Project Management

Why AI Isn’t Coming to Take Your Job

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected]. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

Technology is awesome—but it’s only as good as the people who use it. And, as far as I’m concerned, artificial intelligence doesn’t change that. While AI has been a hot topic for a while now, I simply don’t believe that it is anywhere close to being able to do what even an entry-level project manager can do—at least, not yet.

There are undoubtedly some exciting developments in the AI field, and obviously ChatGPT has been getting a lot of attention lately. But there are some pretty fundamental flaws. I asked it about myself, and it told me I was a PMP (I am) and a Certified Scrum Master (I’m not). When I challenged it on the CSM designation, it doubled down. When I told it that it was wrong, it said I was a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) instead. I’m not that, either. So, I’m not going to be trusting ChatGPT with any of my project communications anytime soon!

Of course, there’s a lot more to AI than chatbots (no matter how advanced they become), and I am happy to recognize that many of the applications of AI will contribute to project management. We’re starting to see the early implementations of that with things like portfolio modeling, decision support and related concepts in the latest generations of project portfolio management software, but it’s still pretty basic.

It will advance in the…

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