I kept getting asked for my predictions for Project Management in 2016.\nI always find thinking this way rather at odds with our world.\nHow many Project Managers had projects that neatly concluded by New Years Eve, all ready for fresh ones to start when they returned to the office in January? How many PMs will work in a tangibly different way in this year to how they did in the last? I know one PM who studies Gartner\u2019s thinking with a forensic eye but most of the others are too busy getting the job done day in, day out to \u2018over think\u2019 their MO. I always recommend taking time out to sharpen the saw!\nAs Project Managers, we react and evolve minute by minute, not year by year. However, although the way we work doesn't necessarily lend itself to annual trends, I do think that when we reflect on 2016, Project Managers who consider their year to have been successful will have bought into three key ideas.\nCollaboration, persistence and listening to your end users!\n2016 will be the year of collaboration\nIn his blog post "Top 5 predictions for project management in 2016," Brad Egeland forecasts "Increasing reliance on remote project managers and consultants \u2013 growth of virtual team situations."\nI've seen evidence of this already and organisations who do this open themselves up to a greater selection of solutions and talent.\u00a0\nMore and more in 2016, organisations will enjoy greater success by reaching beyond their traditional Project Management parameters to pull in great talent and project development services. These 'project communities' will come together to work on a specific project and then often disband after delivery - some will work together again but for others, the convergence of their skills and an organisation\u2019s needs may never arise again.\nOn-tap skills and talent at a fraction of the cost of having them clock in at your office each day. Win \/ Win!\nAs Brad Egeland puts it, "Project teams rarely need to sit at the same table and by allowing your PM's and project teams to work remotely ... you can always find and obtain \u2013 at least on a contractual basis \u2013 the best of the best by not making them relocate just for the privilege of having them take up space at your company headquarters."\n2016 will be the year of the end user\nAs Gartner hones its vision for Bimodal IT and more organisations adopt this new way of thinking a new group of IT pioneers will emerge - those that actually use it! Your colleagues and customers.\nI have always been an advocate of PMs listening to what I suppose Gartner might call 'Mode 2 people'. As a consultant, I often tell clients that their best insights will come from their own employee ranks or customer data. It's where I often look first!\nSam Walton, the man behind Wal-Mart and (for a while) the richest man on the planet said, "The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say. It's terribly important for everyone to get involved. Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys.\u201d\nSam Walton built an empire by listening to his end users - to build your Project delivery empire ... listen to yours.\n2016 will be the year of persistence paying off\nThe American journalist and poet Christopher Morley said, \u201cBig shots are little shots who kept shooting.\u201d\nI've always found this quote inspiring on those dark, late, lonely nights that it can sometimes take to turn a project into a success.\nIn his blog 'Project Management Predictions for 2016', Canadian Project Manager Evan Sommerville writes, "The reality is that projects have issues. Always have. Always will. To be clear, this is not an admission of defeat; not by any stretch. It\u2019s simply a recognition of what is real. Despite the best-laid plans, the best of intentions, talented, hardworking teams, solid processes, training and experience, there will be risks and there will be issues."\nAnd he's right - and you know it. But you also know there is great truth in the words of Robert Frost - "The best way out is always through."\nTimelines will stretch you in unrealistic ways, projects will lack clarity of purpose, budgets will be leaner than required and the unforeseen will remain unforeseeable. The great PMs prepare for unpredictable challenges and they keep going.\nAs Evan Sommerville writes, \u201cAnticipate having to deal with the unknown- unknowns and most importantly, support each other when the going gets tough."\nNice one Evan.\nKeep on keeping on!\nAnd that's the best thing you can do in 2016.\nAs I say, I find predicting the year ahead rather at odds with our world. Most Project Managers I know didn't have projects that neatly concluded by New Years Eve, all ready for the fresh ones to start in January. If you're honest, you'll mostly work in 2016 the way you did in 2015, because chances are, you will be working on the same project and under the same pressures.\nIndeed, one PM I know was working on a crucial strategic project as Big Ben struck twelve and as the famous New Year's Eve Ball descended in Times Square.\nI raised a glass to him and to you.\nHere's to a successful year!