~ By Kevin Archbold
Over the past ten years, the US-based Project Management Institute (PMI) has grown from around 25,000 members to almost 250,000. This ten-fold increase represents a marked departure from the steady but slow growth of the organisation since its creation in 1969 and is a significant indication of an increased interest in project management.
Certainly the institute has played a vital role in its own growth. PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) has become a standard in many industries, along with its Project Management Professional certification. International marketing has also created a global membership, versus a primarily US-based membership ten years ago.
However there are other, more broad-based changes that have also contributed to PMI's growth. These include:
There is little evidence to suggest any of these factors will be going away any time soon, and so we should expect this increased interest in project management to continue during the next decade. If you haven't already, you might want to consider taking on one more project within your organisation; that of implementing project management.
Kevin Archbold, PMP has nearly 20 years of project management experience working with large and small organisations in a variety of industries, including automotive, nuclear, telecommunications, trucking, IT, recruiting, HR, and government. He owns a project management services company, Key Consulting, Inc. with offices in Seattle, WA and Tucson, AZ. He has presented at both the local and national level within the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is the winner of a local chapter PMI Project of the Year Award.