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Dilbert cartoons are funny but they always make us stop and think. “How true?”

Writing on LiquidPlanner, “7 Project Management Trends for 2015”, Will Kelly, forecast “More Agile, less Waterfall”. He predicted that 2015 was going to bring even more Agile project management practices into small and large businesses. This prevalent theme is trending with bloggers and technology researchers alike and while it (“More Agile, less Waterfall”) is not a new phenomenon it is gathering pace.

Vara Prasad Rongala, writing for Business Insider India, referred to the PwC’s 2012 report titled Insights and Trends: Current Portfolio, Programme, and Project Management Practices which surveyed more than 1,500 respondents across 38 countries. Of those that responded, around 97% stated that project management is critical to business performance and the success of the organization; 94% agreed that project management facilitates business growth and 59% of most organizations which employed an agile project management methodology credited it for project success.

While the juggernaut train has left the station, we need to ask, how ready are we? In 2015 Trends in Business Analysis and Project Management, Elizabeth Larson cautions “as the Agile bandwagon continues to grow, some organisations, previously reluctant to jump aboard, are running to catch up. Sometimes, though, Agile is implemented without much thought to unintended consequences of not having enough organisational commitment when adopting Agile.”

“as the Agile bandwagon continues to grow, some organisations, previously reluctant to jump aboard, are running to catch up. Sometimes, though, Agile is implemented without much thought to unintended consequences of not having enough organisational commitment when adopting Agile.”

Staying abreast of trends and predictions will position you to plan strategically to take advantage of the coming changes but positioning is one thing, planning for success quite another.

The PMI’s Pulse of the Profession “Capturing the Value of Project Management”, published in February 2015, predicted the continued rise of Agile it too “suggests” it is “time for organisations to revisit the fundamentals of project management and, essentially, go back to basics.”

These basics include fully understanding the value of project management, having actively engaged executive sponsors, aligning projects to strategy, developing and maintaining project management talent, establishing a well-aligned and effective PMO and using standardised project management practices throughout the organisation.

So Agile is everywhere? That’s what’s trending. If nothing else trends are fun to read. “Agile is in vogue.” Matthew D-Feu wrote in techradar.pro but one certainty about trends and fashion is they change.

Trends and fashions aside there is one certainty. To deliver success with certainty you need Talent. Process, Product and Knowledge Sharing of course but at the root of every success is People.

Talent is at the core of everything we do at The Project Foundry.

Really though when it comes down to it, Dilbert cartoons are just funny!