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2019 Disruptive Project Management Trends You Need To Know

Organizations are changing.

They launch new projects every year.

And that will never change.

What’s changing is the nature of the projects

New organizations are undertaking new projects in new, exciting fields and they’re bringing with them new tools and disruptive project management trends that every project manager needs to know.

This year has shown us that organizations that use project management, regardless of the approach that’s used –agile, predictive, or hybrid– are meeting their goals.

Take a look at this graph from a 2018 PMI report

This, undoubtedly, shows that project management brings results.

We’re sure, you probably knew that already.

But, do you know why?

Because project management is not a stagnant industry. Project management changes and adopts new tools and trends to stay useful as a discipline.

By disrupting itself, project management has become one of the most important disciplines in business, and today we bring you the most disruptive project management trends that will most likely be the center of 2019’s project management.

This article covers:

  • How The Digital Disruption Shapes Project Management
  • 7 Disruptive Project Management Trends

How The Digital Disruption Shapes Project Management

According to a PMI study, digital disruption impacts 91% of the organizations they surveyed.

Disruptors are displacing established technologies and changing the global marketplace.

A disruptive technology may be either a tool, a resource employed in production, or a finished product.

And, even though disruption might not be impacting your organization, it’s impacting project management as a discipline.

Which means they’ll impact you sooner than later.

So, it’s better that you prepare.

For the PMI, part of this disruption means that:

These disruptive trends are changing the way organizations work and organizations are viewing the change as an opportunity for innovation and development.

Organizations need to look –and think–  forward. They need to consider the emerging challenges as the project teams blend skills.

But, in truth, project success starts when innovators start implementing the project management trends into their projects.

So, are you ready for the disruption?

We hope you are!

Let’s take a look at these disruptive project management tools.

7 Disruptive Project Management Trends

The digital disruption in project management is changing the way workers collaborate.

Smart organizations see this as an opportunity to innovate and develop newer, better products or services. Also, they’re developing new, technology-powered practices.

Thus, organizations that seek to thrive in the face of disruption will have to invest in these trends to increase their productivity, build better products and services, and improve their decision-making capabilities.

These are of the most disruptive project management trends for 2019.

Read on and find out how they can impact your project management capabilities.

Data Science

According to the PMI, 84% of the organizations they surveyed say that harnessing the power of data science has given them a competitive advantage.

Data science, applied to project management can increase a project’s flexibility and lower costs.

For instance, on a project level, data science provides the following benefits:

  • Access to shared pools of configurable system resources
  • High-level systems that can be provisioned with minimal effort
  • Cost savings on administration, troubleshooting, and technology

Artificial Intelligence

A recent Atlassian user survey found out that 87% of respondents said artificial intelligence (AI) will change their job in the next three years.

And while some of the respondents were skeptical and some were excited about AI, almost every single person said AI was going to change the way they worked.

Despite that, AI isn’t to be feared. In fact, it can become one of your most valuable team members.

One thing is certain: AI is here to stay.

And the way things are going, AI will help teams make smarter, faster decisions.

So, how can artificial intelligent help project managers?

With Project Management AI.

Project management AI can perform day-to-day management without human input.

It can not only automate tasks but also develop an understanding of project performance.

Human PMs could use the AI’s insights to uncover problems or analyze outcomes.

And as the time progresses, artificially intelligent PMs will perform more complex tasks, make recommendations and even decisions based on data.

In a nutshell, an AI project manager would save you time.

Project management AI enables PM to make fast, data-driven decisions. With the help of a disruptive technology, AI-powered project managers will always have the information to make better decisions.

This disruptive project management trend can help you:

  • Get specific support in an area of your business
  • Expand your understanding of a project
  • Find ways to improve your KPIs

Internet Of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT), has been one of project management trends since 2017.

Expect more of the same in 2019.

But, the truth is that the IoT is slowly making its way into project management. Not only in the tools and software PMs use, but in everything, from connected machinery to security systems, and electronic appliances.

The IoT has a strong, almost untapped potential to introduce large swaths of new data to project management and that will, without a doubt, change the landscape of project management

But preparing for the IoT isn’t just a concern for megacorporations. Project managers and small business leaders also need to be ready for a connected workplace.

