Five Project Management Trends that Will Impact Small Businesses in 2019

Project teams must stay on top of the latest trends in project management, and try to keep up with what’s happening down the road. This is crucial for continual improvement and value delivery.
It is not always easy to get executive buy-in for technology trends in project management (PM).

According to Capterra’s 2018 Top Tech Trends Survey, 4% of small- and medium-sized business (SMB), leaders don’t take into account technology advancements and trends when planning their strategic strategies. 17% do, but they aren’t a major consideration.
Even if your SMB executives consider technology trends an important part of strategic planning, how can you tell which PM trends in an ever-evolving industry are worth pitching?
We’ve done the legwork for you. Let’s take a look at five PM trends that will be most relevant to SMBs for 2019, along with some tips on how your SMB could start leveraging these trends.
Here are the top project management trends that we will cover:

#1: Experience is more important than certifications; accidental project managers are in the spotlight
WHAT ARE ACCIDENTAL PROJECT MAGERS?
“Accidental Project Managers” are people who manage and collaborate on projects, but do not have formal training, certification or the title of “project manager.” This is especially true in small businesses, where certified project professionals are rare.
WHY IT’S A TREND IN 2019
Planview’s 2018 study on collaboration found that while two thirds of participants manage projects as part their job, they are not project management certified. A majority of respondents don’t have a project management title or role.
Although accidental project managers are not on the rise, they are becoming more prominent and recognized for the important role they play in organizations.
This is also true for PM certifications. More organizations are realizing that the value of experience in managing and controlling changes is more important than certifications.
“In the face transformational efforts, it will be a business-critical skill set to be able to control and manage the introduction of change and its impact. This is far more than being PMP-certified or PRINCE2-certified in a bunch of practices that are quickly becoming obsolete.”
Gartner Research VP Michael Hanford, “Where Your PPM Career Will Not Be in 2020: Project Managements Must Reinvent Theirself for the Digital Future” (full Gartner report available to Gartner clients).
HOW TO USE THIS TREND IN YOUR SMB
Encourage a culture of leadership that supports and develops accidental managers capable of driving operational changes by:
According to PMI’s 2018 Pulse of Profession report, organizations that invest in project talent, PM abilities, and project culture will have significantly higher success rates (92% versus 32% among underperformers).
#2: Project management moves beyond IT and into “everywhere”
WHAT IS PROJECT MANAGEMENT EVERYWHERE?
Experts, including Gartner, see project management everywhere as the next step in the industry’s natural progression. This is a state in which PM becomes a common skill set that is needed across departments and functions, and less of an IT role.
WHY IT’S A TREND IN 2019
Gartner’s 2018 PPM Cycle report shows that business unit spending on technology is increasing each year due to traditional IT-run projects being viewed as too slow (full research available for Gartner clients).
Businesses must respond quickly to changes in order to be successful.