Project Management

Leading with Humanity: Project Manager as Project Leader in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Disruption

Durga P. Phuyal is a project leader with managerial skills and has more than 7 years of experience leading and directing small to mid-sized projects in the software industry using both agile and waterfall approaches. He holds CDAP/ DALSM, PMI-ACP, and PMP certifications, and is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Currently, Phuyal works as an agile coach/project manager for Rational Tech Pal and conducts highly customized professional training at both organizational and global levels.

In this volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, managing projects successfully is a tough job. It requires project managers to have both leadership and managerial skills. Leadership is not limited to having technical and communication skills. There are many mixed sets of skills combined with leadership and team management that are continuously evolving. As the effectiveness and performance of project managers are determined by the performance of a project team, it is essential to focus on team building and developing activities throughout the project life cycle. Modern project managers ought to go beyond the command and control and silo mentality to remain relevant in what the Project Management Institute (PMI) calls The Project Economy―an atmosphere where people have required ”power skills” and capabilities to turn ideas into reality in the age of artificial intelligence (AI), automation, and digital transformation. This article will cover the key skills that project managers must hone that will not be replaced by AI disruption, and calls for the transformation from project manager to project leader.


Modern Project Managers as Project Leaders
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