The IoT intersects with project management on everything from team collaboration to data collection. You can expect real-time status reporting via IoT to usher in a new era of dynamic planning and revolutionized project execution.

Data collection will happen seamlessly and constantly, allowing leaders to make more informed decisions. Inventory and resources will be easily monitored at all times.

This means the following benefits:

  • Lightning fast reports
  • Thorough, data-driven reports
  • Better data security


In 2019, we’re going to see some fundamental shifts in workplace and project collaboration.

Digital disruption has changed the way we collaborate and early adopters are leveraging better ways of collaborating with others.

Today, networks and ecosystems replace hierarchies, and instead of working for someone, people are working with.

Also, as technologies change, new project management trends focused on improving collaboration are changing the project management landscape.

That being said, remote work is changing the way people interact and collaborate, which calls for a more inclusive, diverse place.

One of the most disruptive project management trends is the shift away from hierarchical organizational structures towards team-based structures were work can be accomplished by horizontal teams.

In this 2019, expect new collaborative efforts like:

  • Project Management software
  • Better video communication
  • Remote collaboration


If you didn’t know already, cybersecurity is one of this year’s main disruptors.

But, according to a survey by NetworkersTechnology, only a third (32%) of the IT and Project Management professionals felt their organization was proactive in implementing cybersecurity changes in their projects.

The main reason for this is the skill shortage the profession is facing.

Due to a high proportion of newfangled cybersecurity risks now arising from the ways project managers handle data, the need for education on cybersecurity practices is a must.

Speaking of which, another survey, this time by Intel Security found that almost half (43%) of the data breaches and security alerts are caused by employees acting irresponsibly.

And this can have huge implications on the reputation of a company, especially one that manages sensitive user data like Facebook.

As more of the project management gets done in the cloud, PMs need to start worrying about their data and learn how to protect it.

These are some of the advantages this new project management trend can give you:

  • More connection and responsibility for your assets
  • Protection against data and contractual breaches
  • A solid defense against data theft

Talent Management

It’s a fact: Organizations that perform well in their projects, are those that invest in their talent.

A well-honed talent strategy can improve your project performance and reduce financial risks.

Alongside the focus on talent management, organizations like the PMI are stressing the importance of strategic talent management.

And this is a place where the digital disruption can help project management, too.

Talent management, in truth, plays a pivotal role in the digital transformation since it owns the overall employee experience.

As project managers have to supervise collaborators often, the digital-based project management trends can help PMs make better decisions.

And not having the right people in place invariably leads to delays in programs and projects.

These are some of the areas where digital disruption could impact how you manage your teams:

  • Cross-functional management and cooperation
  • Better decision-making through data and employee analytics
  • Faster moving of collaborators across teams and responsibilities

Compliance Knowledge

Traditionally, compliance is documented as the non-functional requirements during the project planning phase.

However, as things change and the digital trends start taking a solid foothold, compliance becomes even more complex.

Companies are subject to legal requirements. Failure to comply often results in penalties and a damaged company reputation. And if you work with clients from the EU, you need to be extra careful as compliance to the GDPR is fundamental to avoid legal issues.

As for project management, new trends in compliance management are rising due to technological evolution.

But this doesn’t mean that companies should compromise on their compliance procedures.

On the contrary, regulations are important to ensure every part of the project is protected.

These are some of the things that the new compliance trends in project management have brought to the table:

  • Faster information sharing
  • Smart, compliant contracts
  • Newer methods of project delivery


The rapid pace of technology change organizations face today is, simply, overwhelming.

However, as you may know now, disruption is the key to staying ahead and to become an effective project manager.

Integrating technology into your practice is a strategic investment, rather than an obstacle.

If you leverage the new project management trends, you will stay ahead of your competition, staying compliant and protected against change.

Adopting new technology can be challenging. It often involves changing the status quo of your business operations.

Yet, it’s a crucial, major driving force for growth.

And we can help you leverage its benefits.

Integra-ATS is here to guide you through your digital transformation.

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