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Every two years, the Project Management Institute highlights the current trends in the project management profession by publishing “The pulse of the profession”. The 2015 edition is available here http://www.pmi.org/learning/pulse.aspx.

This analysis is based on an international survey, where the North-American organizations represent 46 % of the samples. This report identifies the key elements connected to the success of a project, elements that must be maintained or even strengthened.



These elements are:

  • A better understanding of the value brought by project management, including talent management (the right person for the right job!),
  • The presence of an active sponsor in the project process,
  • The alignment of projects, programs and project portfolios with the corporate strategy,
  • The establishment of a project office,
  • The use of standard project management practices that increase the level of the company’s project management maturity.



The identified trends are:

  • An increase in the transfer of knowledge ensuring, among others, succession (talent management) and continued improvement,
  • A decrease (of 7 % in comparison to 2013) of risk management implementation, even if statistics show a better performance of companies in companies that manage project risks,
  • An increase in the use of Agile/iterative methods of project management,
  • An increase (of 63 % in comparison with 2013) in managing project value, which means the sum of “extended" benefits expected from projects.



In Quebec, we observe:

 

  • An important increase in the use of Agile methodology.
                    
« In every organization, and particularly in Quebec, the adoption of Agile practices is not seen as a technical change, but more as an organizational and cultural change. » (Marc Messier)
                    

 

 

                    
« For the fans of Agile practices, the community of practice ‘Agile Montreal’ (http://agilemontreal.ca/) is an excellent source of knowledge and offers great opportunities for networking. For those interested in the public sector, the community of practice GR-Quebec (http://www.gp-quebec.net/) offers conferences and opportunities to interact with other professionals that practice project management in the public sector. » (Brian Hobbs)
                    

 

  • Recognition of the value of project management in the event management area.
  • An increased presence of project management in the health and social services sector (“lean" management method and Six Sigma, for example):

 

http://www.chumontreal.qc.ca/sites/default/files/images/detmis_chum_lean_six_sigma_0_0.pdf

http://www2.chudequebec.ca/accueil/nouvelle/index.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=1955&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=5324&cHash=3c5fc18ac9e5db984a7a01fb3ad2bdbf

https://www.sov.qc.ca/votre-csss/qui-nous-sommes/un-etablissement-lean/

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/mauricie/2011/07/06/001-formation-methode-lean-trois-rivieres.shtml