[SINGAPORE] TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, the global authority in corporate education and project
leadership training, has released its Top 10 Trends for 2019. This year's trends reflect the growth of
project-based work globally, in tandem with ever-changing technology and complexity within organisations
and in the marketplace.
"The nature of project management and leadership work is proliferating – not only geographically, but
notably across roles and functions. Project-based work has expanded beyond just the PMO or IT
department," said Christoffer Ellehuus, Strategy Execution's CEO. "We believe that successful execution of
strategic projects only happens today when professionals and leaders have the right mix of business,
technical, and people skills in combination with the right adaptive mindset," he continued. "These trends
together reflect the fact that project work touches all parts of the business and even those who may not
think of themselves as classical project managers must aim to develop an adaptive skill set to advance their
careers while also moving their organisations forward."
This year's trends highlight reasons why adaptive skill sets are increasingly in demand, and why project
leaders at all levels of organisations across different industries should work to develop these holistic
▶ Disruptive Technologies Will Continue Their Trajectory
Being able to predict the next disruptor in your industry is nearly impossible, but what you can do is better
equip your leaders to react and adapt to whatever the technological future holds.
▶ Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Are Permeating Project-Based Work
Organisations will find that embracing– rather than resisting – the onslaught of AI and big data and
learning how to find the "human difference" in their people will be the key to adapting to increased
▶Vendor Management and Outsourcing is Growing
Most project-based workers today manage vendor relationships in some capacity. Having the technical
know-how to understand the contractual elements, combined with the adaptive skills to collaborate and
problem solve with a multitude of vendors across varying projects is paramount to success.
▶Global Context Shifts Increase Business Uncertainty
Whether impacted by Brexit, U.S.-China trade tensions, or political divisiveness, no organisation today is
insulated from what's happening globally. Having leaders with the right awareness and mindset to adapt to
external changes is critical.
▶ Project Teams Are Migrating to Shared Platforms
It's hard to keep up with the emerging technological resources available to project teams today. But this
migration is inevitable, so organisations should upskill their teams to move deftly across various platforms to
increase workflow efficiency and collaboration.
▶Agile Rises from the Tech Store to the Top Floor
Agile has emerged from an IT methodology to one that can be applied throughout the organisation – even
at the very top. We're seeing Agile emerge to the C-suite as executives realize how this mindset and practice
can help organisations change and adapt their strategies more quickly.
▶ Managing Changes in Change Management
Due to the inevitability of change across all businesses, the responsibility of managing change can no longer
be contained to the HR department. Increasingly, employees at all levels of the organisation are expected to
develop the communication and leadership skills to be change agents.
▶ Curated Learning on the Rise
Employees today are having to learn on the job while still managing their day-to-day tasks. To keep up,
organisations will seek out modern approaches to professional development and training that can benefit
their teams and the business alike.
▶ Project Management Booming in Developing Nations
Project management-related roles will experience unprecedented growth over the next decade, primarily in
India and China. As projects continue to span the global market, the discipline of project management will
sustain its growth to support these initiatives.
▶Supply Chain Mounting in Complexity
Companies today are under pressure to deliver products faster, cheaper, and better than they have before.
This demand adds pressure to the traditional supply chain and requires leaders with the right skill sets to
effectively navigate the increased complexity.