Will AI help the project manager track critical paths, or perhaps identify and manage risks, or even prioritise the decision to be made?

The Potential of AI in Project Management

As curious as I am about the potential of AI? It’s amazing to see the current impact of AI on a wide range of industries, already affecting everyone daily.

Will AI help the project manager track critical paths, or perhaps identify and manage risks, or even prioritise the decision to be made? In multilingual project teams, it already facilitates communication with tools such as Deepl. Perhaps in the future, automatic AI translation during conference calls would make the work easier? Another area of application for AI in project management is the industry of PM tools (such as Asana, Monday, Trello, ClickUp or Microsoft Project, among others).

Have you ever asked ChatGPT to identify the risks of your project? I did a test for one of our projects that involved moving a data centre. The following were the first 3 suggestions in the response, which consisted of 12 risks:
1) Service interruption risk
2) Risk of data loss
3) Risk of equipment damage

Probably any PM would have identified these. However, in the plethora of answers (you can ask for “more risks”), you may identify a few that you had not thought of that are relevant to the specific situation/context of your project.

I went on to ask “How long will it take to complete this project?” and the answer surprised me:

“It is important to work closely with experienced project managers and vendors to create a detailed project plan that takes into account your unique requirements and minimises downtime during the move. This timeline is a general estimate, and your actual duration may vary”.

Hurrah! Project leaders should survive AI.

What I’ve learnt: It’s nice to play with AI in the context of planning a project and identifying its risks, but it takes time to check lots of generic answers to see if they can add value.

After all, projects rely on human interaction – at least for another year or so.

How do you use AI in your line of work?