Compared with some other industries, project management – and any type of business management affair, really, seem a bit static. Don’t be fooled by the surface of things, though. At the beginning of every new year, a clock starts ticking. It sounds the alarm of new trends and things business owners and project managers alike should bear in mind.
As you can guess, 2016 is no exception. Over 2015 we saw the continuation of some trends (rich 3rd party integration to streamline operations even better) and we reacted accordingly. That’s why you see Cronforce adjusting to the industry’s finest with a portfolio of integrations that will ease your daily tasks immensely.
But what about 2016? What should you be on the lookout for when managing your business or projects?
Hot trend #1 to look out for: Remote teams
We’ve already talked in length about the flexible schedule business movement and why it’s actually pretty beneficial. Remote teams are a vital part of this process. In fact, we can safely say that the future for businesses of any size and kind slides towards everything going remote.
You can see that already with hundreds of apps and pieces of software to bring mobile teams together. Cronforce was built like that from the ground up too, because we ourselves are scattered across countries and continents. Remote teams are slowly becoming the norm, with market analyzers predicting that as much as 40% of the US workforce will be decentralized and follow the route of freelancing.
This trend, however, is not limited to US businesses only. The very nature of project management, enterprise management and business affairs is moving towards an all-remote paradigm. Contractors, freelancers and other type of temporary, per-project employees will construct the new working environment.
In such a situation, any project manager would need an efficient way to consolidate and properly manage these scattered team members. Remote teams reportedly have a greater output and increased motivation levels, plus efficiency per hour worked. At the same time, there are inherent risks for miscommunication that might lead to decreased productivity. With remote teams, the need for even better project management and business management will arise.
Forget about painful, hour-long meetings that need to be conducted face-to-face. A combination of Cronforce with GoogleApps, Trello, Basecamp or Asana will be the way to go. However, that will require a more intelligent approach to business management.
Hot trend #2 to look out for: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
2015 was crazy for the BYOD trend. The smartphone and tablet rise the tech industry saw was just a hint at what’s shaping up in the near future. If you feel great about the mobile generation sweeping in more sales for your business, you’ve only seen the start of it all. Same applies for project managers who enjoy the flexible, fast-paced way of overseeing how their team works on the project at hand.
If you’re unsure of what BYOD exactly is, here’s a short definition: the trend of enterprises letting their employees use their own device for any work purposes. Most of the time, we’re talking about smartphones or tablets here, though laptops are a honorable mention too.
BYOD will shape the new face of project management and business management as much as the remote revolution we discussed beforehand. Some IT specialists such as New Horizons mention that project management will undergo some “new generation” challenges due to the BYOD trends.
A notable one is the inclination towards help desk ticketing solutions integrated in the project management software businesses already use. BYOD makes any type of technical support a little more complex and demanding in comparison with its previous form. We might see a wide number of new processes and requirements towards project managers emerging. The rising importance of help desk software for proper business management is just one of them.
Which leads us to…
Hot trend #3 to look out for: the new age of project managers
Trend #1 and #2 should have clearly shown what the future for project and business management is: diversification. The business industry is getting more fragmented, more fast-paced, more demanding. Managing any enterprise – and its teams and project, is not only a matter of hard-set requirements any more. Project managers need to be constantly on the look for polishing their skills and updating them.
The hard truth for 2016 is this: you might be the most punctual and hardworking project manager out there. But if you can’t keep with the needed tech (the whole swarm of software, apps and integrations) or new working environment (remote teams, decentralized communication model), you’ll be at a disadvantage.
We might think of the new age of project managers as something that already happened in the IT niche. That’s right: certifications. Any IT specialist you ask will tell you that the certifications they earned were a requirement set by any company looking to hire them. With the current trends looming over the project and business management niche, any professional should look towards landing a few certifications.
The good news here?
More and more enterprises – especially the rising number of SMEs and startups, realize that any proper business management is linked with a project manager pro. Project manager positions are increasing and will continue to be a lucrative field to get into. Sure, the barrier to entry has just become a bit higher. However, as a project manager, you’ll deal with:
Hectic team management and the need to assess every team member’s skills and personality.
Tight budgeting where financial rules might be changed at any second.
Stern requirements set by company owners or even worse – shareholders.
Difficult communication with demanding clients.
Deadlines and timelines that might fluctuate unexpectedly and call for quick yet mature way of adapting.
So we can safely say that a bit of a rough start is a good way for you to warm up and see whether you’re actually up to the challenge.
As we’re insiders to the business management industry, we understand your worries and pains. Cronforce is both easy to use and offers you the variety of features and integrations you can use to be a cut above the rest. What do you say about a) improving your team management skills, b) setting important bits of how any business operates and c) hitting all the right project management spots? Try Cronforce out for free and you might just do that.
The Cronforce.com Team