Enginuity Future Skills Hub

Enginuity Future Skills Hub

Engineering and manufacturing is rapidly transforming, making it hard for employers to know what skills they need to keep pace with change.​ ​The Enginuity Future Skills Hub aims to demystify the skills, trends and transitions reshaping industries within the UK’s engineering and manufacturing sector.


What is digital project management?

Digital project management is the practice of managing projects using computer applications and tools to plan, execute, and monitor tasks, resources, and timelines, facilitating collaboration and communication among team members. For many manufacturing businesses, digital project management might be the starting point in the journey.

image with id: 79267814-9389-4e40-b589-a46420c49e10

Digital project management explained

How is digital project management used?

Digital project management applications and tools can be used across all phases of a project, including project planning, execution, communication, collaboration, resource allocation, budget management, risk assessment, documentation, quality assurance, stakeholder engagement, and post-project review.

Benefits of digital project management

Digital project management contributes to the efficiency, collaboration, and success of projects within small to medium engineering and manufacturing enterprises, especially those who are making moves towards digitisation.

Digital project management and Industry 4.0

Digital project management drives initiatives by optimising project planning, execution, and collaboration using digital tools and platforms. It enables agile project delivery, transparent communication, and adaptive decision-making, facilitating the seamless integration of technology, processes, and people.

Digital project management and sustainability

Digital project management can support sustainability by streamlining project workflows, enhancing collaboration, and reducing environmental impact by minimising paper usage, optimising resource allocation, and facilitating remote work.

Two people collaborating in a factory

What skills might you need?

Skills needed for digital project management include proficiency in project management methodologies, agile practices, and collaborative tools such as Jira or Trello. Additionally, strong communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills are essential for coordinating cross-functional teams and driving digital transformation initiatives in engineering and manufacturing projects. 

Other skills identified include:  

  • Project management 
  • Requirements definition and management 
  • Stakeholder relationship management 
  • Change implementation planning and management 
  • Decision support and analysis 
  • Learning delivery 
  • Information and knowledge management 
  • Quality management 
  • Business analysis 
  • Data management 
  • Supplier relationship management 
  • Portfolio management 
  • Business process improvement 
  • Methods and tools 
  • Risk management 

Who might need them?

The specific skills required depend on the roles and responsibilities of individuals within the organisation and their involvement in project management activities.

These may include: 

  • Project managers and leaders 
  • Functional and technical teams 
  • Project contributors 
  • Training and onboarding professionals 
  • Continuous improvement teams 
  • IT and technology teams 
  • Remote workers and collaborators

Useful resources

Person working on computer

Dig a bit deeper

A quick guide to digital project management.

Read more
Person working on computer

Want to upskill?

A useful blog post from DPM about how to choose a digital project management course.

Read more