Connecting the adaptive management dots


On LinkedIn I will often find discussions on Agile methods and best practices. It’s obvious that Agile thinking is influencing not only software programming projects. Agile within software is already being transformed again, from some defined methods like Scrum, towards different hybrids leading to up-scaled adaptive oriented organizations (see article on Spotify). It’s clear that there is a global and cross-functional (software, hardware, construction etc.) movement towards self organizing teams and adaptive development that has moved beyond the early ideas of Lean and Agile.

Project Management 2.0 is now more and more recognized. From Wikipedia; “While traditional project management often was driven by formal reporting and hierarchical structures, project management 2.0 stresses the need for access to information for the whole team.” I was a bit upset reading this as formal reporting is nothing I really picked up being the driving force behind i.e. PMI standards. Project Management 2.0 seem to be attractive to promote by some of the online project management collaboration tools, for obvious reasons. Dr. Harold Kerzner had the ending key note speech during Passion for Projects 2014. Dr. Kerzner talked about new KPI metrics for Project Management 2.0, and other method changes like online and mobile device collaboration. One quote from his speech; “The future of project management is paperless status reporting”. Read more about this here.

Management 3.0 is a new popular buzz word, promoted by Jurgen Appelo and his book with the same title. Management 3.0 is about agile transformation (The gardener metaphor is very descriptive for this view), realizing that modern management is a ecosystem, similar to system thinking, described as below:


Management 3.0 is already being offered as management courses. Agile is continuing to spread and transform. Project Management is evolving with new standards and certifications (for example PMI-ACP). It will be very exciting to follow the continued evolution, but sooner or later I believe the different principles will have to meet and merge, after some more years of management text books and Agile conferences iterations.. 😉

As a professional project manager I will for now stick with this quote; “Project management is still project management no matter how you call it. It is a discipline and has nothing to do with the software tools that are being used to apply it.”