What do you think when you think Project Manager? Technical Project Management skills? The need to understand project scope, how to build a schedule and a budget and ensure the deliverables are produced on time?
While all those things are still vital to the role of a Project Manager, we have to understand that the role is rapidly changing, and you need to try and keep up with that pace of change.
Read below for an insight into how the role is evolving and some skills that you, as a Project Manager, need to arm yourself with.
You need to be able to communicate beyond simply relaying information – you need to be able to engage directly with stakeholders in a meaningful way, to achieve desired project outcomes.
From talking to vendors about goods and services to trying to secure stakeholder involvement in a project, negotiation is now a vital part of being a Project Manager. Being able to negotiate also gives you the ability to deal with any conflict that arises in your project.
Being proactive rather than reactive in Project Management means you always have more control over potential issues. Spending time planning for and managing risks means your project will, more often than not, be successful. You can be lucky on some projects but unfortunately, you can’t replicate luck.
According to Gartner, by 2030, 80 percent of the functions that make up the role of Project Manager will be eliminated as artificial intelligence (AI) takes on these functions. Titles such as Strategic Advisor, Innovator and Communicator will replace it and soft skills will win out over hard skills.
The Project Managers of tomorrow will have to wear multiple hats and possess a deep understanding of the business and strategic values of the project.
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