I recently attended a local chapter seminar on AI, the intent of the discussion, I think, was to introduce project managers to what AI is, how it can impact our jobs and what it means to the Tech industry. Although I did not find the seminar/discussion of much value, it did provide some time for me to think about the impact or AI on my role as a Project Manager.
I started to list my daily activities and thought through how difficult it would be for AI to take over (either today OR near term):
The above, of course, is a short list and the ability for AI to perform those PM related tasks is based on my understanding of where AI is now or in the near future. Of course there is a cost associated with AI being developed to perform those tasks and short term cost/benefit probably leaning towards us humans to continue as we have been BUT given the history of IT and Moore’s Law…..how much longer will that be the case. Can any of you think of other PM related tasks that AI can do now? Or in the near future? What are those PM skills/tasks that ‘we think’ are further out on the AI horizon?
If you look at a yard stick, you see a finite object, a tool most likely designed with one use in mind, such as a seamstress yardstick to measure cloth. However, in the right hands, that yard stick could be used to measure your child, used by imaginary pirates in a sword fight and held up to the night sky to determine proportional (and highly inaccurate) distances between stars.
Isn’t this the same with the Project Management toolset that we are utilizing in our daily jobs?
Could we expand our own skillset to be used in areas that few PM’s have ventured before (sounds like Captain Kirk/Star Trek’ish)?
Let’s look at some of the tools used in project management:
Besides the usual accounting system, web based social media or kitchen rehab project – what other areas could we apply our skills to a better purpose?
Let’s be honest, project management, on the surface, is no more interesting or glamourous than a seamstress yardstick, BUT it’s the same type of finite tool that can be used in an infinite number of ways with us being the only limiting factor. Wouldn’t the expansion of use of our tools lead to a greater appreciation and mastering of them?
Be it from friends, co-workers, Reports, Audits, Outside consultants, Inter-Galactic Gurus, expensive Standish Reports, inexpensive internet discussions....where ever you get your information from, chances are it's going to leave you with the guidance or direction you initially envisioned. Could it be that you're SO SMART and INTUITIVE that you knew what all the experts would have said? Most likely not...chances are that the information you're seeking, the advice you seek and the meta-physical data gathering done is very tainted by what you wanted it to be...in other words, YOU MADE THE RESULTS say what you wanted it to be.