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How millennials are changing project management

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While there are tried, tested, and true aspects of project management, millennials are bringing fresh perspectives — leveraging technological advancements and placing additional focus in areas like economic, ecological, and social factors.

Alex Shootman, CEO at Workfront, a cloud-based enterprise work and project management solution provider, said learning to work with millennials is key since “digital natives now rule, and will increase in power and influence over the next several years.”

“Just like any immigrant and native in a society, there are differences, and those differences will change the workplace,” said Shootman. “Differences include that digital natives view the workplace as egalitarian vs. hierarchical, they prefer telecommuting and flexible hours and the opportunity to make up work remotely, (i.e., from a café on a weekend or while on vacation).”

“Natives like multitasking or task switching and prefer to learn ‘just-in-time’ and only what is minimally necessary.” Shootman said millennials “interact and network simultaneously with many, even hundreds of others. Egalitarian, flexible, task switching, just-in-time skills and highly networked. This is not the current work environment.”

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Why the focus on the role of millennials in projects?

“By 2020, millennials will make up half the global labor force, and by 2030, they’ll account for 75%. Millennials’ aversion to hidden agendas, rigid corporate structures and information silos coupled with a willingness to explore new opportunities will fundamentally change the nature of work or severely cost businesses,” said Eric Bergman, vice president of product management at Changepoint, a professional…

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