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How will the AI revolution impact project management?

One of the most exciting tech innovations to appear over the past few years is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on project management is set to be huge in the forthcoming years.

Updated on: 6th November 2019

Keeping up to date with the ever-changing industry is vital for a project manager at every stage of their career.

As AI has transformed our home life through spam filters, facial recognition in airports, personal assistants such as Alexa or Google Home, and, in the near future, driverless cars, it is also having an effect on our working life. How we do business is always evolving and now, with AI really only in its infancy, this technological advancement is likely to start moving faster than ever.

Learning People | Project manager standing at the front giving a speech on AI

What is the connection between AI and project management?

The next step in tech project management is likely to involve AI and with this in mind, it is set to be a great time for those within the field to look into how these developments might take shape over the next few years.

In some cases, this future is very much already here. 2018 saw jobs created as part of a multi-million-pound investment that will see the world’s first AI-led project management software be developed in Scotland.

Interestingly enough, the relationship between AI and tech project management doesn’t end there.

The space for strategy and planning

As noted here, tech project management offers both the means and the methodology behind strategic planning and, ultimately, change within businesses. The strategic and planning skills that the qualified tech project manager has cannot be replaced by AI, but when these plans are established, they will have the ability to become automated quickly.

Checking in on work, assessing the speed at which tasks are being completed, flagging issues and even finding solutions to resolve them might once have been the role of the project manager, but AI is likely to take over these standardised tasks. As TechRadar points out, human time on repetitive tasks will be reduced and subsequently, strategy, creativity and forward-planning time are increased.

Learning People | project manager viewing reports on a computer

Automated reporting

Reporting on completed or in-progress projects is often one of the mundane tasks that we have in our working week, whichever industry we’re in. Luckily though, the statistical nature of reporting means that it’s likely to be one of the very first tasks that tech project management teams can utilise AI for. TechRadar points out how automatically flagging problems will become commonplace, too.

In the same vein, see invoicing, resource allocation and scheduling. Both being mundane tasks that will, like reporting, could soon be given over to AI.

Increased collaboration

Aside from the future that sees AI taking over our most mundane project management tasks, there’s the ability that it has to shape the way that teams work across multiple platforms; and how this can lead to increased collaboration, openness and communication within teams, and increased productivity in general.

Communication platforms like Slack have revolutionised working environments for project managers. In fact, Strategy Execution even named increased efficiency due to the use of shared platforms as one of its key projects trends for 2019 at the beginning of this year.

The future, it’s clear, is positive as long as we make sure we’re invested in working with AI and being open to all the ways that it can improve both our businesses and the world as a whole. Luckily, as tech-savvy consumers, we’re relishing the challenge.

If you want to stay ahead when it comes to tech project management and all the developments that AI might lead to in the near future, it might be worth looking into a course that can get your technical knowledge up to speed. Find out more about all the courses offered by Learning People and speak to an expert career consultation.