Managing projects according to the latest trends

With agile methods all the rage, the role of the project leader is changing but remains as vital as ever

‘Agility’ is well and truly in fashion. I myself am a true believer. It means being able to adapt swiftly to changes in our environment.

But ‘agile’ is not a licence for anarchy. There’s still a place for planning and organisation. It’s first and foremost a way of thinking. Besides, several different fields did not wait for the advent of agile methods to start managing projects this way. What’s changing is that the thinking is spreading increasingly to new sectors.

How does all this affect projects? How has project management evolved? Answer: the same as the environment in which projects are being conducted.

If we consider society as a whole, methods for managing teams have evolved. Individuals are given more responsibility and managers now exert a l