The biggest trend in the project management space is certainly the move towards remote teams. Better remote management and meeting technology has been in play for years, but 2015 and 2016 have seen huge gains in terms of remote management ability. More remote teams means a drop in employees and a rise in the number of freelancers and independent contractors on project teams, which will also have a fairly big impact on how project teams work. The days of the office seem to be coming to an end, so make sure you're learning how to adapt to this new project environment.
Changes in Software
Software changes aren't exactly uncommon in the world of software management, so it shouldn't be that much of a surprise that the industry is seeing another sea change in terms of dominant software. Microsoft still makes some of the best products on the market, but other players are quickly eating up market share. As more businesses leave Windows for leaner (and cheaper) alternatives, it's likely that Microsoft's share of the pie will continue to shrink. If you're in the field, it's probably a good idea to start brushing up on some of the alternatives just in case.
There's no such thing as company loyalty these days, and that goes both ways. Project team turnover is higher than ever as employees leave businesses in hopes of better salaries and benefits. This puts project leaders at a disadvantage, as they must now learn how to work training into the daily grind. While there's certainly still a core of people who will remain with a team for the long run, it's no longer possible to assume that a single team will be able to move with you from project to project.
Team Makeup Changes
Indeed, project turnover will invariably move to shake-ups in team makeup. One of the more positive trends in project management is that team makeup is slowly become needs rather than organization based. This means that the members of your team will be the people who actually need to be there, rather than those who the org chart dictates should be in place. This should make for leaner, more efficient teams in the long run and more efficient projects in the short term. It will be difficult to transition to new team environments, but it should be for the best in most cases.
Project management is always changing, and you should always keep up with the latest trends. Whether you are looking at how your team functions or how you will manage the team, there's always news in your field. When you keep up with the latest trends, you'll never be caught by surprise.