Project Management

Embracing change and agility: Vital skills in project management

We look at the relationship between two of the most vital skills in Project Management and why they're important in an ever-evolving world.

In an ever-evolving world, change is the only constant. The landscape of business and project management is no exception, and in fact, project management is more future-facing than many other professions. And in order to succeed in the dynamic and competitive environment we find ourselves in, project management professionals need to hone their skills in change management and agile project management.  

Our career-orientated pathways are designed to streamline and future-proof your career, they have a strong focus on the modern relationship between agile methods and managing change. They ensure that regardless of the stage you are at in your career as a Project Manager, or if you are looking to move into project management, that you are set on the correct path to secure the skills you need for a successful career. We monitor the industry and ensure that our courses and pathways are aligned with the changing needs and demands of the market, ensuring that our students are best placed to secure employment even in the most competitive landscape.  

Let’s explore the importance of combining agile and change management skills, and the impact on the project management landscape. 


The shifting landscape of project management 

As the global business environment becomes increasingly complex and interconnected, traditional project management practices are no longer sufficient to meet the demands of the modern world. Project managers are facing new challenges that require adaptability and a proactive approach to change. Older, rigid and less adaptive methodologies are out: newer, flexible and highly effective methodologies are in.  

There is an increasing challenge for companies around the world in the recruitment of skilled workers, and for project management in particular these skills are centred around change management and agility.  

The Importance of Change Management 

Change management is a critical skill in today's project management landscape. It involves the systematic approach to preparing, supporting, and helping individuals, teams, and organisations adapt to change. 

 In the UK specifically, this skill is essential for the following reasons: 

  • Economic uncertainty: The ongoing uncertainties resulting from Brexit and the ongoing energy crisis, have meant that change management skills are invaluable, helping skilled individuals guide businesses through uncertainties and adapt to new realities.  
  • Technological advancements: The UK is a tech-savvy nation, with 96% of its businesses going through digitalisation (Office for National Statistics) Professionals with change management skills are essential to ensure their organisations stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and remain competitive in the global market. 
  • Globalisation: As the world becomes more interconnected, businesses are expanding their reach to international markets. Change management helps in aligning strategies, processes, and cultures with global standards. According to the UK's Department for International Trade, UK exports to non-EU countries were £388 billion in 2021, highlighting the importance of aligning with global standards, a core aspect of change management. 
  • Workforce diversity: The ONS reports that the UK's workforce is becoming more diverse. In 2021, 48% of the UK's workforce were women, and there's a growing emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Change management skills are critical in fostering inclusive work environments. 


The Impact of Agile Project Management 

Agile project management complements change management and is another essential skill. Agile methodologies are flexible and iterative in their approach to project management, consequently, they are perfectly suited to the versatile nature of today's projects.  

In the UK, agile is the most widely used and in-demand project methodology for the following reasons:  

  • Faster adaptation: A survey by PwC UK found that 86% of CEOs believe agility is the new currency of business. Agile allows project teams to respond quickly to changing requirements and market conditions, aligning with this demand for agility. 
  • Improved collaboration: The Project Management Institute (PMI) revealed that 67% of UK organisations implementing Agile practices have directly increased collaboration. 
  • Customer-centric approach: In a survey by McKinsey, 70% of respondents noted that Agile practices significantly improved their ability to focus on meeting customer needs and improving customer satisfaction. 
  • Reduced risk: The Project Management Institute (PMI) reported that 70% of UK organisations experienced a reduction in project risk by adopting Agile methodologies, addressing the concern of project failures. 
  • Efficiency and Innovation: The PMI's report also indicated that 68% of UK organisations reported increased productivity through Agile practices, showing alignment with the UK's pursuit of productivity and innovation. 


Change Management and Agile Project Management – A match made in heaven

The real magic happens when change management and agile project management are combined. By using change management principles to guide agile project execution, organisations can achieve seamless transitions during project implementations. This synergy ensures that employees and stakeholders are prepared for change and that the project can adapt as needed. 

Our career-defined pathways ensure that you have the relevant skills and confidence for the changing world of work. Speak to one of our Career Consultants about taking the next step towards your future. 

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