In my previous post, I said, "I can't be sure but I have a feeling that the nature of the project management game is changing." I'm becoming more certain of that all the time -- especially in terms of what that means for my career.
Recall that I articulated three trends that "give me pause:"
• Project management jobs are following other IT jobs to emerging markets
• Agile is gaining in popularity as a way to approach IT projects
• The way the global economy functions is said to be changing
Each of these injects a fair amount of uncertainty into my career plans.
In a project context, uncertainty is interesting in that it has the potential to positively or negatively affect project objectives. The same is true of career objectives, which makes those three trends very interesting to me.
So what are my career objectives? Simple:
1. Continue to manage projects
2. Have enough variety in those projects to keep things interesting
To what extent might the aforementioned trends affect those objectives? It depends on the timeframe. Thinking about the state of the profession over the next four or five years, two questions come to mind:
• Within that time, what is the likelihood that one or more of the three trends I outline will have an impact (positive or negative) on my two career objectives?
• What might that impact be?
You tell me.
What are your overall goals for the next five years, and how will the shifts we see in project management affect those goals?