Top Trends Influencing Project Control Groups Priorities Today

Cherie Gozon
Cherie Gozon
June 4, 2024
Top Trends Influencing Project Control Groups Priorities Today

Ever wondered how massive construction projects or complex software rollouts stay on budget and schedule? The answer lies in the strategic work of Project Control Groups (PCGs).  

But the world of project management isn't static – it's constantly evolving. In this article, we'll explore the cutting-edge trends shaping the future of project control and how PCGs are leveraging them to achieve remarkable project outcomes.

Digital Transformation in Project Management

Digital transformation involves integrating digital technology into all areas of project management. This shift transforms how PCGs operate, making project reporting and decision-making more efficient and precise. Embracing digital tools is now essential due to the increased complexity and scale of modern projects.

How PCGs are Embracing the Trend:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML): AI and ML revolutionize risk management by providing tools to predict potential delays and budget overruns, allowing for proactive interventions.
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM): BIM technology offers dynamic 3D modeling that enhances collaborative decision-making and reduces conflicts and rework during construction.
  • Project Management Software: Advanced software platforms like Microsoft Project, Basecamp, and Asana are critical for streamlining project tasks, enhancing communication, and providing real-time actionable data. Other platforms like Mastt also helps in creating real-time dashboards and project reports that helps PCGs make data-driven decisions for the project.

Agile Methodologies

Agile methodologies focus on flexibility and stakeholder involvement, which are increasingly necessary in today's fast-paced project settings. Project Management Firms are engaged earlier and on smaller scopes, often with just a feasibility or business case. As the project progresses and more funding is received on top of well-developed business cases and feasibility materials, these firms will be in the box seat to pick up project management for the design and construction stages.  

How PCGs are Embracing the Trend:

  • Smaller Work: Project Management firms and projects generally start with smaller pieces of work on smaller budgets.
  • Moving Quickly: A smaller budget and scope of work is easier to approve than a large, complete capital project budget.
  • Starting Today: PCG can let work immediately and skirt procurement restrictions with smaller work.
A screenshot of a computerDescription automatically generated
Legacy PM is one of the more agile Project Management firms in Australia.

Sustainability and Green Project Management

As environmental sustainability becomes a global priority, 'green' project management practices are increasingly adopted. These practices ensure that projects are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout their life cycles, maintaining the reputation of the project owner.

How PCGs are Embracing the Trend:

  • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs): Conducting comprehensive EIAs helps PCGs identify potential environmental impacts and develop mitigation strategies early in the project.
  • Green Building Standards: Implementing standards like LEED and BREEAM ensures that projects adhere to the highest sustainability benchmarks, enhancing ecological performance and often reducing long-term operational costs.
  • Carbon Credits: Some project owners buy carbon credits to offset the environmental impact of their projects. This process not only involves calculating the total carbon footprint of a project but also investing in or purchasing carbon credits that fund equivalent carbon-saving projects elsewhere, effectively balancing out the project’s carbon emissions.

Earlier, Enhanced Stakeholder Engagement

Modern projects involve multiple stakeholders with varied interests. Early and tailored engagement ensures that all parties know what is going on and align with their interests. Greasing the wheels of stakeholders early ensures that there is less friction later and leads to better outcomes and increased satisfaction.  Reporting more effectively means they actually read what a project manager gives them.

How PCGs are Embracing the Trend:

  • Digital Reporting. Platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams enable real-time collaboration and information sharing across the entire team, including stakeholders.
  • Stakeholder Mapping Tools: These tools aid in identifying key stakeholders, understanding their impact, and strategically managing their expectations and contributions.

Importance of Staying Up-to-Date with Trends

For PCGs, staying current with emerging trends is about keeping pace with competitors and harnessing new opportunities to drive project success. Trends like digital transformation and sustainability are changing the landscape of project management. PCGs that embrace these trends can deliver projects more efficiently, sustainably, and in closer alignment with stakeholders' evolving expectations.


The role of Project Control Groups has never been more critical or exciting. As digital transformation, agile methodologies, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement reshape the project landscape, PCGs are rising to the challenge, reinventing themselves as the strategic architects of the future. Their ability to evolve and innovate in the face of these trends isn't just about delivering projects on time and budget – it's about shaping the very definition of what project success looks like.

Take control of every step in your Capital Project lifecycle