2017 Project Management Review

Jonty Plewes 06.12.2017

We are coming to the end of another big year for the Project and Change team at Morgan McKinley, as we close out on another busy December (no sign of the slow down just yet!) I wanted to provide you with an update on the the year that has been:

2017 has been a big year for the projects and change management team. The busy first part of the year saw a demand for contract project managers to help businesses deliver small to mid-level projects before year end. As organisations gained new budgets we saw a fundamental difference in the way these businesses choose to spend their budget across projects compared to last year. Instead of the rush to get junior to mid-level project managers recruited to get new projects underway; organisations were keen to understand how they could transform their businesses to exceed expectations and drive competition within their sectors. This saw a rapid growth in the recruitment of more senior business transformation positions across the latter part of the year.

Telco, Airlines and Energy businesses continue to drive cost saving initiatives which has seen a rise in the offshoring of certain service models for more cost-effective working. In response to this organisations are utilizing other business units to complete the projects that do align to the businesses strategies. In turn we have seen a high demand for business project managers across these sectors. Individuals that have experience delivering projects within finance, customer, supply chain and HR and can bridge that gap between the business and technology are seen as having a preferred skill set at this time.

Agile is still a buzz word across all sectors and has been throughout 2017. However, there has been a shift in the way in which businesses feel they should be utilising this methodology. Finding out that Agile is extremely useful in some parts of the business but not successful in others. This has seen a decline in the need for Agile Coaches to come into organisations and inform the business of how to transition to a more agile way overall. But has seen an increase for Agile Project, Product Managers and Scrum Masters to sit within a select few business units where agile is seen to be productive; Product development, Customer and Service where the need to act quickly is essential to keep up with the competition within these industries. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has worked with the team this year, we look forward to working with you again in 2018.  Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you are looking for a new role in 2018 or if you are looking to hire Project staff onto your Program. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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Associate Director | IT & Business Transformation