Project Management

Celebrity Status Reports: Coming to a Project in the Future?

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.

I have never been good at learning languages. In school in England, I passed my French—but barely—and my German teacher told my parents, “Quite simply, Mr. and Mrs. Jordan, the language is beyond him.” He wasn’t wrong. I bribed the kid sitting next to me with chocolate biscuits so I could copy him in the weekly tests. Now that I live in a Spanish-speaking country, I have been making a real concerted effort to improve my abilities in that language, and I use Duolingo to help.

The problem, apart from the fact that I’m no good at learning languages, is that I find Duolingo very hard to relate to. It’s not the tool, I just can’t relate to the characters, the phrases, and so on. I don’t get to use “rabbits have small noses” in my everyday conversations, and cartoon children and bears are tough for me to connect with.

But what does any of this have to do with project management in general, and artificial intelligence (AI) in project management in particular?

What makes communication effective?
I’m fairly sure that at various times throughout my project management career, some of the people I have been trying to communicate with have felt that I was speaking a foreign language. Whether with status reports, analyses of risks, requests for support, or any of the other myriad of things that PMs communicate …

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