WHITE PAPER: The Future of Project Management

By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. AND J. LEROY WARD

(Updated May 2019)

The world is changing. What is the future of project management?

To understand the future of project management, we first must recognize that it is a critical component of a firm’s business model and for many organizations, it is the delivery system for sustainable business value.

We must also recognize that the project management landscape is shifting, as well as what’s required for organizations and their project managers to be successful in the long term.

This white paper will explore key topics such as:

  • What the definition of a project (and project success) will be in the future
  • Who wins and who loses when new business models are introduced
  • How to recognize dysfunctional project culture
  • Four new project management principles and what they mean for you
  • The different types of metrics and the value they measure
  • How Agile supports continuous delivery of business value
  • New skills and education to support the “next generation project manager”

About the Authors:

Dr. Harold Kerzner

Harold Kerzner (M.S., Ph.D., Engineering, and M.B.A) is IIL’s Senior Executive Director for Project Management. He is a globally recognized expert on project management and strategic planning, and the author of many best-selling textbooks including Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling and Project Management 2.0. Dr. Kerzner has previously taught project management and business administration at Baldwin-Wallace University, engineering at the University of Illinois and business administration at Utah State University. He obtained his industrial experience at Thiokol Corporation where he held both program management and project engineering responsibilities on a variety of NASA, Air Force, Army, Navy and internal R&D programs.


Dr. Harold Kerzner

J. LeRoy Ward is a highly respected consultant and adviser to Global Fortune 500 Corporations and government agencies in the areas of project, program, and portfolio management. With more than 38 years of government and private sector experience, LeRoy specializes in working with senior executives to understand their role in project and program sponsorship, governance, portfolio management and the strategic execution of projects and programs.