this article interesting. Elizabeth Harrin collected stories of 5 women who found their way to become project managers, having an unrelated professional background, such as chemical engineering or radiology.

The women share their stories about why they started their careers as project managers, how they learnt new skills and got their certification and what they started with. Their stories show that becoming a project manager is not an unrealistic goal even if you don’t have relevant background and experience.

5. How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together

Agile collaboration is critical for business success today due to increasing volatility and uncertainty. However, traditional hierarchical decision making and cultural rigidity gets in the way, which turns collaboration into a challenge.

This article offers ways to overcome this difficulty. It contains advice on identifying team parts that need closer attention and/or different approach, goal setting, using data and analytics, and improving communication across agile teams.

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6. Why Scrum Alone Does Not Work

This article points out the weak points of the Scrum methodology and shows what can work better for project delivery in product development. Concise and structural, it provides a practical advice on how to move agile project management to something more real and beneficial than just following theoretical principles.

As the authors point out, Scrum, being one of the most common Agile methods, tends to be prescriptive and rigid. Furthermore, it became controversial due to a significant number of rules that it includes. The authors offer specific ways to overcome the inflexibility of this method and make it work better in a “real world” environment.

7. 6 Styles of Project Leadership and How to Use Them Effectively

Among emerging 2018 trends in project management, many experts point out that the role of soft skills grows. Communication and leadership are crucial skills that any project leader needs for an efficient work. This article provides an overview of leadership styles and gives advice on how to get the most value out of each one.

Leadership styles specified in the article are based on emotional types of personalities. If you recognize any of them as your own style, follow the advice on how to shape your communication with your team in an efficient and comfortable way.

8. Ten Sentences with All That Scrum Master Advice You’ll Ever Need

There’s no lack of advice for beginners in project management. Mike Cohn, the author of this article, has been working as Scrum Master for over 20 years and has collected a lot of advice to share with everyone.

The advice is boiled down to just ten do’s and don’ts. Some of them are quite obvious and some seem familiar from everyday life, sports or psychology, but the author explains in detail the importance of each of them for team management. Both newbies and experienced Scrum masters will find here something helpful or interesting.

9. Using Strong Emotional Intelligence to Manage Conflicts: A Case Study

As we already mentioned above, focusing on emotional intelligence (EI) is this year’s trend. This applies to both managers and regular employees – everyone participating in the work process and related communication. In her post, Gina Abudi describes a case of one of her consulting agency’s client: it shows how increasing EI among staff members helped resolve conflicts and improve work results.

Worth mentioning is that the client is an organization that provides IT support, so most employees involved in consulting and training were engaged in an emotionally demanding work. The article contains a detailed description of performed work and an overview of results. Reduced conflicts and increased customer satisfaction rate seem to be an inspiring outcome that indicates the importance of following the EI trend.

10. Eliminating the Product Owner Role

The author, Joshua Kerievsky, doesn’t seem to actually suggest eliminating the PO role: he states it just no longer exists. At least, in efficient agile teams, which all managers eventually intend to create. A personal PO role is now history: it has been inherited from the waterfall model era, but it works no longer.

The article describes how exactly the PO role can be replaced. Many would argue that the described functions are exactly the functions of a PO. However, the key is that this role is no longer personal: agile teams share ownership of planning and prioritization, work together to achieve the planned outcome and, therefore, co-own the work. Collective ownership is supposed to create a different attitude and a more efficient approach.

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