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Self-service Robots?! - 2030 Week Day 1 - PPM
Harri Freeman 12 Dec 2016 09:22
Hi there!

Welcome to the first day of 2030 Week on AXELOS Community! Throughout this week we'll be presenting scenarios of what WE think best practice will look like in 2030. To take part in the challenge and be in with a chance at winning, all you need to do is read the scenario and tell us what you think!

Today we are talking about how automation will shape the future of your role.

"In 2030 automation has consumed the world of project management. There have been huge leaps forward in real time data analytics and project managers are no longer required to design or schedule any documentation or schedules of work. Instead, they enter their project requirements into an application, which instantly analysis the project objectives against all available data it has to develop the perfect project plan.
 
These systems can utilise data such as staff holiday requests, skills and experiences listed on staff professional development profiles and even budgets and costings of similar projects over the years, in order to provide a collection of recommended plans and activities for a successful project.
 
The role of the project manager is now simply gather requirements and make decisions about which recommendations to follow. The planning and analytical side of their role is now completely automated."


How close is this to your vision of project management and automation in 2030? Let us know in the comments below.
 
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12 Dec 2016 11:57

This scenario can be true in few years, long before 2030, for highly predictable projects, however it will not be the case for many projects in 2030. The role of the PM is to define the project approach among several alternatives, to get support and to articulate resources, knowledge and power to get approvals, funding, engage stakeholders, minimize conflicts and so on. Robots may help gathering data and preparing alerts, etc. PM roles will continue being performed by humans with a little help from robots.

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12 Dec 2016 21:20
I agree.  As with decision support systems, predictable projects can easily by automated.  However, human intervention will still be needed to engage stakeholders, build relationships, and provide conflict resolution.
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joh
13 Dec 2016 09:54
Yes, automation will accelerate in the near future! The question we all should ask is what parts of our jobs we could automize and what parts require our human touch. Then focus our time and efforts accoringly. Or risk being left behind. Same question goes for both organizations and individuals.
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13 Dec 2016 12:16
Maybe achieveable to the boundaries of the fully manageable scope of supply (i.e. to the extremities of where third party interfaces are predictable and risks outcomes are quantifiable).
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13 Dec 2016 18:54
There will be offerings of tools as described. Such tools will have the bottleneck of convincing the PMs, as the latter will have concerns about the reliability resp quality of the proposals.
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13 Dec 2016 21:08
The technologies to realize this scenario exist as big data, analysis, predictive and artificial intelligence which will allow to implement applications to build the management plan of the project based on the information entered by the project manager.
In the future, the role of the project manager will be limited to exchanging with project stakeholders to collect the needs and requirements of the project.
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16 Dec 2016 08:16
Automation and robots of this kind would serve as great tools for project managers and senior executives but the human element of project management will always be essential.

Few project can be considered truly predictable.  Even if robots can produce the perfect project plan, the unpredictable element will always be people, whether it is stakeholders or project team members.  Robots cannot predict the behaviour or future decisions of people.  

That being said, tools would assist with decision making and the successful delivery of projects but there will always be the need for project managers and executives to make effective use of the tools.
 
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