At PMI´s next Chapter Meeting we´ll discuss about the essential skills for the project manager of the future. With years of experience, PMI developed project management certification to provide project managers with the core competences needed to manage projects around the world. The certifications aims to cover three talent areas: the so-called PMI Talent Triangle. This triangle includes technical, leadership, and strategic & business management expertise. However, recently PMI introduced a new overlay of digital tools to supplement the Talent Triangle. What is changing in the project management landscape and what skills do future project managers need?

Let’s look at some of the recent developments and its possible implications for project management.

Virtual teams

With developments in mobile technologies, staff does not need a physical space to meet up. One only needs to be connected to a network. This shift towards virtual teams does require new management and communication styles.


With the rise of open source platforms, there is a shift towards new models of innovations. Innovations do not only take place in-house, but more and more companies are using crowd-sourced products and ideas. Cooperation and Collaboration becomes even more important to deliver products and services.


Perhaps you have heard of this term before. The gig-economy refers to web-enabled marketplaces that connect businesses and other organisations to freelancers, independent consultants and service providers. This has enormous influence on project work, as teams do not consist of full-time employees anymore, but are diverse and shifting groups of freelance workers.

Generation shifts

As new generations enter the workforce, the traditional culture and relations within companies are bound to change. We are seeing this with the different approach of millennials towards their work. This change in corporate culture requires new styles of leadership to offer flatter hierarchies and more flexibility in work arrangements.


Digital technologies are also changing the shape and composition of our workforce. Processes are being automated and this requires us to rethink the role of employees and the training they need to fulfil their jobs.



(Sources: The Project Manager of the Future, Pulse of the Profession, PMI, September 2018 &
The Future of Project Management, ARUP, Edition 01, April 2017)

On Monday 26th of November, project managers from business and academia in Queensland come together at the next PMI Chapter meeting in Brisbane to discuss the must-have soft and hard skills needed for project managers of the future. Join us!


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