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Top 10 Strategy Execution Trends for 2017

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This year, we’re seeing the project management discipline evolve beyond traditional borders and methodologies to keep pace with organisational changes. Collaboration and strategic thinking are happening from the bottom-up, and smart organisations are recognising the need for skill sets beyond traditional project management to be successful.

Our top 10 strategic execution trends for 2017 explore the transformation of traditional project management and highlight the emergence of the combined meta-practice of project management, business analysis, and strategy execution.

Key highlights include:

  • Adaptive Execution: The Birth of One Meta-Practice
    Organisations are less concerned about adhering to single methodologies and are instead creating a blend that works for their culture and strategy.
  • Digitalisation – A New Project Management Tribe
    The adoption of mobile, cloud and data technology is changing how companies run projects and get work done.
  • Change Managers are Essential for Innovation
    Change managers are no longer being sidestepped as organisations recognise that change needs formal handling.
  • The BA and PM Partnership Strengthens
    The relationship between business analysis and project management will mature into a strong partnership that combines best practices from each of the two disciplines to more effectively achieve organisational alignment.
  • Renewed Focus on Benefits Management
    There will be a renewed focus on benefits management as it reinvents itself as a simpler process that is not just reserved for business analysts.

These trends are indicators of a new way of doing business. The collaboration of best-practices and blending of disciplines suggests that organisations are pushing toward the dismantling of a traditional project management world we used to know. To effectively realise results, organisations must invest in training their doers to be thinkers and leaders, and incorporate a strategic mindset into their day-to-day work.